Kelly from Hermès, how to get a bag that is almost impossible to find


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On May 2, an auction of Kelly bags from Hermès was held, the most desired in the world of luxury accessories. The sale was organized by the American house Heritage Auctions. There are also accessories from Louis Vuitton or Chanel.

Who walks behind one knows it. It is very difficult to get hold of a Kelly bag from the French firm Hermès. The waiting list goes on for years. On the website of the "maison" you can buy many bags, but none of those offered by the search engine is the long-awaited Kelly. With that name we can buy belts or wallets inspired by the model designed in the 30s and which was renamed Kelly since Monaco's princess Grace Kelly once used it to hide her pregnancy. But of the wallet, no trace.

The fact is that this accessory, devised by Robert Dumas, son-in-law of Émile Hermès and his successor as director of Hermès, is easily recognizable by its trapezoid shape, with two triangular bellows, a cutout flap, a handle and two straps, and enjoys icon category for decades.


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This accessory is so sought after that for years it has starred in auctions at Christie's and other auction houses, such as the American Heritage Auction, which has a bid with several copies underway on its website (ends on May 2).

“This auction is one of the nicest sales I've ever done at Heritage Auctions,” explains Heritage's director of luxury accessories, Diane D'Amato. In total there are around 80 bags from the French firm available for auction. Not all are Kelly, there are also other models such as the equally desired Birkin design.

In fact, the piece expected to fetch the highest price is a Hermès 30cm Matte White Niloticus Niloticus Himalayan Crocodile Birkin with palladium hardware (lot 58,076), which is expected to fetch between $75,000 and $80,000. . The most affordable Kelly in principle for a 32 cm Hermès Vintage model in red leather with gold hardware. The estimate is that it will close for between US$2,000 and US$3,000.

The most faithful to the French firm Louis Vuitton will also find objects with which to be dazzled at this event. Forty-one lots are up for sale, including pieces like a rattling, late-19th-century Damier Ebene monogram-lined canvas trunk (estimated $8,000 to $10,000), or a Keepall Bandoulière 50 bag made of PVC with blue monogram (estimated price between US$4,000 and US$6,000).