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Hermes Birkin Cat Fight at Auction Houses

Hermes Birkin Cat Fight at Auction Houses

Two rival auction houses have clashed over which one may have set the record for the sale of a crocodile-skin Birkin handbag by the luxury goods firm Hermes.

Paris auction house Artcurial said last month it had sold a red, orange and pink coloured bag, named after the British-born French actress and singer Jane Birkin, for a record $82,600 on May 21.

But US auctioneers Heritage Auctions disputed the record, saying they sold a red Birkin bag in the US in December 2011 for $203,150, although the claim was quickly disputed by Artcurial which pointed out that the clasp was encrusted with a diamond, meaning it was not a like with like comparison.

Heritage countered that it had also sold a grey Birkin bag in April with a “palladium” clasp for $86,500 and others with unspecified variations for $113,525, $104,500 and $95,600.

Perhaps the record wasset by another bag sold in 2007, according to media reports, for $96,723. But that too had a distinguishing feature: it was owned by Jane Birkin.

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