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  • 28 July 2020

Results | Christie's Handbags Online: Summer in the City achieves $2.26 million, 28 July 2020

HERMÈS, 2016, AN EXCEPTIONAL, MATTE WHITE HIMALAYA NILOTICUS CROCODILE DIAMOND BIRKIN 25 WITH 18K WHITE GOLD & DIAMOND HARDWARE, PRICE REALIZED: $300,000

Results – Christie’s New York online sale of Handbags & Accessories: Summer in the City (14-28 July) totaled $2,266,750, achieving the highest total for an online Handbags sale at Christie’s, with 88% sold by lot and 117% hammer compared to low estimate. There was global participation with registered bidders from 29 countries and the sale attracted over 40% first-time registrants and 34% new bidders.

The top lot of the sale was an extremely rare Hermès Diamond Himalaya Birkin 25—the first ever offered in a New York online sale—which realized $300,000, setting a new record for a handbag sold in an the U.S. and the highest price achieved for a handbag sold in any online-only auction.

Other notable results included a rare matte white Hermès Himalaya Birkin 30, which sold for $150,000; a delightful Hermès Mini Picnic Kelly 20 II that sold for $56,250; and a highly sought after limited-edition Hermès Bleu Marine Faubourg Birkin 20, which sold for  $200,000 against a low estimate of $80,000. Additionally, strong prices were achieved for artist collaborations, Chanel runway accessories, and Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh designed limited edition pieces.

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in 2019 that totalled £4.5 billion / $5.8 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.