March 16, 2022In blog

What Are The Most Expensive Handbags In The World?

There are few accessories as personal as a handbag, and bespoke handbags have been popular and desirable since the earliest modern examples were designed by H. J. Cave for the wife of Doncaster industrialist Samuel Parkinson, inventor of butterscotch.

Handbags are a beautiful medium for design, for artistic and for personal expression, and much like other forms of jewellery, some highly expensive bags have been sold and worn as a way to stand out from the crowd.

With that in mind, here are some of the most expensive handbags ever made.


Hermés Birkin By Ginza Tanaka

Ginza Tanaka, one of the oldest and most prestigious goldsmiths in Japan, helped to design a bag that cost £1.44m, in no small part because it is made out of platinum.

The Hermés Birkin by Ginza Tanaka has 2000 diamonds adorning it and its strap is so opulent it could be used as a necklace by itself. It also featured an 8-carat dazzling pear-shaped diamond that could also be fitted as a brooch.


Hermés Sac Bijou Birkin

Whilst it may seem like a handbag made of diamonds and platinum could not possibly be topped in the expense stakes, Hermés unveiled the Sac Bijou Birkin bag as part of their 2012 Haute Bijouterie collection.

Made entirely out of rose gold and diamonds and with only three examples in existence in the world, it combines precious materials with rarity to make for a bag that costs £1.9m.


Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse

Officially known as the world’s most valuable handbag, Mouawad’s 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is shaped like a heart, made primarily from 18-karat gold and features an incredible 4,517 diamonds onto its surface, including 105 yellow, 56 pink and 4,356 colourless stones.

It took 9000 hours by master craftspeople to put it together and costs £2.88m in total.