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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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Mary Frances Arts and Crafts Evening Purse
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Mary Frances Arts and Crafts Evening Purse
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $50
$5010 Bids
MARY FRANCES Beaded Floral Appliqué Evening Bag
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
MARY FRANCES Beaded Floral Appliqué Evening Bag
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$4010 Bids
Yves Saint Laurent Black Suede Evening Clutch, New
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Yves Saint Laurent Black Suede Evening Clutch, New
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $90
$1259 Bids
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Cartier
Dec 06, 2:00 PM AEDT
Cartier
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD4609 Bids
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Bugatti
Dec 06, 2:00 PM AEDT
Bugatti
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD4208 Bids
RIONI Red Crocodile Leather Handbag
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
RIONI Red Crocodile Leather Handbag
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$407 Bids
HERMÉS Style Aqua Blue Pebble Leather Clutch, IT
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
HERMÉS Style Aqua Blue Pebble Leather Clutch, IT
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $100- $300
$707 Bids
CARTIER Burgundy colored briefcase.
Dec 06, 2:45 PM CET
CARTIER Burgundy colored briefcase.
by Capitolium Art
Est: €350- €450
€1207 Bids
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Cartier
Dec 06, 2:00 PM AEDT
Cartier
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3607 Bids
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Saint Laurent
Dec 06, 2:00 PM AEDT
Saint Laurent
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD6507 Bids
BOTTEGA VENETA Red Woven Leather Shoulder Bag
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
BOTTEGA VENETA Red Woven Leather Shoulder Bag
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $100
$406 Bids
Coach Brown Leather Bleeker Tattersall Style Shoulder bag
Dec 06, 10:00 AM EST
Coach Brown Leather Bleeker Tattersall Style Shoulder bag
by Weschler's
Est: $20- $40
$406 Bids
FOUR LEATHER SATCHELS
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
FOUR LEATHER SATCHELS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $250
$1506 Bids
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Goyard
Dec 06, 2:00 PM AEDT
Goyard
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD4205 Bids
Tiffany & Co. sterling & petit point handbag
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Tiffany & Co. sterling & petit point handbag
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $300- $500
$2755 Bids
Cartier Parfums Burgundy Leather Cased Backgammon Set
Dec 06, 2:00 PM GMT
Cartier Parfums Burgundy Leather Cased Backgammon Set
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £100- £200
£1105 Bids
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Tiffany & Co.
Dec 06, 2:00 PM AEDT
Tiffany & Co.
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD2604 Bids
Hermes black box leather 24 Constance handbag
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Hermes black box leather 24 Constance handbag
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,1004 Bids
Vintage-Handtasche "Kelly Bag 32" von HERMÈS
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CET
Vintage-Handtasche "Kelly Bag 32" von HERMÈS
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €900- €1,800
€1,0004 Bids
THREE VINTAGE WHITING & DAVIS PURSES
Dec 02, 12:00 PM EST
THREE VINTAGE WHITING & DAVIS PURSES
by Converse Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$504 Bids
JUDITH LEIBER JEWELED RHINESTONE EVENING CLUTCH BAG
Dec 02, 12:00 PM EST
JUDITH LEIBER JEWELED RHINESTONE EVENING CLUTCH BAG
by Converse Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1004 Bids
Bottega Veneta Black Crocodile Leather Bi-Fold Wallet
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Bottega Veneta Black Crocodile Leather Bi-Fold Wallet
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$753 Bids
Hermes Blue Epsom Market Bucket Bag
Dec 06, 2:00 PM GMT
Hermes Blue Epsom Market Bucket Bag
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£2003 Bids
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Saint Laurent
Dec 06, 2:00 PM AEDT
Saint Laurent
by Shapiro Auctioneers
Est: AUD800- AUD1,000
AUD8503 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Handbags & Purses - Designer Brands


Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions

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Austin Auction Gallery

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Chiswick Auctions

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Dennis Auction Service