• Press release
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  • Paris
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  • For immediate release
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  • 13 November 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Sacs & Accessoires - Paris, 12 December

Public Exhibitions: London 15-18 November; Paris 8-11 December

A Jaune Epsom Leather Sellier Mini Kelly 20 with Gold Hardware, Hermès, 1991

Provenance: The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, Christie’s 2011

Paris – On 12 December as part of the Sacs & Accessoires auction in Paris, Christie’s is pleased to offer at auction the Jaune Courchevel Leather Mini Kelly 20 by Hermès originally sold at Christie’s in the 2011 auction the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor. This auction was the most valuable sale of jewelry and fashion ever.

“This museum-level handbag is not only important for its impressive provenance, but from a handbags perspective the Kelly 20 has been discontinued for over 15 years, the color, Jaune, is discontinued, and the leather Courchevel is discontinued. This is truly an irreplaceable item and one of the most important handbags to ever be auctioned.” Matthew Rubinger, International Head of Handbags & Accessories.

The full auction will feature over 200 handbags and accessories from Asprey, Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton as well as a single owner collection of 40 important and whimsical crystal evening bags from Judith Leiber and Kathrine Baumann, perfect for the holiday season. The prices will range from €1,000-€100,000. It will take place on 12 December at 2pm at Christie’s Paris, 9 avenue Matignon with exhibitions in both London and Paris in November and December.

"This sale was curated for the holiday season with a distinct Parisian flare. For our fifth handbags auction in the fashion capital, we hope that collectors will come to our public exhibitions and auction to see the runway Chanel pieces, archival and vintage Hermès, the single-owner collection of important crystal evening bags and of course our incredible top lots – the diamond Birkin, Himalaya Kelly, and Custom Crocodile Birkin that’s featured on the catalogue cover. The Paris holiday auction is always one of the most exciting of the year!” Lucile Andreani, Junior Specialist Handbags & Accessories, Paris. 


This season the exhibitions in both London and Paris will be designed in Rococo Parisian salon theme; the public is welcome and photos are encouraged!

15-18 November, Christie’s London

8-11 December, Christie’s Paris

Other events from Handbags & Accessories this season

The Christie’s Handbags & Accessories holiday sale season will begin 29 November in Hong Kong, followed by New York the first week of December, and concluding in Paris on 12 December.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.