Elegance: Jewels, Watches & Handbags
South Kensington – Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Sale no: 6319 – Top Three
[All sold prices include buyer’s premium] 





Lots Sold: 218

Lots Offered:336

Sold by Lot: 65%

Sold by £: 56%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.614/ € 1.148




Estimate (£)

Purchase Price



Hermès, 2007
A vert anis crocodile 'Birkin' bag

30,000 - 35,000

£37,250 $60,121

Asian Private


Hermès, 2010
An amethyst crocodile 'Birkin' bag

30,000 - 32,000

£37,250 $60,121

Asian Private


Hermès, 2010
A vert emerald lizard 'Birkin' bag

20,000 - 25,000

£30,000 $48,420

American Private


Comment: Clare Borthwick, Specialist and Geoff Young, Associate Director said:
“Christie’s second ever Elegance sale saw a busy saleroom with competitive bidding both in the room and on the telephones.  Hermès handbags commanded the highest prices, with rare examples and brightly coloured exotics proving the most popular with collectors. Eight handbags sold for more than £15,000 each, including a vert emerald lizard ‘Birkin’ bag, which sold online via Christie’s LIVE for £30,000.
Competition was strong for diamonds, signed jewels and good quality antique pieces – a pair of diamond single stone earstuds realised £27,500 while a diamond foliate spray brooch achieved £21,250. The watch section performed well, led by a diamond set “Imperiale” wristwatch by Chopard that tripled the pre-sale estimate to sell for £11,250.” 

Press Contact:

Leonie Ashfield               020 7752 3121       

Next Sale Date:

The next sale Elegance sale will be held on 16 November 2011

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