Most Expensive Women's Handbags in the World
Top Ten Most Expensive Bags and Purses You Can Buy!
First a request, please don't forget to vote in the survey below for your favorite bag from the list. I have been quite surprised to see which one most people like the most!
Also, don't forget to checkout the video, which has slightly different prices for the bags, as we here have never actually bought one of these bags, we can't vouch for the prices. Suffice to say that you are going to need to be extremely free and easy with your cash (or with someone else's) to get yourself one of them. We know that women love handbags, bags and purses but just why they love them so much is more difficult to fathom. It can't be genetic, as, strange as it may seem, handbags have only been around for about 150 years. The handbag fashion only really started in the late nineteenth century and it was not until around 1920 that handbags or bags became an essential item of a woman's wardrobe!
Louis Vuitton was the first manufacturer of "designer bags" and since he started it all off plenty of others have jumped on the designer bag bandwagon, no doubt seeing a good opportunity to make a lot of money by turning what should be just an ordinary utilitarian article into a prized object of fantasies and dreams. Why is a designer bag so expensive ? well, why not ? If people are willing to pay ever-increasing amounts of money for a bag to carry stuff about in, then why deprive them of that God-given right ?
Designer Handbags are Expensive - But Just How Expensive are the Most Expensive Designer Bags ?
The following is the list of the top ten most expensive womens handbags - which I obtained by scouring the Internet and piecing together the evidence. Check them out then rush off and buy one (well something similar anyway) !
Most Expensive Women's Handbags Nos. 1 - 6
Top Ten Most Expensive Designer Handbags in Photo Nos. 1 - 6
1. The Mouawad's 1001 Nights Diamond Purse - $3.8 million
Officially certified by Guinness World Records the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse is now the most expensive designer handbag in the world at $3.8 million. The heart-shaped purse is handcrafted from 18kt gold and has 4,517 diamonds (4,356 colorless, 105 yellow, 56 pink) with a total weight of 381.92 carats. It was made by ten artisans who worked on it for a total of 8,800 hours.
2. The Hermes Birkin bag created by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka - $1.9 million
This Hermes bags was apparently sold in 2008 for around $1.9 million. It is made of platinum and has over 2,000 diamonds. It is also versatile, so that in addition to being a handbag you can also use the diamond strap as a necklace or bracelet by removing it from the bag. The bag itself has an 8-carat pear shaped shimmering diamond that can also be used separately
3. The Chanel "Diamond Forever" Classic Handbag - $261,000
The "Diamond Forever" classic handbag boasts 334 diamonds for a total of 3.56 carats, in 18-carat white gold. The shoulder straps are also made from white gold. There are only 13 available worldwide, with five of them being in the USA.
4. Lana Marks Cleopatra Bag - $250,000
Lana Marks produces one Cleopatra clutch for retail each year. The one in the picture is made of metallic silver alligator skin and a clasp with 1,500 black and white diamonds in 18-carat white gold. Helen Mirren wore the $250,000 Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch at the 2007 Academy Awards. Lana only allows one star per year to carry her handmade diamond studded designs down the crimson carpet. How snooty is that ?
5. Urban Satchel Louie Vuitton Bag - $150,000
The Louie Vuitton Urban Satchel Bag is created from all sorts of urban junk e.g. cigarette packets, water bottle, tea bags and band aid. Apparently this handbag doesn't actually exist and was put together as a spoof by an artist who I believe is called 14 (apologies if I spelt her name wrong) - and who resides here - http://galleryoftheabsurd.typepad.com/14/2007/03/the_worlds_most.html - if it doesn't exist then it should and at a $150,000 a throw I think she should make a few more, who knows someone may have $150,000 looking for a home?
6. Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag - $120,000
Named after British singer/actress Jane Birkin. The clasp of this tote boasts 10 carats of white diamonds. The bag itself is made of crocodile. You can get cheaper versions sarting at around $5000
Most Expensive Women's Handbags Nos. 6 - 10
Most Expensive Womens Handbags in the World Nos. 7 - 10
7. Leiber Precious Rose Bag - $92,000
The Precious Rose is in the shape of a perfect flower, the bag has 1,016 diamonds totaling 42.56 carats, 1,169 pink sapphires and 800 tourmalines. There is only one available in the world.
8. LV Tribute Patchwork Bag - $42,000
Twenty are available in Louis Vuitton stores in Europe and Asia but the 4 in the USA have already been sold.
9. Gadino Bag by Hilde Palladino - $38,470
This crocodile Gadino Bag from Norwegian designer Hilde Palladino has 39 white diamonds strategically placed in clasps of white gold.
10A. Marc Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile Handbag - $38,000
One of Marcj Jacobs' most popular bags despite the hefty price tag. Purple crocodile skin, quilted with interior pockets and separators.
10B. Fendi Selleria Bag - $38,000
Can be made to order with sable and chinchilla, two of the world's rarest and most expensive animal skins. Big enough to accommodate a wallet, keys, cellphone and makeup bag.
So there you have it. A fine collection of beautiful bags, except one, and I wish you luck in your quest to buy one or to get someone else to buy you one ! If you are looking for something slightly less expensive then remember that - the Hermes Birkin bag starts at only $5000 !
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Jeffrey on November 07, 2015:
People pay millions for a rare stamp, so there is nothing to be surprised off. When the rich people spend their money harmlessly to others, we should be happy that they did not drive up the price for what the ordinary people consider as necessity. When people buy things, they do help the economy and provide employment. We all should be happy the wealthy people do spend their money from time to time, even for things that you will not buy for the price it shows. Believe it or not, it is only happens in a real "free country".
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on November 07, 2014:
Hi BagLady - nice to see you again. Clearly the most expensive designer handbags would give you a boost in your chosen career!
BagLady on November 05, 2014:
Wow - I never knew handbags could get so expensive! The diamond purse will do me nicely thank you very much!
vibesites from United States on December 13, 2013:
*sigh* I wish I could own these bags... I could only drool.
Dani Teale on December 10, 2013:
Best bags ever, and don't cost the price of a house - Coach! Last forever, great quality leather and stylish! Who could ask for anything more?
arshiacom on December 08, 2013:
I Wanna get all of them soon.
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on November 28, 2013:
You should indeed ask Lolalala, perhaps someone will answer.
Lolalala on November 28, 2013:
But can it shoot laser beam and be edible in case of the Apocalypse?
Just thought I should ask.
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on November 22, 2013:
Hi readers, thanks for the comments on my most expensive handbags page ! Yes you are right idig the urban bag is amusing, created by an art student I think as a bit of subversive fun. The problem of security guards is of course an ever present one when you are really rich, when you're really poor you just have to worry about being beaten up in your cardboard box :-) - best to be just in the middle - ah! the Tao of Goldilocks! Careermommy I applaud your choice and excellent taste !
Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on November 14, 2013:
Wow, I still can't decide which bag I'd choose. I think I'd go for the Hermes Berkin bag because I like big purses. This was a great read!
Levertis Steele from Southern Clime on November 14, 2013:
I would tire of having security guards escorting me to McDonald's and church. Lol!
I suppose the filthy rich can pamper themselves.
idigwebsites from United States on November 14, 2013:
I'm quite amused by the urban bag, hahaha.
Apart from that... they're very beautiful bags! But of course very, very expensive. I would have loved to see a reproduction of these bags with fake stones -- but of course this would have been a copyright issue. My favorite is the rose bag, it's really lovely. :)
Adam on October 15, 2013:
If you own one of these you are automatically a terrible person! Really!
Samita Sharma from Chandigarh on October 09, 2013:
Awesome hub.Very nice collection of handbags .Thanks for sharing this hub.
lee on October 08, 2013:
I wouldn't walk in the mud with any of them you are all ignorant.
Daniel on August 03, 2013:
I will be interest for women bags
How do i contact these company? Hope to hear from you
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on May 10, 2013:
Hi Hira - still bored ?
Hira on April 17, 2013:
These are all very old. I think there has been a recession! People are very poor now! Pfft! Show some new bags! Im BORED!
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on April 14, 2013:
Hi Kay, glad to hear you are pleased with the bag - it must be good quality, so good to hear designer bags are long-lasting too
Kay on April 06, 2013:
PS....I forgot to say that was in the mid 90's before all this hoopla started with celebs and knockoff issues.
Kay on April 06, 2013:
I have a Birkin 35cm in black/gold rare chevre and I love it. I saved up for it. I didn't buy frou frou things because I wanted this bag. It took a while but I got it and I'm so thrilled to have it. Rich family, no. Exquisite taste, yes. LOL.
adcinco on December 23, 2012:
Easy come, easy go. Pleople who knows the difficulty of earning do not spend so easily. Historically material riches are usually linked the worst human misery.
JA on December 12, 2012:
Most of them are really UGLY!
JG79 on November 11, 2012:
I saw a callum fraser couture bag and that had things on it that none of these bags even come close to. If I had the money id get one of them and be really different
zara mallik khan on October 03, 2012:
average woman on September 20, 2012:
I have a LV that was purchased four years ago for around 900 bucks. Tote it everyday everywhere. Still looks pretty good and has held up beautifully. Will tote it till it falls apart and if I can afford it, I will buy another to replace it. Best bag I ever had. Oh and by the way the reason I bought it is I don't like changing bags. Wanted one to last as long as possible and so far I have not been disappointed.
carla on September 11, 2012:
oh...........i love diamond purse that was sooooo.......... cute..........
Beach Lover on August 16, 2012:
Yes, Marie I agree BUT I know just the girl who wants one since her husband is so wealthy! I wanted to see which were the most expensive bags for women. Venessa Bryant (Kobe's wife, of Laker fame) recently stated in an interview that she was tired of the same old handbags that ALL other women had. She has had Hermes, LV, Marc Jacob, Chanel, etc. since she was a teen. She married Bryant when she was 17 or 18. So, maybe little miss "eat them eat cake" should purchase SOME of the bags that were mentioned here. Maybe someone who has her email address can forward this article to her, so she can go sjopping. ^ ^
Marie on July 05, 2012:
Waste of money!!! You would have to be the most selfish person ever to even think of buying these ugly handbags!!!
joe on July 05, 2012:
Only a moron would waste money on this women get so brainwashed by media and celebrity and brand names get out of the BS
louise w on May 26, 2012:
id rather spent my cash on a callum fraser couture bag cos they r more rare.
Kevi Naleo Mor on May 08, 2012:
Why do I feel that LV bags are not worth the price mentioned above??
divainfashion on May 08, 2012:
They missed out callumfrasercouture bags. they're awesome
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on March 24, 2012:
Thanks for all the comments about the most expensive handbags in the world ! I can't comment myself, as I have lost the will to live. One day perhaps I'll losethe will to moan too.
Dancer4life on March 15, 2012:
INSANE!!!! Who would EVER spend 3.8 million on a BAG?? What about everything else you could buy with that money. Crazy People these days. Crazy I tell you.
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Ana on March 09, 2012:
What's sad is that those super rich celebrities that can afford things like this, is because people like us who can't, support them by watching their movies and what not
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kirsty on January 27, 2012:
hey these handbags are cool
David Brown on January 19, 2012:
Yes it's wrong. There are people on this planet starving. Get your head out your asses you brainwashed pigs.
Harika on January 10, 2012:
I LOVE FIRST ,THIRD AND SEVENTH.FIRST ONE IS AWESOME COOL.
ciput on January 06, 2012:
let's rush to coach premium factory outlet!!!! they have some 30% further discount....
livetosmile on January 02, 2012:
thank you for the very interesting information! I personally don't understand why having a garbage bag of an "excelling" is all that great. If you have money, then congradulations!! I hope u worked hard and deserve the money you earn. I hope you all just understand that all these very expensive items are only for looks and appearance. Someone who is moral and uses common sense (please forgive if i attend anyone) is not even going to think anything of your expensive bag. I honestly do think that the most expensive purse is very beautiful. It's a wonderful piece of art! I personally would not even waist my time on it! But for all those august people who can afford it....actually. I think its very incoherent to purchase it...even if it is beautiful!! Anyway, this really left me super shocked!! Great great blot!! You yourself seem to be a very interesting person by all your responded to comments. Your writing is very intriguing!! Keep up the great work!! You must fey tired of writing back to all the comments huh? Haha.
haeb on December 22, 2011:
no.1 is so cute and beautiful i wish i will have that bag
Kiran on December 22, 2011:
I liked the first bag, which is worth some millions... I guess these should be in the handbag Museum in Amsterdam...
Tasty on December 02, 2011:
They are all ugly... Even if i had the money i wouldn't but any of them. I would rather donate the money or find a something productive to do.
xxx on December 01, 2011:
there not that expensive
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on November 28, 2011:
Thanks for all the comments guys and gals - and to designer-handbag thanks for the update, it appears we now have a new most expensive handbag in the world! I have added it at the top of the list.
micky moouse from disney on November 18, 2011:
The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse with a value of $3.8 million USD as certified by the Guinness World Record Authority as the worlds most expensive purse. The diamond handbag, handcrafted from 18K gold and incorporating 4,517 diamonds (105 yellow, 56 pink and 4,356 colourless) with a total weight of 381.92 carats, is now on sale. It has been admired by jewellery connoisseurs from around the globe - from Dubai to Saudi Arabia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Beirut and Los Angeles. So what are you waiting for!
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mucho surprised on November 17, 2011:
I think it's amazing to even think that someone could spend 1.9 million on 'a bag', when such large amounts of money could be invested in say 10 HOUSES which could provide a huge rental income cumulatively (or be given to charity to save lives of a small 3rd world country perhaps). This is coming from a male perspective, so I don't quite understand women's fascination with a bag, but I think one thing is clear: the only ones who are buying such bags are not self made millionaires because every self made millionaire will tell you every penny counts (I've got relatives who can truly attest to that statement) and in the rare case that a self made millionaire purchases a 1.9 million dollar bag, it is for his wife/ ...or the owner did not purchase the bag, but had one made for herself given its her bag company in the first place.
Lodee Agrellas on November 17, 2011:
Bag is a bag!! Its how you "Carry" them! you can wear the most expensive bag in the world and still look like "shit! or you can wear the cheapest one and still look fabulous! Sorry..
gala on November 14, 2011:
its so much expensive but not gooooooooooooooooooooOooOoOD..
I HAVE SHOES BETTER THAN THIS.....
BUT IT IS SO CHEAP ONLY $5000.OHOOOOOOOOOO
Gel.E on November 13, 2011:
Why waste so much money on these things that just hold your stuff in and risk yourself of being robbed? I'm not just talking about these handbags.. I'm talking about all designer bags.. Because even $1000 for one is just ridiculous... But then again, rich people don't care. They splurge on what's not necessary. Shame.
Chris Nelson on November 08, 2011:
The new revolution of handbags is a light inside! Technology and beauty in the Glass Handbag. The first of these will be worth a ton someday. www.glasshandbag.com
aisha on November 07, 2011:
simple life is always better
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miu miu on September 27, 2011:
i like hermes bag very much, if i have money i will buy
juvz11 on September 24, 2011:
i'm glad i stumbled over this site and looking at all these expensive bags just left me in awe... some weren't truly worth the price such as those junk bags but some look really lovely. i'll be glad to have one of these bags as a gift, but i'd never spend such amount using my own hard-earned money for just a single bag. :)
Charlie Jade Dress on September 23, 2011:
Thanks for this great post women likes handbag when women go out, there are lots of things that they need to take, such as cosmetics, mirrors, purse and cell phones. These things cannot be carried by their hands, so they choose handbags to serve as their friends. When you read at this you may see that women are troublesome, yes, to some extent. Women should makeup when they attend some formal occasions, so they need to take their cosmetic to refine their makeup.
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yen on September 13, 2011:
I love Leiber Precious Rose Bag!
Hmm... on August 29, 2011:
I can understand what you're saying, but if people have enough money to purchase these things, let them purchase it, and not make a big deal over the price.
Tracy Berry on July 27, 2011:
Yes all that money could feed hungry children!!!!! How do you know that these designers don't donate to charities????? You don't! If America had a good reason for being broke, you could maybe use that, but really they didn't have a hurricane like half the rest of the world! The only person at fault of the economy is the government and the people! People have been taking advantage of MONEY for years now!
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on July 23, 2011:
Hi Anna, - thank you for your thoughtful comment, and well done on finding so many designer bags in thrift shops ! I'm surprised some of them are starting to flake inside, like you say, you would expect some durability for such expensive bags. Nevertheless, good quality bags do generally represent a good investment, as they tend to increase in value over time, as some people collect them, provided they are in good condition. Good luck in your handbag buying adventures in future :-)
Anna Leah (pinay) on July 23, 2011:
I so much enjoyed reading all the comments! I own a few authentic LV, Gucci, Fendi, Coach, Dior and Prada bags that I collected over the years and most of them are vintage and only bought for a fraction of the price from Thrift shops, pre-owned stores and on-line shops, all in their original dustbags. I like vintage designer bags because I believe the vintage ones are classic, never goes out of style, and at least, in my opinion, of obvious authenticity (compared to the costly latest models and their 99% replicas nowadays). Like most of you said, bags are women's status symbol and I carry my bags with pride. It's sad though that I couldn't carry my precious LV monogram bags all the time! Not with oily hands or in bad weathers! Cowhide leather in monogram Louis Vuitton bags easily get dirty, darken and leave permanent mark even their boxes and paper bags and I don't understand why an expensive item as such could easily blemish in a blink of an eye. Even my vintage Gucci bags are already starting to flake inside and scuff! Is it really worth buying? What happens to quality and durability that you pay for especially for expensive brand new stuff? Very ironic, huh?!
lianne realonda on July 01, 2011:
how i wish that my boyfriend give 1 of this bags to me,...grrrrrrrrrr!!!!
Snail on May 04, 2011:
They all look nice. But can they bite? Nobody in their right mind would think of having all of them.
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on April 30, 2011:
HI Yasmin - yes you are right people get their priorities wrong - it is a strange world we are living in -
Yasmin on April 25, 2011:
i currently live in an Asian country and i see the craze for LVs and Coach handbags around me.. even if some of the women do not earn enough to pay for their mortgages, they most definitely buy these expensive handbags. it baffles me as to why they are so crazy about these labels especially when they don't even have enough money to spare. however i realized that it has become a status symbol for them more than anything else and it is really sad to see so. Anyway,more than the information, i like your view points.
rychae on April 22, 2011:
yup! i don't have that such money..would you allow me to say..."if these are true..its just soooo stuuuupid"
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on March 17, 2011:
Hi mysisters - thanks for the comment and the compliment - yes pretty expensive handbags for mere mortals ! Time to start saving maybe ?
mysisters on March 16, 2011:
Great Hub. I can't believe how much some of these handbags cost. They are all very unique and different. I love the precious rose handbag. Very cool!
gucci outlet on February 28, 2011:
Great blog! I truly love how it is easy on my eyes and the information is well written. I am wondering how I may be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your rss feed which ought to do the trick! Have a nice day!
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on February 22, 2011:
Hi Lynelle - the poll shows that the Birkin bag is the most popular (just) I assume you mean the one that's only $120,000 not the one that costs $1.9 million - congratulations on having a boyfriend with deep pockets !
lynnelle on February 21, 2011:
i love the birkin bag! its beyond gorgeous im dying to get one my birthday is coming up and i keep hinting it to my boyfriend.
JD on January 30, 2011:
Guys its just handbags.....they don't feed you..lol
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on January 28, 2011:
Thanks for the comment Kimber - expensive handbags certainly aren't going to feed any children except maybe the children of the people making the bags
kimber on January 28, 2011:
For one its not like the people don't have sense its that there looking at cute handbags so for one feeding the children or helping out the world is never going to help people put them selfes were they are today i don't feel sorry for anyone at all..We all have sense so commenting is alriight wanting an getting are two different things sorry to tell ya
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on January 28, 2011:
Hi Cherie thanks for the comment - I guess you are right but for people rich enough to buy the most expensive bags in the world a couple of hundred thousand dollars is not much
cherie fortunato on January 27, 2011:
all of them are nice but now a days we should be practical and spend our money wisely.
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on January 20, 2011:
Well, I don't see any discounts Mike - and as they are the most expensive handbags in the world I doubt if they offer discounts on them :-)
Mike on January 19, 2011:
Discounts here: Online Fashion Store
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on January 19, 2011:
Hi Helen thanks for the comment - I'm surprised at how popular the Birkin is - 'classic' as you say, just an ordinary black bag for $120,000 - strange that it should cost so much
Helen Bolam on January 19, 2011:
Interesting Hub, Birkin a classic favourite, would be my choice. But a ridiculous price. I'll stick to the High Street.
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on January 18, 2011:
Hi Mysisters - thanks for the comment and the compliment - yes they are expensive handbags and I agree the precious rose is rather special
mysisters on January 18, 2011:
Nice Hub. Very interesting just how much these handbags are. I love the precious rose handbag!
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on January 17, 2011:
Lol - I wouldn't like to say
Jessica_Z from China on January 16, 2011:
Then what should i do to be nice? lol
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on January 16, 2011:
Hi Jessica thanks for the comment - maybe if you're very nice Father Christmas wil bring one by next Christmas :-)
Jessica_Z from China on January 16, 2011:
I love the first and the fifth.
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on December 25, 2010:
Congratulations baghag on your purchase of one of the most expensive handbags in the world -ever - pity I didn't get a commission !
Baghag on December 22, 2010:
I just purchased bag #5 and to be honest...... It was worth EVERY PENNY! And I plan on getting more! Once you own one of these bags you see things completely different!
me on December 08, 2010:
all are very ugly!
gigibair on December 01, 2010:
I was looking up most expensive handbags, my Uncle was commenting on how our country is going to Hell in a handbag(http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/Facepirate) the LV Urban trash one really proved his point in a weird way..The way our leaders spend money and waste it!
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on October 22, 2010:
That's usuall for Christmas - not for exepensive handbags - would care to expand your comment ?
SuZi Q on October 18, 2010:
Singular Investor (author) from Oxford on October 15, 2010:
Well it ain't going to get much more interesting I'm afraid bags outlet - the most expensive handbags in the universe are what they are