Prada Handbags & Purses

An influential Italian fashion house, the name Prada is etched in annals of fashion history. In addition to the designer's lauded clothing and footwear, Prada is perhaps best known for its distinctive handbags and purses.

Like the French brand Louis Vuitton, Prada got its start as a manufacturer of fine travel trunks preferred by the traveling elite. Although its first handbags were constructed of leather, in 1985, Prada left its imprint on the world of designer handbags with the minimalist basic black nylon Pocono bag designed by Miuccia Prada, the granddaughter of the label's founders.

Prada made black nylon chic in the 1990s with wildly popular and utilitarian bags bearing its triangle-shaped metal logo. Today, the designer has a full portfolio of bags: Prada crossbody bags, Prada messenger bags, Prada beach bags, and Prada hobo bags, to name a few.

From simple pouches to over sized Prada tote bags, the brand's stylish carriers often sell out at retail and perform consistently well at auction. A simple vintage Prada purse may go for a few hundred dollars or more when the hammer comes down, while a limited-edition Prada crocodile handbag often sells for $45,000.


Quick Facts

  • In a 2008 auction at Christie's in London, a Vitello Drive Prada handbag from the '90s crafted in a black leather bowling bag style sold for the equivalent of about $1,000
  • In a January 2015 Heritage auction, a Prada locking handbag made of tan canvas and trimmed in yellow ostrich skin sold for $895
  • In a 2014 Stroud auction benefiting victims of domestic violence, a Prada pink and orange straw basket bag owned by Kate Moss sold in England for $100

Recommended Items at Auction

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Two Prada Bags
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Two Prada Bags
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Prada Calzature Donna Flats in Paprika and Peonia
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Prada Calzature Donna Flats in Paprika and Peonia
by Dana J. Tharp Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$500 Bids
Prada, Brown Saffiano/Smooth L
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Prada, Brown Saffiano/Smooth L
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€8000 Bids
Prada, reading glasses, dark p
Nov 06, 10:00 AM CET
Prada, reading glasses, dark p
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€500 Bids
A Prada blue and black leather flap bag
Oct 27, 10:00 AM BST
A Prada blue and black leather flap bag
by Sworders
Est: £100- £150
£800 Bids
Prada, Milan: Black Patent Leather Peeptoe Timber Wedge Sandals,
Oct 28, 6:00 PM AEDT
Prada, Milan: Black Patent Leather Peeptoe Timber Wedge Sandals,
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD400 Bids
VTG PRADA DARK BROWN LEATHER SQUARE CHAIN TOTEBAG
Oct 25, 4:00 PM EDT
VTG PRADA DARK BROWN LEATHER SQUARE CHAIN TOTEBAG
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $600- $725
$700 Bids
Prada Handbag
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Prada Handbag
by Gulfcoast Coin and Jewelry
Est: $1,000- $1,100
$7500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Prada Handbags & Purses


Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

John Moran Auctioneers

John Moran Auctioneers

Brunk Auctions

Brunk Auctions

Sworders

Sworders