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Press Release - April 16, 2021

Rare Hermès Himalayan Handbag Comes to Heritage Auctions

Coloration created to resemble namesake mountains


Hermès 30cm Matte White Himalayan Niloticus Crocodile Birkin Bag
DALLAS, Texas (April 16, 2021) — A dazzling example of the rarest and most exclusive handbag ever made will find a new home when it sold in Luxury Accessories Auction May 2.

The Hermès 30cm Matte White Himalayan Niloticus Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware (estimate: $75,000-80,000) is the most expensive and iconic bag offered by the Parisian company.

"Hermès handbags have a legendary reputation among collectors around the world,” Heritage Auctions Luxury Accessories Director Dian D'Amato said. "This Himalayan Birkin is nothing short of spectacular, reserved for a miniscule percentage of VIP Hermès clients.”

The bag's extraordinary coloration is created through an exceedingly time-consuming process that achieves the desired gradient of color that sets this bag apart through a palette of color designed to mimic the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains. The hand-crafted masterpiece offers a rare intersection of artistry and craftsmanship.

"The demand for top Hermès handbags has never been higher, and the Himalayan Birkin is the finest ever offered,” D'Amato said. "Interest among serious collectors began to grow far in advance of the auction, which is a reflection of the knowledge of the collectors and a true testament to the master craftsmanship of Hermès.”

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Steve Lansdale, Public Relations Specialist

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