There is a hierarchy in value when it comes to more common Birkin and Kelly models,which are already considered more desirable compared to other bags from Hermès. How to buy a US$200,000 second-hand Hermès Birkin handbag “The sizes that get a higher resale value are usually the smaller ones – for Birkins, 25cm is preferred, then 30cm. Kelly bag resale values are highest for the 25cm and 28cm sizes,” says fashion blogger Ingrid Chua. The construction method also plays a part: “Kelly structures come in sellier mou (which are outside stitched, hence more rigid in structure) or retourne (inside stitched, so the structure is softer). Sellier mou is the more expensive way to construct a Kelly, and is considered rarer. Birkins used to come only in retourne, but the sellier mou has since become an alternative that’s not as regularly offered,” says Chua. Bag a Hermès like Melania’s? Online handbag sale raises the big bucks View this post on Instagram 5P A post shared by galaxyluxury (@galaxyluxury) on Dec 3, 2019 at 2:49am PST Among more “regular” models, certain leathers are more desirable – Himalayan croc skin is definitely the pinnacle, but collectors also appreciate barenia or box calfskin, often used in vintage models, and chèvre. Regular leather Birkin and Kelly bags that are considered more “unicorn” are “purple-hued ones like anemone, lilac and pastel pink shades like sakura. VVIPs are given the privilege of special orders, and having a bag combination with those shades will really make your friends green with envy,” Chua adds. View this post on Instagram Happy Valentines day A post shared by galaxyluxury (@galaxyluxury) on Feb 14, 2019 at 5:12am PST For those who are looking for the extraordinary, there are the unique finds that show up on auction blocks – with price tags to match. Winsy Tsang, head of sales at Christie’s, concurs that Himalayan Birkins and smaller-sized models tend to fetch higher returns, including miniature bags such as the Kelly Pochette, Mini Kelly and Mini Lindy. Here’s a peek at Kylie Jenner’s US$1 million handbag collection She also notes, “oversized bags have also returned as a new must-have item, with its refreshing practicality making waves in the fashion world. We are also seeing more male collectors participating in Christie’s handbag auctions, bidding for the larger 40- to 50-inch men’s bags”. The Himalayan Birkin may be the model that breaks auction records, but models from the So Black collection, featuring black Niloticus crocodile skin with black hardware, were discontinued in 2010, increasing in value over time. “Hermès limited editions are incredibly difficult to obtain in the market, [and are] a great choice for collectors as the desirability for these special editions skyrocket once released,” says Tsang. Examples include the “playful” Quelle Idole, aka the Kelly Doll, which has been discontinued, and is even unavailable for custom-made orders. Emblazoned with a grinning face and dangling arms affixed to the side of the bag, this is certainly an attention-grabbing investment. Hermès handbags: When one Birkin and one Kelly isn’t enough A custom matte bleu paon alligator and rose pourpre swift leather Quelle Idole, with gold hardware, will be going on the block at a Christie’s with a presale estimate of HK$350,000-HK$400,000 (US$45,000-US$52,000) – exceeding the estimate for a 30cm So Black Birkin, which is still a hefty HK$300,000-HK$350,000. Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .