Last June a pink crocodile Hermès Birkin was sold for a record high of $221,000. Now Hermès broke their record again, this time with a 35cm Birkin in Shiny Porosus Crocodile in the color Braise, finished with 18-karat white gold and encrusted with pavé diamonds, at a total weight of more than ten carats.
The life of a Birkin
The original owner of the bag bought the extra special Birkin in the New York City flagship on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It changed owners when Privé Porter (a resale business that focuses on previously owned Birkins) acquired the unused bag from the owner in 2015, whereafter it was purchased by a Los-Angeles based buyer who chose to stay anonymous.
One in a million
Privé Porter's co-founder and Managing Director Jeffrey Berk, who has seen his fair share of Birkins was impressed to say the least: “Even with the sheer volume of Birkins we’re offered daily, we are very careful about the bags we actually buy; is the color special? When was it produced? How rare is it? But we knew that when we had the opportunity to acquire this Braise Croc, we’d stumbled upon one of the special Birkins. We hoped to sell it to someone who appreciates the bag as much as we do, and from what we understand, the buyer is a very sophisticated collector who genuinely understands how special and rare this bag is. Which is reflected in their willingness to pay the record price.”