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  • 22 November 2021

Handbags x HYPE: The Luxury Remix

New York – Christie’s New York presents Handbags x HYPE: The Luxury Remix, a curated auction that reformulates our understanding of luxury today. The confluence of heritage fashion houses and streetwear has reinvented the luxury space. From inspiration to collaboration, this dramatic shift has remixed luxury and redefined what is collectible. The sale will be open for bidding online from November 24-December 9, and the full selection will be open for preview by appointment at Christie’s New York from December 3-7.

Leading the sale, we are proud to offer one of the most collectible pair of sneakers to ever come to market: a pair of game-worn and dual signed Air Jordan XIIIs ($300,000-500,000), from Michael Jordan’s last regular season game of the Chicago Bull’s championship season. Also on offer are two covetable collections of iconic contemporary sneakers: the most impressive groupings of contemporary sneakers ever released, a complete set of Kanye West Adidas Yeezy 350s ($30,000-50,000), released between 2015 and 2020, to a complete set of Virgil Abloh Nike Off-Whites, 2017- 2020 ($60,000-90,000), comprising 57 and 50 pairs respectively.

From the most classic and collectible Hermès pieces, such as a rare Himalaya Birkin 35 ($80,000-100,000) and a Rouge Vif Veau Doblis Kelly 25 with diamond and 18k gold hardware ($20,000-30,000), to limited edition bags making their auction debut, such as the Menthe Fray Fray Birkin ($15,000-20,000) and Cosmos HAC Birkin ($20,000-25,000), as well as Kelly 20 IIs in a rainbow of colorways, handbag connoisseurs will be delighted with this holiday’s edit of brands, styles and sizes.

The auction will also include a comprehensive selection of Supreme artist collaboration skateboards and lifestyle accessories, from the highly coveted Supreme Pinball Machine ($20,000-30,000) and Honda Motorcycle ($15,000-20,000), to the Fender Guitar ($3,000-5,000) and Pearl Drum Set ($4,000-6,000). Also featured is a MBD: A Donda Bullet Proof Signed Vest by Kanye West ($20,000-30,000). Worn during the August 5th 2021 Donda Album release listening party by Kanye West, the bullet proof vest is offered complete with ballistics panels and hand-painted DONDA. The vest is also signed by Kanye to read “MBD” (my body different).

Caitlin Donovan, Head of Department, Handbags and Accessories, Christie’s New York, commented: “The definition of luxury has shifted, and mimicking the market I am excited to introduce our second iteration of Handbags X HYPE: The Luxury Remix. With streetwear and sneaker culture reinventing how we define high end luxury, we introduce a new version of a luxury sale at Christie’s, appealing to today’s younger and more diverse audience of collectors, as well offering the staple luxury icons which shaped our category since the inception in 2014.”

For more information and to browse the sale click HERE and follow @christieshandbags.

SALE INFORMATION:

PRESS IMAGES AVAILABLE HERE

PREVIEW: 3-7 December 2021, Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Center, New York

ONLINE AUCTION: 24 November to 9 December 2021

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps. The COVID-related re-opening status of our global locations is available here.