Most Expensive Hermès Birkin Bags in the World: The Exotic Skins, Diamond Hardware and More Luxe Details

Nothing says luxury quite like a Birkin bag — look no further than their hefty price tags. Named after French actress Jane Birkin, the Hermès carryall was created in 1984 after Birkin told then-executive chairman Louis Dumas that she was in need of a purse suitable for young mothers.

Almost half a century later, Birkins are an enduring status symbol, with customers clamoring for increasingly rare variants of the leather tote. The bag has been immortalized in pop culture (most famously “Sex and the City”) and on the blockchain (rest in peace, MetaBirkin NFTs), while celebrities like Kris Jenner and Victoria Beckham count themselves as collectors.

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With Hermès releasing their most prized purses in limited numbers, these one-of-a-kind pieces can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. Exotic skins, diamond hardware and unique designs only up the ante. Below, WWD lists some of the most expensive Birkin bags in the world.


The Ombré Birkin

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The Ombré Birkin 25.

The Ombré Birkin was introduced in 2019. Crafted from ultra-rare Varanus salvator lizard skin, the bag comes adorned with palladium hardware and is lined with Parchemin chevre leather. While its retail price is between $40,000 and $80,000, the Ombré Birkin is worth almost double at auction. In 2020, Sotheby’s sold this purse for $137,500.


The Metallic Birkin

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The Metallic Silver Chèvre Birkin 25.

Released in 2005, limited-edition metallic Birkins were made in silver and bronze. Measuring 25 centimeters, they’re smaller than the typical Birkin, but they’ll still cost a pretty penny. A silver version with bronze detailing, sold by Sotheby’s in 2022, went for nearly $140,000.


The So Black Birkin

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The Matte Crocodile So Black Birkin 30.

Before Jean Paul Gaultier stepped down as creative director of Hermès in 2010, his final collection for the fashion house included a line of “So Black” handbags. This limited-edition matte niloticus crocodile 30 with PVD hardware fetched just over $200,000 when Christie’s auctioned it off in 2019.


The Diamond Birkin

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The Géranium Crocodile Diamond Birkin 35.

Birkins made with exotic skins are already considered rare, so it’s no surprise that a little bling increases the price tag. Crocodile diamond Birkins typically cost more than $200,000 on the resale market, with one of the most expensive being the Géranium 35, pictured above. Sold by Christie’s in 2018, the bag is crafted with porosus crocodile skin and includes 18-karat white gold and diamond hardware.


The Faubourg Birkin

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The Faubourg Neige Birkin.

Released in 2019, the Faubourg Birkin resembles an Hermès storefront. There are four shades of the coveted handbag, with the Neige or “Snow” colorway being the most valuable. Faubourgs have become among the most collectible Hermès bags, featuring both alligator and chèvre leather. Sotheby’s sold this rare 20-cm handbag with palladium hardware for $400,000 in 2022.


The Himalaya Birkin

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A Himalaya Diamond Birkin.

Sotheby’s sold a Himalaya Birkin 30 with diamond-encrusted white gold hardware for $450,000 in 2022. Made from niloticus crocodile skin, the highly coveted handbag features nine to 10 carats of stones. Named for their gradient pattern reminiscent of the snow-capped Himalaya mountains, even those without diamond hardware are considered some of the rarest — and most valuable — in the world.

$1.9 million

The Ginza Tanaka Birkin

worlds most expensive hermes birkin bags, A Ginza Tanaka employee shows off 200-million-yen (1,626,016 USD) diamond bijou bag made of 208ct, 2182-diamonds and platinum during a platinum exhibition press preview in Tokyo on June 18, 2015. Japan's jewelry company, Ginza Tanaka will hold the exhibition, "The Story of Platinum" together with Platinum Guild International from June 19 to July 31.          AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA        (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP via Getty Images)
The Ginza Tanaka Birkin.

Hermès collaborated with Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka in 2015 to create this $1.9 million platinum “Birkin.” It’s encrusted with 2,182 diamonds, including an 8-carat pear-shaped center piece.

$2 million

The Sac Bijou Birkin

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The Sac Bijou Birkin.

Priced at $2 million, the Sac Bijou Birkin was released as part of Hermès’ Haute Bijouterie Collection in 2012. Designed by Pierre Hardy, the miniature handbag, intended to be worn as a bracelet, features over 2,000 diamonds set in rose gold. According to Sotheby’s, there are only three Sac Bijou Birkins in existence.

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