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Handbags & Purses

For as long as there has been a need to carry things, there have been bags to facilitate carrying. But bags have moved beyond pure utility and into highly sought-after fashion. Designer brand bags in particular have upped the ante with finely crafted handbags and purses.

Whether at retail or auction, shoppers will find a dizzying array of available purses and handbags. Popular designer carryalls found at auction provide quality and style at reasonable prices, including Coach bags, Tory Burch bags, and Kate Spade bags. Then there are higher-end options such as Marc Jacobs handbags, created by the namesake designer who honed his skills at Louis Vuitton. For those in the market for something other than the usual suspects, new and up-and-coming designers may fit the bill.

In their countless incarnations, designer bags continue to have lofty status as accessories at the epicenter of the luxury fashion world. Rare, limited edition, and vintage handbags are often competitively bid on when they come up for auction.


Quick Facts

  • The most expensive designer handbag ever sold at auction was a fuchsia-colored crocodile skin Hermès Birkin bag with diamond-studded gold hardware. It sold at Christie’s in Hong Kong in June 2015 for a record $221,846
  • In October 2015, an Italian-made Marc Jacobs Victoria style blue calfskin leather hobo shoulder bag with multi-tiered fringe sold on eBay for $1,125
  • At a 2012 Heritage auction, a rare Louis Vuitton Art Deco-style top-handle bag in navy blue Lucite sold for $325

Recommended Items at Auction

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French Company Louis Vuitton SPEEDY 30 Handbag
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
French Company Louis Vuitton SPEEDY 30 Handbag
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $75- $150
$1757 Bids
Leather Mounted Carrying Bag with Turned Wood Handle Umbrella and Canes
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Leather Mounted Carrying Bag with Turned Wood Handle Umbrella and Canes
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$807 Bids
Native American Parfleche Box and Bag
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Native American Parfleche Box and Bag
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$2256 Bids
Navajo Beaded Purse or Bag
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Navajo Beaded Purse or Bag
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$705 Bids
Antique Sensational Bakelite Frame Beaded Purse with Bird Design. 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Jan 15, 1:00 PM EST
Antique Sensational Bakelite Frame Beaded Purse with Bird Design. 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$254 Bids
Sass & Bide: Lip Service Black Soft Leather Backpack Style Bag, Goldtone Hardware
Oct 28, 6:00 PM AEDT
Sass & Bide: Lip Service Black Soft Leather Backpack Style Bag, Goldtone Hardware
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD604 Bids
Hermes Parchemin Taurilon Clemence Leather Kelly 35
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Hermes Parchemin Taurilon Clemence Leather Kelly 35
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2,7003 Bids
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BAG OF RED CORAL NECKLACE PIECES
Oct 28, 9:30 AM AEST
BAG OF RED CORAL NECKLACE PIECES
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD153 Bids
3 corn seed Bags
Oct 26, 2:00 PM EDT
3 corn seed Bags
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$63 Bids
Jo Malone Men's 3oz Colognes, Samplers, Gift Bags
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Jo Malone Men's 3oz Colognes, Samplers, Gift Bags
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Iroquois Indian beaded bag
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Iroquois Indian beaded bag
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $60- $80
$703 Bids
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BAG OF COSTUME JEWELLERY
Oct 28, 9:30 AM AEST
BAG OF COSTUME JEWELLERY
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD102 Bids
Tommy Bahama ' Island Swagger' Duffel Bag
Oct 30, 10:00 AM MST
Tommy Bahama ' Island Swagger' Duffel Bag
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
French Silver Metal & Cut Steel Evening Purse
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
French Silver Metal & Cut Steel Evening Purse
by Nye & Company
Est: $200- $400
$1502 Bids
Iroquois Beaded Panels
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Iroquois Beaded Panels
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$502 Bids
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BAG LOT OF STERLING
Oct 28, 9:30 AM AEST
BAG LOT OF STERLING
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD102 Bids
Goyard Black Goyardine Canvas Sac Marie Galante MM
Oct 30, 10:00 AM PDT
Goyard Black Goyardine Canvas Sac Marie Galante MM
by GWS Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$2252 Bids
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TWO PIECE SILK FAN COVER & PURSE WITH GOLD THREAD
Oct 31, 6:00 AM PDT
TWO PIECE SILK FAN COVER & PURSE WITH GOLD THREAD
by East West Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
Cartier TRINITY Handbag
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Cartier TRINITY Handbag
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1501 Bid
Northern Plains Beaded Buffalo Hide Toy Possible Bags, Matched Pair
Nov 03, 10:00 AM MDT
Northern Plains Beaded Buffalo Hide Toy Possible Bags, Matched Pair
by Hindman
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$7501 Bid
Walter Steiger Leopard Print Pony Hair Handbag
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Walter Steiger Leopard Print Pony Hair Handbag
by Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Dofan Crocodile Vintage Handbag
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Dofan Crocodile Vintage Handbag
by Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$751 Bid
Apache Indian beaded hide pouch
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Apache Indian beaded hide pouch
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $160- $220
$801 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Handbags & Purses


Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH

Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

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