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Himalaya Kelly 25: The most desirable handbag in existence

The Himalaya Kelly 25 is a pricey bag ever sold at auction.

Dec 02, 2017 | By Andrea Sim

This exceptional, matte white Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Retourne Kelly 25 fetched a whooping price of USD 382,000, early Wednesday morning at Christie’s in Hong Kong.

The bag was said to be one of the priciest bag ever sold at auction.

Produced in very limited sets, Hermès began to craft very few Himalaya Kelly Bags for top clients. The Himalaya Kelly is a perfect blend of subtle gradation of the Himalaya and the elegance of the Kelly. What reveals is a Himalaya Kelly 25 an heirloom and a work of art.

The question on everyone’s mind is this: How did this handbag achieve such reputation? It lies in the construction of this extraordinary craftsmanship of the handbag, worth hankering after by avid bag collectors.

The Hermès birkin is made of Matte White Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 25 with palladium hardware. Measuring at 25 x 8 x 9 cm, this coveted Himalaya Kelly 25 includes a clochette, lock, keys, felt protector, shoulder strap, small dustbag and dustbag.

The most desirable handbag in existence

The Himalaya Birkin Bag 30 (each to its own), which costs as much as condominium apartment in Singapore was sold at world record price of USD 300,168 at Christie’s 30th Anniversary Hong Kong auction in 2016. The exotic bag featured White Gold and Diamond Himalaya Bag was the most desirable handbags in existence. The incredible result solidified what handbag collectors worldwide already known.

What makes Himalaya Birkin Unique?

Crafted from Nilo crocodile hide, the word ‘Himalaya’ does not apply to the origin of the bag, it applies to the delicate gradation of the colour. Imagine the majestic, snow-capped Himalayas, the smoky grey fades into a pearly white over time after a long period of usage.

The process of dyeing a Crocodile hide is said to be time-consuming and exponentially more difficult as the shades lighten. To create the pristine white of the snow of the Hermès Himalaya Birkin Bag, the construction of this wearable rocky grey requires great skill and a fine eye for details.

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