This Hermès Vintage Sale Has Suits, Watches, and Plenty of Purses—Including Birkin Bags

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Now’s your chance to own rare and stunning accessories.

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With much of the world on lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19, companies across industries are looking for ways to stay in business and engage with customers. For leading French auction house Artcurial, that means hosting online auctions. And they’re hosting an incredible one of vintage Hermès items, this May.

From May 29 through June 4 collectors can find stunning pieces from the luxury brand will have over 150 lots to peruse. Included in the sale are iconic Birkin and Kelly bags, a skateboard, and a bicycle. The sale will showcase high-end luxury vintage items that put the spotlight on each of Hermès’ specialties, including leather goods, lifestyle accessories, jewelry, watches, and ready-to-wear. Pieces start at €250 ($270) and are estimated to go for upwards of €7,000 ($7,500).


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“Each of our Hermès Vintage sale is an opportunity to discover and rediscover a creation from this fabulous fashion house,” said Alice Léger, Specialist Hermès Vintage and Fashion Arts at Artcurial. “All of Hermès specialties are represented, aiming to offer a wide range of pieces for both experienced collectors and aficionados. 

Artcurial was a pioneer in the sale of vintage Hermès and has become the go-to destination for collectors seeking iconic pieces. Also on the calendar is a sale for modern and vintage watches, jewelry, 20th-century literature, and Chanel vintage pieces. Plus, they are hosting an in-person auction in June of tableware, silverware, and glassware from The Ritz Paris, a historic American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property.


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“Artcurial is an international reference for these sales, and we have had the opportunity over the years to develop our clientele and thus be able to refine our selections to best meet the demand of the secondary market,” added Léger.

Separately, Hermès launched a new tableware collection that brings the jungle into your home. The Passifolia line features 30 pieces with bold palm leaf, fern, and hibiscus prints and took artisans over 2,000 hours to engrave each petal, leaf, and stem into the white porcelain.