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Exceptional Hermès Kelly Bag Tricolor Alligator Ghw 32 cm RARE Exc Cond
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Amazingly Gorgeous Authentic Hermès Kelly Bag Extremely Rare, this bag is a collector piece, a must-have ! Made in France Stamp T in circle for 1990 Made of Alligator and Golden ...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Exceptional Hermès Lift Bag 4 ways Emerald Green Lizard H Buckle Ghw Rare
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Gorgeous Authentic Vintage Hermès Bag called "Lift" Super rare Made in France Stamp R in circle (1988) Made of Lizard and golden Hardware Colorway: Emeral Green (Vert émeraude)...
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1980s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Rare Limited Edition Metallic Bronze Large Brown Gold Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Limited Edition Chanel Old Medium Rare Metallic Bronze Gold Boy Bag Year: 2017 Chanel Dark Brown Bronze Quilted Patent Leather Large Boy Flap Bag Patent Leather in gold Gold Hardwa...
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2010s Structured Shoulder Bags

1950s Rare Lucite Lace and Rhinestone purse handbag by Florida Handbags in pink
Located in Daylesford, Victoria
Mid Century Florida Handbag in the palest pink with “Gilt sparkles” in diagonals, within the Lace, set to Lucite, and a Carved, Diamond Leaf Carved, clear Lucite Lid and horseshoe sh...
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1950s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Rare Art Deco Black beaded handbag purse with Lucite top
Located in Daylesford, Victoria
Art Deco Aurora Borealis and Black Glass Beaded, “D” shaped ends to the Handbag with Honey swirl Lucite, with double, cross over, flexible swag handles, Gilt snap Clasp and Bronze Pi...
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1940s Evening Bags and Minaudières

HERMES Vintage and Rare Handbag 2 ways Toile Canvas Leather
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Amazing and rare Authentic Hermes Bag Made in France Stamp L in a circle Made of Canvas (Toile) and Leather. Lined with beige fabric Colorways: Beige and Navy Blue "HE...
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1980s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Vintage Rare Handbag Clutch Exotic Tote & Metallic Bronze Hobo Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Metallic Bronze Python Shoulder Bag Brown & Metallic Python Interlocking CC Logo Silver-Tone Hardware Chain-Link Handle Satin Lining & Three Interior Pockets Turn-Lock Closur...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Vivienne Westwood Signature Plaid Handbag
By Vivienne Westwood
Located in New York, NY
Vivienne Westwood plaid handbag measures 9 1/2" in height. The width measures 6 1/2" along the top and 13" along the bottom, depth measures 5". The double handles measures 7" in heig...
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1980s Handbags and Purses

Rare Chanel 90's Round Beige Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Rare, Collector, superb CHANEL round handbag in beige and black leather. Magnificent piece that collectors are snapping up. This CHANEL collector's bag dates from the years 1994-1996...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

  • Rare Chanel 90's Round Beige Handbag
  • Rare Chanel 90's Round Beige Handbag
  • Rare Chanel 90's Round Beige Handbag
  • Rare Chanel 90's Round Beige Handbag
H 8.27 in. D 2.76 in. L 8.27 in.
40cm Rare Red (rougue) Ostrich Hermes Birkin Handbag
By Hermès
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
More than just a purse, Hermes Birkin bags are coveted items that grow in value. This would be great for your collection and is an investment. This iconic handbag is 40cm with gold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

1990-s RARE GIANNI VERSACE FUR HANDBAG with TURQUOISE STONES
By Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
Super chic and luxurious Gianni Versace lynx print patchwork fur handbag. Finished with genuine snakeskin and genuine turquoise stones. Measures 14 x 9 inches. No signs of wear a...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

40cm Rare Cognac (Orange-Brown) Crocodile Hermes Birkin Handbag
By Hermès
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
More than just a purse, Hermes Birkin bags are coveted items that grow in value. This would be great for your collection and is an investment. This iconic handbag is 40cm with gold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Koret Very Rare "Mallette" Black Crocodile Structured Handbag
By Koret
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Koret "Mallette" handbag is composed of a striking black Crocodile. The structured handbag features a bottom compartment and original key. In excellent vintage condition, hardwa...
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20th Century Top Handle Bags

Gucci Italy Rare Black Suede Tiger Emblem Handbag Tom Ford Era c 2000
By Tom Ford for Gucci
Located in University City, MO
Gucci Italy Rare black suede tiger emblem handbag Tom Ford era c 2000 The luxurious compact size handbag is covered with plush black suede Adorned with a sleek gilt metal tiger embl...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Rare Stella McCartney Multicolored Raffia Ribbonwork Handbag
By Stella McCartney
Located in Houston, TX
Early Stella McCartney ribbonwork handbag from late 2000s. This flexible bag has a beautiful exterior of colorful woven silk and synthetic raffia ribbons, with a wooden top handle an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Hobo Bags

Fendi Fazzuolo Rare Vintage Striped Canvas Mini Tote Bag Handbag
By Fendi
Located in Rome, Rome
Rare vintage Fendi Fazzuolo mini tote bag. Crafted of black vinyl canvas with striped design. Open top. signed hardware. 2 cord handles. Details MATERIAL: Vinyl COLOR: Black MODE...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Rare Ileene Reeves 1970s Handpainted Fairytale Fairies Vintage Handbag 70s Purse
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare mid 1970s ILEENE REEVES hand painted plexiglass novelty handbag! Features fairies, flowers, mushrooms and daisies throughout. Secure front closure. Interior features a mirror on...
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1970s Novelty Bags

A rare hand coloured celluloid and silk velvet 'rose' handbag, France, 1920s.
Located in London, London
A real collector's piece, and conversation point, this highly imaginative and charming handbag design is a rarity, and is wonderful to use and wear. The centre of the 'rose' pulls to...
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1920s Novelty Bags

Rare Gucci Italian Black Lizard Leather Handbag - Shoulder Bag c 1970s
By Gucci
Located in University City, MO
Extremely rare Gucci Italian black lizard leather handbag - shoulder bag c 1970s The chic retro Italian structured handbag is constructed with a glossy black lizard skin leather cov...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

Schitz Paris Rare Black Crocodile Handbag with Gold Hardware 1953.
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Schitz, Paris rare black crocodile frame handbag with gold hardware from 1953. Schitz was a leather goods shop in Paris retailing luggage, handbags, small cases, umbrellas in exotic ...
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1950s Top Handle Bags

Bottega Veneta Rare "Limited Edition" Signature Woven Pylon-Skin Handbag
By Bottega Veneta
Located in New York, NY
Bottega Veneta rare "Limited Edition" signature woven Pylon-skin handbag is accented with a tortoise-shell lucite handle embellished with micro-size multi-facade studs on each...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

VTG HERMES 1930s Genuine Alligator Crocodile Croc Handbag Purse - Rare
By Hermès
Located in Thiensville, WI
Incredibly Rare Vintage 1930s Hermès brown genuine alligator handbag. Two handles. Gold-tone metal hinged frame and hardware. Metal and alligator clasp at top. Interior has two main...
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1930s Top Handle Bags

Rare LOUIS VUITTON 'Alma' Handbag in Black Shiny Alligator Leather
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional piece! (only on order) Louis Vuitton 'Alma' handbag, in exotic black shiny alligator leather. Big iconic bag from Louis Vuitton. The interior is in black grained leather ...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Rare 1960s L Righini Via Condotti Roma Blue & Burgundy Vintage Velveteen Handbag
Located in Portland, OR
This vintage L Righini Via Condotti handbag in blue and red velveteen is perfect for any Fall or Winter wardrobe! The bag was made by L Righini Via Condotti 76 Roma. It is reported ...
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Gucci Italy Rare Embroidered Black Wool Large Handbag - Shoulder Bag c 1990s
By Gucci
Located in University City, MO
Gucci Italy Rare embroidered black wool versatile handbag- shoulder bag c 1990s The large scale Tom Ford era handbag is designed with a rigid black leather handle inscribed Gucci on ...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Judith Leiber Rare 1960s Taupe Patent Leather Suit Case Mini Handbag
By Judith Leiber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber rare 1960s taupe patent leather suit case, mini handbag. Trimmed in gold metal hardware, this small bag impersonates a suit case and was named so by Judith Leiber. Rigi...
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1960s Top Handle Bags

Rare Limited Edition Fendi Brown Alligator and Mink Fur Satchel Handbag
By Fendi
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Rare Limited Edition Fendi Brown Alligator and Fur Satchel Handbag in excellent condition. Brown alligator leather exterior trimmed with brown mink fur and brushed gold hardware. Fro...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Bonnie Cashin for Coach Leather Tote Bag with Kiss Lock Rare 60s Handbag
By Bonnie Cashin
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL
Authentic, preowned, vintage Bonnie Cashin for Coach tan leather tote bag with kiss lock coin purse front, likely made in the 60s. Made from butterscotch tan leather, it's lined in ...
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1960s Tote Bags

CHANEL Black Calf Leather "Country Ride" Bowler Doctor Satchel Handbag Rare
By Chanel
Located in Thiensville, WI
Item Details: Chanel black calf leather "Country Ride Bowler" handbag. Antique finish silver-tone hardware with "CC" signature detail at front. Two handles. Zip top with "CC" signatu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Saks Fifth Avenue Rare Copper Metal Lucite Cylinder Handbag c 1960s
By Saks Fifth Avenue
Located in University City, MO
Saks Fifth Avenue Rare copper metal lucite cylinder handbag c 1960s The unique barrel shaped handbag is adorned with hammered copper metal foliage designs in the style of the early 2...
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1960s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Rare Vintage Pierre Cardin Black ' Speedy ' Handbag Bag Signature Purse Satchel
By Pierre Cardin
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare vintage Pierre Cardin black 'Speedy' satchel! Features the signature Pierre Cardin crest throughout. Classic silhouette that is timeless, yet utterly chic! Features zip top, wit...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

RARE 90-s VINTAGE GIANNI VERSACE METAL OROTON MESH HANDBAG w/ CRYSTALS
By Gianni Versace
Located in Montgomery, TX
90's VINTAGE GIANNI VERSACE HANDBAG Super chic and luxurious Gianni Versace crystal embellished evening handbag. Measures 7 x 5 x 3 inches. Lined with sumptuous silk lining Made...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Rare Hermès Haut-à-Courroies (HAC) handbag in Gold Vache Ardennes leather, GHW
By Hermès
Located in Paris, IDF
Splendid and highly sought after Handbag Top-à-Courroies (HAC) 32 cm in Vache Ardennes leather (one of the most sought-after Hermès leathers) Gold, gold-plated metal hardware, double...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Exceptional Hermès Vintage Clutch Handbag Minaudiere Shiny Crocodile Ghw RARE
By Hermès
Located in ., FR
Rarest Authentic Hermès Clutch Bag Ever Absolutely divine, a jewel Made in France Stamp A in square (1997) Made of Shiny Niloticus Crocodile and Golden Hardware Lined with Lamsk...
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1990s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Gucci Italy Rare Midnight Blue Suede Amber Resin Lucite Handle Handbag c 1970s
By Gucci
Located in University City, MO
Gucci Italy Extremely rare midnight blue doeskin suede amber lucite resin handle handbag c 1970s The luxurious vintage handbag is covered with plush doeskin suede in a very dark shad...
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1970s Top Handle Bags

Rare Beaded Coral Bag
Located in Riverdale, NY
Unusual bag hand beaded of genuine coral beads from the early 20th Century. Extraordinary care has been made to match the color and size of these beads. Deceptively chic and timeless...
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Early 20th Century Edwardian Handbags and Purses

  • Rare Beaded Coral Bag
  • Rare Beaded Coral Bag
  • Rare Beaded Coral Bag
  • Rare Beaded Coral Bag
H 6 in. W 7 in. D 2 in.
Rare Loris Azzaro Black Handbag Vintage Evening Bag W/ Black Sequins & Tassels
By Loris Azzaro
Located in Portland, OR
We have always loved Loris Azzaro and some of our favorite vintage pieces were some of his creations. This is a Loris Azzaro vintage handbag in black that is covered in black sequins...
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1970s Evening Bags and Minaudières

A rare and highly unusual Bakelite topped 'Chinese man' handbag, France, 1920s
Located in London, London
A wonderful and quite unique subject for this handbag! Made from carved and hand painted Bakelite, in France, it has the most unique way of opening - the Chinese man's hat lifts up, ...
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1920s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel Handbag Clutch Rare Exotic Large 2 In 1 Tote & Metallic Bronze Hobo Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare Exotic Python Metallic Bronze Large 2 in 1 Tote & Clutch 2006 {VINTAGE 16 Years} Silver hardware Metallic bronze python Diamond stitch brown crochet Thick chain han...
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Early 2000s Hobo Bags

Rare Louis Vuitton Damier Fur Calf Skin Leather LV Logo Handbag
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Switzerland, CH
Stunning Louis Vuitton Top Handle Bag In the famous Louis Vuitton Damier motif Made of finest calf fur Cube details in front engraved with "LV" Chocolate Brown Leather Trimming Singl...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Chanel Bucket Rare Three Pocket Rare Vintage Rucksack Black Caviar Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Ultra Rare Chanel Bucket Three Pocket Vintage Backpack Rucksack
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Rare 90s Vintage Natural Rattan Raffia Rare Black Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Rare 90s Vintage Natural Rattan Raffia Rare Black Leather Backpack Chanel's black leather and natural rattan backpack is both chic and practical for everyday use and travel! ...
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1990s Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Rare 56" Wardrobe Steamer Trunk
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Water Mill, NY
Rare Louis Vuitton 56&quot; Tall Wardrobe Steamer Trunk with Leather<br /> Handles and Keys
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1950s Contemporary Handbags and Purses

  • Louis Vuitton Rare 56" Wardrobe Steamer Trunk
  • Louis Vuitton Rare 56" Wardrobe Steamer Trunk
  • Louis Vuitton Rare 56" Wardrobe Steamer Trunk
  • Louis Vuitton Rare 56" Wardrobe Steamer Trunk
H 56 in. W 25.5 in. D 21.5 in.
Rare Hermès Kelly 35 retourné handbag with strap in Black Calf leather, GHW
By Hermès
Located in Paris, IDF
Exceptional Hermes Kelly 35 Turned Over Black Box Leather Shoulder Bag, Gold Plated Metal hardware, Black Leather Handle, Black Leather Removable Shoulder Strap Handle for Hand or Sh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Chanel Trapeze bicolor navy blue/red handbag in leather with its wallet
By Chanel
Located in Paris, IDF
CHANEL Trapeze Bicolor navy blue and red quilted leather Shoulder bag Very rare bag. Circa's 1990. Made in France with logo detail lock with its wallet and authenticity card wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Rare Louis Vuitton Suede Ostrich Skin LV Monogram Handbag Bag Purse
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Switzerland, CH
A stunning beige & gold suede and ostrich skin bag by Louis Vuitton This bag was produced in a limited edition and made to order Finest suede leather imprinted with the famous LV mo...
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Early 2000s Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Chanel Rare Vintage Bible CC Limited Edition Minaudière
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage 2004 Book Motif Clutch designed in 2004 raven black/gold-tone suede book motif diamond quilt signature CC patch tassel detail internal logo patch foldover top with a ...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel rare multicoloured shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel rare multicoloured shoulder bag Model 19 Width: 26 cm Height: 17 cm Depth: 9 cm
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Rare ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Queen & King Gold Leather Clutch
By Alexander McQueen
Located in Montgomery, TX
Rare ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Queen & King Leather Clutch Printed leather clutch adorned with Swarovski crystals. Removable chain strap. Magnetic top closure. 6.25"W x 4.75"H x 2"D. Leat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Rare rattan shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel Rare rattan shoulder bag Gold tone hardware Mini flap in excellent condition Measurements: widht 17 cm height 14.5 cm depth 5 cm
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel 1990s Vintage Rare Rucksack Gold Lambskin Leather Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Circa 1991-1994. Vintage Chanel quilted leather backpack features gold tone hardware, dual leather and interwoven chain straps, front patch pocket, front flap with a CC turn lock clo...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Vintage Sport Rare White and Grey Nylon Backpack
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Vintage White Nylon Sport Backpack Rare Unisex 2003 {VINTAGE 19 Years} Adjustable shoulder straps Interlocking CC Rubber Logo 11.8" H x 7.7" W x .6" D Strap: 29.1" Zippered ...
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Early 2000s Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Rare White Monogram Multicolor Pochette Accessoires Wristlet
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Dix hills, NY
Date Code/Serial Number: CA0634 Made In: Spain Measurements: Length: 8.2" Width: 1.5" Height: 4.75" Shoulder Handle Drop: 6" OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION ( 7.5/10 or B+) Signs ...
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20th Century Clutches

Gucci Italy Rare Amber Lucite Brown Suede Clutch c 1970s
By Gucci
Located in University City, MO
Gucci Italy Rare amber lucite brown suede clutch bag c 1970s The unique Gucci clutch is designed with a sleek amber color lucite flap cover on the front exterior. The Italian clutch ...
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1970s Clutches

Koret Roses Frame Carpet Bag Rare 1960s Leather Interior Handbag
By Koret
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Koret roses frame carpet bag, rare 1960s leather interior handbag. From the Koret 1960s rose carpet luggage collection, originally offered in red or black. This luggage was made in I...
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1960s Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Chanel Rare White Crochet Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel brand new in box white crochet single flap with gunmetal hardware. Highly collectible Shoulder drop 8.5". Collection 2004/2005. Minor stains inside, please refer to photos. Co...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Rare White Crochet Flap Bag
  • Chanel Rare White Crochet Flap Bag
  • Chanel Rare White Crochet Flap Bag
  • Chanel Rare White Crochet Flap Bag
H 5 in. W 3 in. L 9.5 in.
Chanel Spring 2007 Limited Edition Charm Rare Black Leather Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Amazing clutch from Chanel 2007 Runway. Has been seen on many celebs including Penelope Cruz and Victoria Beckham. Chanel has come out with several similar pieces this past year how...
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Early 2000s Clutches

RARE Chanel Guitar Case Runway Piece
By Chanel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Rare Chanel white leather guitar case. excellent condition from spring 2009 runway show. cream quilted leather exterior with silver hardware and matching adjustable shoulder strap. f...
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Early 2000s Novelty Bags

Chanel Rare Limited Edition Ice Cube Minaudiere Silver Plexiglass Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel plexiglass minaudière clutch and convertible to a crossbody bag made to look like ice cubes. Features a CC Swarovski clasp closure, lined with silver lamb leather, silver ...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Twisted Chain Knotted Limited Edition Rare Black Lambskin Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Medium Chanel sized soft lambskin leather clutch with magnetic closure and four interior compartments. Year: 2008 Black leather Silver hardware Braided interwoven chain detail Mini ...
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Early 2000s Clutches

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A Rare Handbag For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact vintage or contemporary a rare handbag you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. Many people prefer Black, but fashion is all about individuality — you can find Brown, Beige and more options on these pages. Making the right choice when shopping for an a rare handbag may mean looking at versions that date from different eras — you can find early iterations from the 19th Century and a newer version made as recently as the 21st Century, both of which have proven very popular over the years. Making an accessory such as this has likely been a part of the legacy of many fashion designers, but those produced by Hermès, Chanel and Gucci are consistently popular. When shopping for these accessories, you’ll find that there are less available pieces for men or unisex today than there are for women.

How Much is an A Rare Handbag?

The price for an a rare handbag starts at $147 and tops out at $218,449, and on average, selling for $4,995.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.