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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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Rhinestone Baseball Purse
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Rhinestone Baseball Purse
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$2717 Bids
3 pair Leather Gloves and Wallet
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
3 pair Leather Gloves and Wallet
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$187 Bids
Antique German Silver Mesh Purse
Nov 29, 5:00 PM EST
Antique German Silver Mesh Purse
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$245 Bids
Three Mary Frances Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Three Mary Frances Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$1505 Bids
GP MESH PURSE
Nov 29, 11:00 AM EST
GP MESH PURSE
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $20- $200
$354 Bids
Custom Made By Calem Floral Beaded Bag
Dec 01, 10:00 AM EST
Custom Made By Calem Floral Beaded Bag
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$74 Bids
VINTAGE VICTORIAN PURSES & GLOVES
Dec 02, 12:00 PM EST
VINTAGE VICTORIAN PURSES & GLOVES
by Converse Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$504 Bids
Vintage Sterling Silver Art Noveau Chainmail Bag
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Sterling Silver Art Noveau Chainmail Bag
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$704 Bids
Antique Chain Mail Victorian Purse
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Chain Mail Victorian Purse
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $120
$154 Bids
Three Mary Frances Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Three Mary Frances Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$1504 Bids
Three Mary Frances Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Three Mary Frances Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$1504 Bids
Saks 5th Ave brown alligator handbag
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Saks 5th Ave brown alligator handbag
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $150- $250
$903 Bids
ART DECO MANDALIAN MESH PURSE
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
ART DECO MANDALIAN MESH PURSE
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $300- $400
$123 Bids
Three Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Three Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$903 Bids
Three Mary Frances Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Three Mary Frances Hand Beaded and Embellished Handbags
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$1253 Bids
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An Edwardian gold mesh purse
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
An Edwardian gold mesh purse
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,5002 Bids
A group of activates/trinkets & purses
Dec 03, 10:00 AM AEDT
A group of activates/trinkets & purses
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD202 Bids
VINTAGE STERLING WHITING & DAVIS MESH EVENING BAG PURSE
Dec 02, 12:00 PM EST
VINTAGE STERLING WHITING & DAVIS MESH EVENING BAG PURSE
by Converse Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$302 Bids
Lot of 2 Vintage Whiting and Davis Sterling Silver Mesh Purses
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Lot of 2 Vintage Whiting and Davis Sterling Silver Mesh Purses
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $75- $150
$152 Bids
Canvas Possible Bag
Dec 10, 9:30 AM EST
Canvas Possible Bag
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
Mary Frances Embellished Purses, 2
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Mary Frances Embellished Purses, 2
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$1752 Bids
Metal Tub/scarves/hankies/leather purse
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
Metal Tub/scarves/hankies/leather purse
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
WALLET LOT LOT 1205
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
WALLET LOT LOT 1205
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$82 Bids
LOT VINTAGE EVENING CLUTCHES BAGS BELTS
Nov 29, 2:00 PM EST
LOT VINTAGE EVENING CLUTCHES BAGS BELTS
by Austin York LLC
Est: $30- $60
$201 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Handbags & Purses


Dennis Auction Service

Dennis Auction Service

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