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Handbags & Purses - Designer Brands

Perhaps the most enduring of practical everyday companions, bags have been used by both women and men throughout the ages to carry their belongings. Today, handbags and purses are much more than highly-functional accessories; they are steadfast statement makers of the fashion set.

Take a stroll down luxurious boutique-lined Avenue Montaigne in Paris or New York's swanky Madison Avenue, and you'll see that bags dominate the window displays of high-end stores. No other accessory can match the success and power of fashionable bags, which can resemble everything from structured train cases to slouchy bindle-style sacks.

At auction houses around the world, handbags and purses are increasingly figuring prominently in catalogs. They favor bags ranging from ultra-rare, just-large-enough under-arm evening clutches to nearly-impossible-to-find oversized holdalls.

The purse auction market has produced record sales in recent years. In some cases, limited-edition pre-owned bags can go for as much as 200 percent of their original retail value at auction.


Quick Facts

  • A small 19th century woolen bag handmade by British monarch Queen Victoria sold for $1,249 in 2009 at Bonhams in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • At a Heritage auction in 2011, a one-of-a-kind Hermès Kelly bag in porosus crocodile and fine black leather went for $125,000
  • Luxury handbag prices have risen steadily. The industry has realized an annual growth rate of more than 50 percent in recent years, helping to spark increased interest in vintage bag auctions

Recommended Items at Auction

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PRISTINE GOYARD SAINT LOUIS PM W/POUCH
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
PRISTINE GOYARD SAINT LOUIS PM W/POUCH
by Gallery 63
Est: $8,000- $12,000
$90015 Bids
Red Leather Coach Purse
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Red Leather Coach Purse
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2612 Bids
HERMES Black Leather Birkin Bag France
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
HERMES Black Leather Birkin Bag France
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $3,000- $8,000
$1,20012 Bids
Vtg Judith Leiber Coral Lizard Leather Handbag
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vtg Judith Leiber Coral Lizard Leather Handbag
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$408 Bids
Dana Buchman Leather Handbag
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Dana Buchman Leather Handbag
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$208 Bids
Hermes Ostrich 23cm Constance Bag
Mar 10, 9:00 AM PST
Hermes Ostrich 23cm Constance Bag
by Abell Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$2,2507 Bids
JUDITH LEIBER Brushed Gold Evening Bag, 2 Italy
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
JUDITH LEIBER Brushed Gold Evening Bag, 2 Italy
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $350
$256 Bids
ARTBAG Purple Ostrich Clutch Bag w Wristlet, NY
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ARTBAG Purple Ostrich Clutch Bag w Wristlet, NY
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $70- $160
$606 Bids
Hermes Brown Shiny Crocodile Porous 23cm Constance Bag
Mar 10, 9:00 AM PST
Hermes Brown Shiny Crocodile Porous 23cm Constance Bag
by Abell Auction
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,5006 Bids
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MUST DE CARTIER C BORDEAUX CALFSKIN BAG, 13.5 IN.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
MUST DE CARTIER C BORDEAUX CALFSKIN BAG, 13.5 IN.
by Gallery 63
Est: $800- $1,200
$2256 Bids
Coach # M2K–6332 Monogram Handbag
Mar 05, 12:00 PM EST
Coach # M2K–6332 Monogram Handbag
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$215 Bids
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CARTIER MARCELLO GOATSKIN HANDBAG, 15IN.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
CARTIER MARCELLO GOATSKIN HANDBAG, 15IN.
by Gallery 63
Est: $800- $1,200
$2505 Bids
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BOTTEGA VENETA 2-WAY INTRECCIATO LEATHER BAG
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
BOTTEGA VENETA 2-WAY INTRECCIATO LEATHER BAG
by Gallery 63
Est: $800- $1,200
$2005 Bids
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MIU MIU 2 WAY LEATHER HANDBAG W/COA,11.25 IN.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
MIU MIU 2 WAY LEATHER HANDBAG W/COA,11.25 IN.
by Gallery 63
Est: $800- $1,200
$2005 Bids
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BOTTEGA VINTAGE INTRECCIATO EMBROIDERED BAG
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
BOTTEGA VINTAGE INTRECCIATO EMBROIDERED BAG
by Gallery 63
Est: $800- $1,200
$2005 Bids
Hermes Dogon Tan Leather Clutch Wallet
Mar 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Hermes Dogon Tan Leather Clutch Wallet
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1754 Bids
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MATCHING HERMES FOURRE TOUT PM & GM
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
MATCHING HERMES FOURRE TOUT PM & GM
by Gallery 63
Est: $600- $1,000
$1754 Bids
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LOT OF 2 HERMES/CHANEL TOTE HANDBAGS
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2 HERMES/CHANEL TOTE HANDBAGS
by Gallery 63
Est: $400- $600
$2004 Bids
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Ezra Teller Acrylic Rocket Ship Chain Purse
Mar 10, 1:00 PM PST
Ezra Teller Acrylic Rocket Ship Chain Purse
by Pasadena Antique Warehouse
Est: $50- $100
$203 Bids
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BALENCIAGA CALFSKIN PICKSTITCH TOP HANDLE BUCKET BAG Height 11". Width 12".
Mar 14, 9:30 AM EDT
BALENCIAGA CALFSKIN PICKSTITCH TOP HANDLE BUCKET BAG Height 11". Width 12".
by Eldred's
Est: $250- $350
$1753 Bids
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TIFFANY & CO. LEATHER TOTE BAG W/POUCH & BAG,20IN.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
TIFFANY & CO. LEATHER TOTE BAG W/POUCH & BAG,20IN.
by Gallery 63
Est: $400- $600
$1753 Bids
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LOEWE BRAIDED LEATHER TOTE BAG 16.25 IN.
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
LOEWE BRAIDED LEATHER TOTE BAG 16.25 IN.
by Gallery 63
Est: $400- $600
$1503 Bids
AUDEMARS PIGUET Lot of three beige suede travelling pouches
Mar 07, 7:00 PM CET
AUDEMARS PIGUET Lot of three beige suede travelling pouches
by ICONEEK
Est: CHF30- CHF70
CHF503 Bids
Vintage Timmy Woods Handmade Angel Fish Handbag
Mar 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Timmy Woods Handmade Angel Fish Handbag
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $250
$33 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Handbags & Purses - Designer Brands


Gallery 63

Gallery 63

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Chiswick Auctions

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Lion and Unicorn

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