Birkin is not the most popular item by Hermes
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For years, the famous Birkin purse has been symbol of prestige and luxury, but if you follow the latest trends its popularity seems to slowly fade away.
The new statistics show that Kelly is coming back on the big scene. Its value in the last decade has increased by 350 percent. That information is even confirmed by Jérôme Lalande, a famous name in the leather industry, which has been working with Hermes for more than 20 years.
In that context goes the information that the biggest attention to the forthcoming auction organized by the Christie's, which will feature rare pieces by Chanel and Hermes handbags attracts exactly the Kelly model.
It's a model made of white crocodile leather, which was once owned by Elizabeth Taylor. What makes it even more specific is that it has double smaller dimensions than the standard Kelly purse, and is not available on the markets for 15 years already. Experts believe that it will be sold for 60 to 80 thousand euro, making it the most expensive purse in Europe.
Even according to Collector Square and their data, Birkin is not the most popular bag anymore. Considering the data from the auctions held, Kelly owns 24 percent of the total sales, while Birkin has remained at 20 percent.
For a reminder, as Birkin is named after Jane Birkin, Kelly is named after actress Grace Kelly. But before it was so, this purse model was called "Sac a Courroies". However, Grace Kelly is the first famous person to link with her handbag.
While filming "To Catch a Thief" in 1954, on one of the sets, the actress appeared exactly with this purse.
Two years later, this purse gain popularity again when Grace tried to hide his pregnant stomach with it, a photo that was published by all media, in addition to the news about the engagement with the actress and Prince Rainer of Monaco.
Birkin again came on the fashion scene in 1985. By the middle 1990s its popularity reached the top, and at the expense of that, Kelly's dropped. But the trend, as we see, is beginning to change.
In Hermes there is already a waiting list for the Kelly model for the current year. The average cost of the bag is $ 10,030, or about 8,500 euro.