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Chanel Handbags & Purses

Aside from producing classic tweed jackets, ever-popular signature ballet flats, and Chanel No.5 perfume, Chanel is perhaps best known for crafting one of the world's most recognizable and desirable accessories: the quilted bag.

While the signature Chanel quilted bag is the brand's most popular handbag, Chanel bags come in a profusion of styles. They range from small understated velvet clutch purses to large patent-leather totes, each with its own unique mix of femininity, function, and form.

Signifiers of quiet luxury, Chanel handbag prices have soared in recent years. In fact, the cost of a quilted Chanel bag has increased an average of 70 percent over the past five-year period. But it's not only newer releases that command premium prices. Vintage Chanel handbags tend to hold their value remarkably well, with flap bags in particular a perennial favorite at auction.


Quick Facts

  • In December 2007, Chanel released a limited-edition Diamond Forever alligator skin purse featuring a 3.5-carat diamond-studded white gold double “C” clasp with a retail price of $261,000
  • In May 2015, Academy Award-nominated actor Leonardo DiCaprio outbid socialite Paris Hilton on a blue neoprene Chanel flap bag with an embroidered flower design for $13,600 at the Heart Fund Gala charity auction in Cannes
  • A navy blue early 1990s Chanel classic flap purse in quilted lambskin leather with its original dust bag was sold by Auctionata in Europe for the equivalent of about $3,070

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King Seeley 1975 Pele Lunchbox with Thermos
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Est: €0- €0
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Chanel, Limited Edition Aged C
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Chanel, Limited Edition Aged C
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Est: €0- €0
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Chanel COCO Factice/Display Bottle
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Chanel COCO Factice/Display Bottle
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Est: $200- $300
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Chanel NO. 5 Factice/Display Bottle
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Chanel NO. 5 Factice/Display Bottle
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Est: $200- $300
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Nov 07, 6:00 PM EDT
1967 Dr. Doolittle Thermos with Damaged Lunchbox
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
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Vintage Chanel Flap Classic Ju
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Vintage Chanel Flap Classic Ju
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
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Chanel, vintage double flap ba
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Chanel, vintage double flap ba
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
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Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Chanel Navy Blue Quilted Matte Snakeskin Tote
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Est: $0- $0
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A DOUBLE FLAP SHOULDER BAG BY CHANEL
Nov 09, 6:00 PM AEDT
A DOUBLE FLAP SHOULDER BAG BY CHANEL
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Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
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Est: €0- €0
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Est: €0- €0
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Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Chanel, Vintage Quilted White
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Est: €0- €0
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Chanel, Black Quilted Satin Ch
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Chanel, Black Quilted Satin Ch
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Est: €0- €0
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Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Chanel, small wallet, black sa
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Est: €0- €0
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Est: €0- €0
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Chanel, Black Quilted 19 Flap
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
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Sellers Who Sell Chanel Handbags & Purses


Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel

Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC

Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC

GWS Auctions

GWS Auctions