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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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HERMÈS BLACK CALF BOX LEATHER LYDIE BAG 6 1/2 x 10 x 2 in. (16.5 x 25.4 x 5.1 cm.)
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
HERMÈS BLACK CALF BOX LEATHER LYDIE BAG 6 1/2 x 10 x 2 in. (16.5 x 25.4 x 5.1 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$1,60013 Bids
Judith Leiber Crystal-Embellished Mask-Shaped Clutch
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Judith Leiber Crystal-Embellished Mask-Shaped Clutch
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$2257 Bids
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LOEWE ELEPHANT FRINGE SHOULDER BAG
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
LOEWE ELEPHANT FRINGE SHOULDER BAG
by Gallery 63
Est: $1,600- $2,400
$1754 Bids
Vintage Judith Leiber Black Satin Evening Handbag
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Judith Leiber Black Satin Evening Handbag
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$1254 Bids
HERMÈS BURGUNDY LEATHER CLUTCH 6 x 9 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (15.2 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm.)
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
HERMÈS BURGUNDY LEATHER CLUTCH 6 x 9 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (15.2 x 24.1 x 3.2 cm.)
by Potomack Company
Est: $800- $1,200
$5004 Bids
Judith Leiber Faux Diamond Crystal-Embellished Clutch
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Judith Leiber Faux Diamond Crystal-Embellished Clutch
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$1254 Bids
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LOT OF 17 DESIGNER BAGS
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 17 DESIGNER BAGS
by Gallery 63
Est: $800- $1,200
$1754 Bids
Judith Leiber Black Crystal-Embellished Heart-Shaped Clutch
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Judith Leiber Black Crystal-Embellished Heart-Shaped Clutch
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$1504 Bids
HERMÈS: Handtasche, 2001.
May 01, 9:00 AM CEST
HERMÈS: Handtasche, 2001.
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF1,200- CHF2,400
CHF1,9004 Bids
Judith Leiber Designer Hello Kitty Clutch Handbag
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Judith Leiber Designer Hello Kitty Clutch Handbag
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$3003 Bids
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Cartier Black Leather Handbag
Apr 30, 2:00 PM EDT
Cartier Black Leather Handbag
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $200- $800
$603 Bids
Kirstie Alley Estate Valentino Garavini Italian Purple Suede Purse COA
May 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Kirstie Alley Estate Valentino Garavini Italian Purple Suede Purse COA
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $300- $500
$503 Bids
Bottega Veneta Brown Leather Intrecciato Tote Bag
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Bottega Veneta Brown Leather Intrecciato Tote Bag
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1003 Bids
Judith Leiber Faux Diamond Crystal-Embellished Clutch
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Judith Leiber Faux Diamond Crystal-Embellished Clutch
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$753 Bids
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Alexander McQueen Knuckle-duster Clutch
May 05, 10:00 AM CDT
Alexander McQueen Knuckle-duster Clutch
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $100- $25,000
$1253 Bids
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Charles Jourdan Green Crocodile Shoulder Bag
Apr 30, 2:00 PM EDT
Charles Jourdan Green Crocodile Shoulder Bag
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$202 Bids
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YVES SAINT LAURENT PINK LEOPARD MINI BAG
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
YVES SAINT LAURENT PINK LEOPARD MINI BAG
by Gallery 63
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1252 Bids
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CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN MULTICOLOR SHOULDER BAG
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN MULTICOLOR SHOULDER BAG
by Gallery 63
Est: $1,600- $2,400
$1252 Bids
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Alexander McQueen Britainnia Box Clutch
May 05, 10:00 AM CDT
Alexander McQueen Britainnia Box Clutch
by J. Garrett Auctioneers
Est: $100- $25,000
$1252 Bids
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Mary Frances Silk Beaded Handbag, Red
Apr 30, 2:00 PM EDT
Mary Frances Silk Beaded Handbag, Red
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$152 Bids
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2pc Brighton Petite Pops Wallet + Mirror
Apr 30, 2:00 PM EDT
2pc Brighton Petite Pops Wallet + Mirror
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$152 Bids
Judith Leiber Designer Pink Embellished Clutch Bag
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Judith Leiber Designer Pink Embellished Clutch Bag
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$752 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Handbags & Purses - Designer Brands


Kinghams Auctioneers

Kinghams Auctioneers

Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Activity Auctions

Activity Auctions

Gallery 63

Gallery 63