The one-off Hermes purses set to fetch up to $80,000 EACH at auction of heritage handbags

Two of Hermes’ most rare creations are set to be auctioned in New York this month.

The 43cm Himalaya in emerald alligator, red ostrich, violet suede and black calf box leather dates back to 1982, Heritage Auctions reveals, and boasts the house’s iconic Kelly belt closure positioned asymmetrically at one side.

The current bid is at $15,000, but with the sale not taking place until April 28, the final figure looks set to far exceed that.

Also a highlight of the auction, is the Hermès 25cm white Himalayan crocodile Birkin with palladium hardware. According to the auction house, this design is rare not only for its ‘mini’ size, but because it is one of the most difficult bags to produce.

Inspired by the snowy mountaintops of the Himalayas, achieving the gradient coloring is an especially challenging process. The current bid sits at $42,500, indicating strong demand for the ‘serious collector’s piece’.

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