New World Auction Record for a Collection of Miniature Handbags by Hermès – HK$2,460,000/US$318,589
Hong Kong – Christie’s Handbags & Accessories Autumn Sale totalled HK$41,017,375/US$5,312,065.
The top lot of the sale set a new world auction record, realising HK$2,460,000/US$318,589. Named “Leather Forever Japan Star Bags”, this lot comprises 8 miniature handbags of Hermès iconic models: Birkin, Bolide, Constance, Faco, Farming, Kelly, Roulis and Toolbox. This extraordinary collection was previously displayed in the Tokyo National Museum where Hermès housed its successful traveling exhibition, “Leather Forever”, in 2014.
Other highlights of the season include, a one-of-a-kind Passe-Guide Star Bag by Hermès, previously showcased in the “Leather Forever” exhibition in Hong Kong in 2014, sold for HK$ 500,000 /US$64,754; and an exceptional, shiny black Porosus Crocodile Diamond Sellier Kelly 25 with 18K White Gold & Diamond Hardware by Hermès, which realised HK$ 1,125,000/US$145,696.
Matthew Rubinger, Senior Vice President & International Director, Handbags & Accessories, Asia & EMERI, commented: “Further to our record-breaking sale this Spring, we are delighted to set another auction record for the unique “Leather Forever Japan Star Bags”collection. The strong sell-through rates were generated from active in-room, phone and online bidding, predominantly by Asian buyers. The successful sale reflects our strategy of sourcing only the most exquisite and rarest handbags and accessories that appeal to both new buyers and established collectors.”