10 Most Expensive Birkin Bags Ever Made

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Hermès is a French luxury brand that is mostly known for its scarves and bags. While Hermès has several popular bag designs, one of its most coveted is the Birkin. The Birkin bag was first released in the late 1980s and named for English actress and singer Jane Birkin. Since then, Birkin bags have become status symbols as they are fabulously expensive and inaccessible to regular people. Birkins are even hard to come by for the rich and famous as there is a long waiting list just to buy a Birkin directly from Hermès.

However, Birkins can be found on the secondary resale market. Although they are second-hand, these Birkins do not come cheap and typically cost hundreds of thousands of dollars at auctions. Yes, Birkins (especially those that are special editions) are in such high demand that they need to be auctioned. Ever single Birkin bag on this list is exceptionally expensive and rare.

  1. Metallic Birkin
  2. Price: $135,000
    Year Released: 2005
    Materials Used: Chèvre Goat Leather
    Metallic Birkin
    photo source: purseblog.com

    In 2005, Hermès released a very limited collection of Metallic Birkin bags. The Metallic Birkin came in silver or bronze and was inspired by the famous window displays designed by Leïla Menchari for the Hermès flagship store in Paris. Unlike most of the other Birkins on this list, which are made from exotic leathers, the Metallic Birkins were made from regular Chèvre Goat Leather. However, they were dyed with metallic pigments, which is a unique finish for a Birkin bag.

    Did you know?

    Designers had to use so much metallic pigment on the Metallic Birkin bags that it gave them a different texture from the usual chèvre material.

  3. Ombré Birkin
  4. Price: $137,500
    Year Released: 2012
    Materials Used: Lizard Skin and Palladium
    Ombré Birkin
    photo source: Sotheby’s

    In general, lizard skin bags are incredibly rare because lizards are very small creatures and not much skin can be harvested. So, of course, this Ombré Birkin made of lizard skin is very expensive and now impossible to find. A couple of these lizard Ombré Birkin bags have come up for sale over the years and the most someone ever paid for one was $137,500. The interior of this Ombré Birkin is lined with Parchemin chevre and has one zipper pocket with an Hermès engraved zipper pull.

    Did you know?

    The hardware on the lizard Ombré Birkin bag was made out of Palladium, a rare silvery-white metal that looks similar to platinum.

  6. Price: £115,000
    Year Released: Unspecified, sold in 2011
    Materials Used: Porosus Crocodile Skin, White Gold, and White Diamonds
    photo source: Christie’s

    2011 was an exciting year for Christie’s auction house as several Birkin bags were sold for six figures. This Bleu Marine Diamond Birkin was sold that year at auction for £115,000. The bag was made from porosus crocodile leather that was dyed such a deep blue that it almost looked black. As with all Diamond Birkins, the hardware on the Bleu Marine Diamond Birkin was made of 18K white gold and white diamonds.

  7. Fuchsia Birkin
  8. Price: $222,000
    Year Released: Unspecified, sold in 2011
    Materials Used: Crocodile Skin, White Gold, and White Diamonds
    Fuchsia Birkin
    photo source: Robb Report

    Like a few of the other Birkin bags on this list, at one point, this Fuchsia Birkin held the record for being the most expensive handbag in the world. It was sold by Christie’s at auction in Hong Kong in 2011 for $222,000. The Fuchsia Birkin was made from authentic crocodile leather dyed a bright shade of fuchsia pink. The purse also featured 18K white gold hardware encrusted with sparkling white diamonds.

  9. Sac Birkin Faubourg
  10. Price: $240,000
    Year Released: 2019
    Materials Used: Alligator Skin
    Sac Birkin Faubourg
    photo source: janefinds.com

    In 2019, Hermès released the Sac Birkin Faubourg, a unique-looking Birkin that paid homage to the Hermès storefront on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris. The Sac Birkin Faubourg features three windows with orange awnings, a shopping bag clochette, a matte alligator skin top flap, and alligator skin handles. It came in two colorways, a navy blue and a dark brown. Also, the Sac Birkin Faubourg is one of the smaller Birkin bags out there at 20 cm.

    Did You Know?

    After Charles-Émile Hermès took over the company, he relocated the brand’s flagship store to the iconic Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 1880, where it has remained ever since. The Sac Birkin Faubourg looks identical to the flagship store’s facade.

  11. Diamond Crocodile Birkins
  12. Price: $190,000 to $260,000
    Year Released: Various
    Materials Used: Crocodile Skin, White Gold, and White Diamonds
    Diamond Crocodile Birkins
    photo source: Vogue France

    Diamond Crocodile Birkin bags are highly sought after status symbols that come with a hefty price tag. According to Sotheby’s, Diamond Crocodile Birkins range in price from $190,000 to $260,000. These bags are always made from crocodile skin and come in a wide array of colors. As its name suggests, the hardware of the Diamond Crocodile Birkin is made of 18K white gold and white diamonds. Typically, Diamond Crocodile Birkin bags are released in very low numbers, making them difficult to find on the secondary market.

    Did You Know?

    Diamond Crocodile Birkin bags are usually made from the skins of saltwater crocodiles from Australia and Southeast Asia.

  13. Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Birkin
  14. Price: $298,000
    Year Released: 2011
    Materials Used: Porosus Crocodile Skin, White Gold, and White Diamonds
    Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Birkin
    photo source: Heritage Auctions

    Back in 2011, this Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile Birkin made history by becoming the most expensive handbag ever sold for $203,150. Of course, many of the Birkins on this list, as well as purses from other luxury brands, have since smashed this record. In fact, this Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H porosus Crocodile Birkin was resold a few years ago for nearly $300,000.

    Did You Know?

    The Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile Birkin bad was made from red-dyed crocodile skin and had 18K white gold hardware that was covered in white diamonds.

  15. Diamond Himalaya Birkin
  16. Price: $400,000
    Year Released: 2013
    Materials Used: Niloctus Crocodile, White Gold, and White Diamonds
    Diamond Himalaya Birkin
    photo source: Christie’s

    The regular Himalaya Birkin, which is made from high quality crocodile skin, is already one of the most coveted styles of Birkin bags. Throw in some white gold and diamond hardware and the Himalaya Birkin becomes even more desirable. At a Christie’s Auction in 2017, a rare Diamond Himalaya Birkin sold for around $400,000. Many bag experts feel that a Diamond Himalaya Birkin could easily sell for more than half a million dollars today.

    Did You Know?

    The Diamond Himalaya Birkin is crafted from Nile crocodile hide that is hand-dyed in a meticulous and time consuming process.

  17. Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka
  18. Price: $1.4 Million or $1.9 Million (sources differ)
    Year Released: 2008
    Materials Used: Platinum and White Diamonds
    Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka
    photo source: L’Officiel Thailand

    The Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka is a pretty mysterious bags, but it consistently comes up as the second most expensive Hermès bag – of any design – ever. There are no official sources detailing the bag’s details and sources vary on the price. The Ginza Tanaka Birkin was either sold for $1.4 or $1.9 million. Only one of these unique bags was ever made and it was released back in 2008.

    The bag is made out of platinum and adorned with over 2,000 white diamonds. There is a large 8-carat diamond on the front of the Ginza Tanaka Birkin that can be removed and worn as a brooch.

    Did You Know?

    The diamond strap of the Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka can be removed and worn as a necklace and the purse can be carried as a clutch.

  19. The Sac Bijou Birkin
  20. Price: $2 Million
    Year Released: 2012
    Materials Used: Rose Gold and White Diamonds
    The Sac Bijou Birkin
    photo source: Vogue UK

    The Sac Bijou Birkin was released in 2012 with a price tag of $2 million, making it the most expensive Birkin bag ever. This very limited edition Birkin was part of a collection designed by Pierre Hardy, the creative director of fine jewelry at Hermès. The Sac Bijou is much smaller than regular Birkin bags because it is meant to be worn as a bracelet.

    The entire bag is made of rose gold inlaid with 2,712 diamonds. The top flap of the Sac Bijou was textured to look like crocodile skin. Only three rose gold diamond Sac Bijou Birkin bags were made, making this an incredibly rare purse.

    Did You Know?

    In addition to the Sac Bijou Birkin, the Pierre Hardy collection also featured a Rose Gold Kelly, which also sold for $2 million.


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