The Christie’s handbag sale is one of the few times a year where Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags, Louis Vuitton trunks, and vintage Chanel bags all come together to be bid upon. It’s also one of the few times a year when the ultra rich drop hundreds of thousands of dollars on some of the rarest bags in the world. In fact, one of the most expensive items ever sold at the Christie’s handbag sale was a Louis Vuitton trunk, which sold in 2018 for US$198,656. And 2020 could see even more record-breaking sales, especially as wealthy people under lockdown look to put their money in assets such as luxury watches, high-end bags, real estate and artwork. Here, in ascending order, are some of the most expensive bags the auction house has ever sold. The most expensive Chanel bag sold at Christie's was the Métiers D’Art Paris-Shanghai Black Lucite Matryoshka evening bag with gold hardware. It sold on June 19, 2018 at Christie’s New York for US$32,500. The most expensive plain leather Hermès bag sold at Christie’s was the metallic bronze Chèvre Leather Birkin 25 with gold hardware. It was sold on December 12, 2017, at Christie’s Paris for US$109,500. The most expensive bag from Hermès’ “So Black” Collection sold at Christie’s was the matt black Niloticus Crocodile So Black Birkin 30 with rare PVD hardware. It sold on May 29, 2019, at Christie’s Hong Kong for US$209,553. The most expensive Hermès Kelly Bag sold at Christie’s was the matt white Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Retourné Kelly 25 with palladium hardware. It sold on November 25, 2019, at Christie’s Hong Kong for US$241,789. Fake Hermès Birkin bags sold to Asian tourists The most expensive bag ever auctioned at Christie’s was a matt white Niloticus Crocodile Himalaya Birkin 30 with diamond hardware. It sold on November 29, 2017, at Christie’s Hong Kong for US$384,285.