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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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A Goyard Goyardine Artois MM with Tags
Nov 04, 12:00 PM EDT
A Goyard Goyardine Artois MM with Tags
by Alex Cooper
Est: $1,700- $2,500
$1,5008 Bids
Hermes 2021 Etoupe Togo Leather Birkin 25 GHW
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Hermes 2021 Etoupe Togo Leather Birkin 25 GHW
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$4,2506 Bids
Oscar De La Renta Rope And Lucite Handbag
Nov 11, 10:00 AM EST
Oscar De La Renta Rope And Lucite Handbag
by Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$2006 Bids
Hermes Blue Toile Canvas & Tan Leather Herbag Tote
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Hermes Blue Toile Canvas & Tan Leather Herbag Tote
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$6506 Bids
Black Leather Coach Purse
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Black Leather Coach Purse
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$555 Bids
(2pc) Dooney & Bourke Handbag & Coin Purse
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Dooney & Bourke Handbag & Coin Purse
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$555 Bids
(4pc) Men’s Trump, Dua, Hermes & Creed Cologne
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(4pc) Men’s Trump, Dua, Hermes & Creed Cologne
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$354 Bids
Mans Blue Leather Coach Wallet & Card Holder
Oct 29, 12:00 PM PDT
Mans Blue Leather Coach Wallet & Card Holder
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $100- $150
$204 Bids
A bag of assorted kitchenware incl. digital thermometer, onion chopper etc.
Oct 30, 10:00 AM AEDT
A bag of assorted kitchenware incl. digital thermometer, onion chopper etc.
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD203 Bids
(3pc) Coach Handbags
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
(3pc) Coach Handbags
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Assorted Vera Bradley Shoulder Bags
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Vera Bradley Shoulder Bags
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
A bag of assorted laundry products incl. laundry soakers, fabric conditioners etc.
Oct 30, 10:00 AM AEDT
A bag of assorted laundry products incl. laundry soakers, fabric conditioners etc.
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD253 Bids
Hermes 9mm Chalcedony and Chrysoprase 18K Ring
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Hermes 9mm Chalcedony and Chrysoprase 18K Ring
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2753 Bids
Plateau Pictorial Flat Bag, with Contour Beadwork
Nov 03, 10:00 AM MDT
Plateau Pictorial Flat Bag, with Contour Beadwork
by Hindman
Est: $600- $800
$3002 Bids
An Alessi Frederick Gooris 2010 Handbag Hook with Cat Detail
Oct 31, 11:00 AM AEDT
An Alessi Frederick Gooris 2010 Handbag Hook with Cat Detail
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD252 Bids
Kieselstein-Cord Brown Alligator Horseshoe Bag
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Kieselstein-Cord Brown Alligator Horseshoe Bag
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2752 Bids
Royal Albert Primulette cups, saucers and plates for 5 plus extras (17)
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Royal Albert Primulette cups, saucers and plates for 5 plus extras (17)
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD120- AUD180
AUD202 Bids
Vintage Judith Leiber Crystal Embellished Clutch
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Judith Leiber Crystal Embellished Clutch
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$1252 Bids
Assorted Vera Bradley Shoulder Bags
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Assorted Vera Bradley Shoulder Bags
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
A bag of assorted wigs & extensions
Nov 06, 10:00 AM AEDT
A bag of assorted wigs & extensions
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD202 Bids
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VINTAGE JACOMO PARIS EVENING BAG Height 7”.
Nov 02, 11:00 AM EDT
VINTAGE JACOMO PARIS EVENING BAG Height 7”.
by Eldred's
Est: $100- $200
$902 Bids
Alexis van Hamme (Belgium,1818-1875) oil painting antique
Nov 14, 11:45 AM EST
Alexis van Hamme (Belgium,1818-1875) oil painting antique
by Broward Auction Gallery
Est: $5,250- $6,500
$3,2001 Bid
SPIRIT TRUMPET. CIRCA 1920. COLLAPSIBLE TRUMPET USED TO AMP...
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CDT
SPIRIT TRUMPET. CIRCA 1920. COLLAPSIBLE TRUMPET USED TO AMP...
by Potter & Potter Auctions Inc.
Est: $300- $600
$1501 Bid
Steve Ferguson (US,born 1946) oil painting
Nov 14, 11:45 AM EST
Steve Ferguson (US,born 1946) oil painting
by Broward Auction Gallery
Est: $525- $675
$3001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Handbags & Purses - Designer Brands


Willow Auction House

Willow Auction House

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

GWS Auctions

GWS Auctions

Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel