When it comes to the the best of the best of hype sales, Christie’s has essentially cornered the market. The centuries-old auction house has perfected the art of marketing everything from Supreme Bogos to one-of-a-kind Nike sneakers, among the products of the art market.
Here, high-end luxury bags mingle with streetwear grails, a mix of collectibles with one common thread: rarity.
It is difficult to choose between the complete collection of YEEZY (estimated to make over $ 50,000) and magnificent “The Endless Road” Pearl Gray Birkin (estimated at $ 26,000), but we caught up with Caitlin Donovan, Head of the US Department of Christie’s, Vice President for Handbags and Accessories, to showcase some of the best clips from âHandbags x HYPEâ.
HermÃ¨s “Himalaya” Birkin bag (est. $ 80k – $ 100k)
Basic Birkins, begone: the “Himalaya” is a handbag like no other. Handcrafted from painstakingly dyed Nile crocodile skin to achieve an impeccable gradation effect, the Birkin “Himalaya” is basically the measure by which HermÃ¨s collectors are judged.
In fact, Christie’s set a world record with the sale of a âHimalaya Birkin encrusted with diamonds in 2017, fetching a staggering sale price of Â£ 293,000 (approx. $ 390,000).
âThere is no bag more synonymous with luxury than the Birkin ‘Himalayaâ, says Donovan. “The craftsmanship is surpassed only by its rarity, it is the holy grail bag for all those who consider themselves a connoisseur or a serious collector of the brand.”
Signature bulletproof vest worn by Kanye West on the DONDA visit (est. $ 20,000- $ 30,000)
If the Birkin “Himalaya” serves as a benchmark for HermÃ¨s collectors, this model signed DONDA vest is the gold standard for Yeezy heads, the ultimate piece of merch.
This same vest makes waves when he traded hands for $ 20,000 earlier this year, expect his return to be greeted with equally headline-worthy offers.
Supreme x Louis Vuitton Keepall (est. $ 2k- $ 3k)
It all starts here. Kim Jones’ iconic high-low crossover has spawned many coveted items, but this co-branded red Keepall is arguably the most iconic.
âThe Supreme x Louis Vuitton collaboration is considered by many to be one of the most important and groundbreaking collaborations in fashion history,â said Donovan. “The legacy of this collaboration will live on forever, with notions of how luxury is defined transformed forever.”
HermÃ¨s Birkin 20 Sellier Faubourg bag (est. $ 80k – $ 100k)
Among all the other exotic and exclusive Birkin bags in Christie’s chests, this ultra-rare Navy Blue edition of the Birkin 20 Sellier Faubourg stands proudly.
An even rarer edition of an already sought-after HermÃ¨s Birkin, this Sellier Faubourg cold-hued alligator leather bag features a facade reconstructed by the in-house craftsmen of the French brand to recall the facade of its 150-year-old 24 Rue de Faubourg. years Flagship store in Saint HonorÃ©.
The Birkins are already exclusive, but HermÃ¨s only makes a few dozen of these Sellier Faubourg bags for special occasions, whenever it wants.
Chanel x Medicom Toy Be @ rbrick (est. $ 8k- $ 10k)
Released in 2006 during a pop-up at colette, barely any Chanel Be @ rbricks were officially put on sale. This one has a bit of wear and tear but that’s not surprising considering most of them were laid around the colette store where customers and staff sometimes played with them.
âModeled on Coco Chanel and designed by Karl Lagerfeld, only 1,000 of these Be @ rbricks were made, let alone available for purchase,â says Donovan. âCoveted by collectors of the brand and Be @ rbrick, aftermarket prices of over $ 80,000 have cemented this collaboration as one of the most collectable in the aftermarket. “
Jordan XIII “He’s Got Game” worn and signed by Michael Jordan (est. $ 300k- $ 500k)
With the jerseys and sneakers worn by Michael Jordan scoring record auction prices, now is a good time to sell some authentic MJ gear.
These Jordan 13s, signed by the man himself, are particularly significant for collectors. They were worn on April 18, 1998 for the final regular season game of Jordan’s final championship season, as documented in last year’s smash documentary, The last dance.
HermÃ¨s construction hat (est. $ 600- $ 800)
Honestly, this one is a steal. Before Supreme and Chrome Hearts put their mark on everything from bricks to Nike, HermÃ¨s was curating cheeky collectibles to commemorate its store openings and special events.
This is an honest plastic construction hat, simply imprinted with a HermÃ¨s logo and commemorative text to reflect its origins. That’s it and, frankly, it’s more than enough.
âA heritage brand that values ââcraftsmanship and precision above all else, the helmet created for the opening of the Hermes store in Toronto in 2008 is a testament to the brand’s underlying playful and creative spirit,â says Donovan . “Rare, the helmet has become a coveted collector’s item by many fans of the brand.”
Supreme x George Condo (est. 6,000), Damien Hirst ($ 7,000), KAWS skateboards ($ 15,000); KAWS x Zoo York Skateboards ($ 7,000)
In addition to handbags, collectibles and knickknacks, Christie’s also offers a selection of coveted skateboards that span all eras of streetwear. From KAWS ‘late’ 90s Zoo York decks to Supreme teams with George Condo and Damien Hirst, a multitude of top notch art market talent show up in this auction thanks to these skate deck polyptychs at collect.
“Supreme’s collaboration with some of the most important players in today’s contemporary art market is one of the many reasons the brand has grown from a small ’90s skate shop to an iconic family name.” , Donovan said.
âLooking to the future, there were many collaborations that took place early in the careers of these prolific artists and, like most Supreme collaborations we see, were a social or artistic commentary on the pop culture and marketplace. current art. “
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