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Chanel Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Leather Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Rare Vintage Black Lizard Exotic Gold Evening Camera Shoulder Bag Lizard Gold tone hardware Leather lining Zipper closure Made in Italy Date code present 1317318 Shoulde...
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Late 20th Century Shoulder Bags

CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019
By Chanel
Located in Huddersfield, GB
Authentic CHANEL CC Chic Flap Bag Black and Gold Lambskin with Brushed Gold Hardware 2019. This stunning bag is in mint condition, the bag still holds its original shape, and the ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

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

Chanel Silver and Gold Wallet
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel silver and gold metallic tone quilted leather wallet featuring a front silver tone logo, inside compartments, an inside logo stamp, with authenticity card, delivered in origi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wallets

  • Chanel Silver and Gold Wallet
  • Chanel Silver and Gold Wallet
  • Chanel Silver and Gold Wallet
  • Chanel Silver and Gold Wallet
H 4.73 in. W 1.19 in. L 7.09 in.
Chanel Gold Coated Canvas & Nylon Biarritz GM Tote No. 11 Handbag Purse
By Chanel
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Chanel Handles: Coated Canvas and Nylon Shoulder Straps; Drop: 7.5" Measurements: 18" x 6" x 12" Materials: Gold Coated Canvas, Nylon, Silver Hardware Interior: White Text...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Limited Edition Votez Coco Gold Clutch
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel limited edition Votez Coco cracked gold leather clutch, zipped with credit card compartments. Brand new in box with hologram, ID card, booklet, velvet dust cover, and box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel gold tone leather shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel gold tone leather shoulder bag Measurements Width: 15 cm Height: 10 cm Depth: 5 cm
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Limited Edition Votez Coco Gold Clutch
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel limited edition Votez Coco cracked gold leather clutch, zipped with credit card compartments. Brand new in box with hologram, ID card, booklet, velvet dust cover, and box.
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Vintage Chanel gold leather shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel gold leather shoulder bag Chanel vintage gold lambskin mini flap, slight signs of time Measurements: Width: 14 cm Height: 10 cm Depth: 3 cm
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Quilted Evening Clutch w/ Tassel- Circa 89
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Gold Quilted Evening Clutch w/ Tassel- Circa 89. This beautiful vintage Chanel evening clutch is in great condition. It shows barely any sign of use except slight tarnishing o...
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1980s Clutches

Chanel Silver and Gold Keyboard Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Silver and Gold Keyboard Clutch is an exquisite piece in very good condition. It has been enjoyed in a previous life and has some light scratches that can only...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

  • Chanel Silver and Gold Keyboard Clutch
  • Chanel Silver and Gold Keyboard Clutch
  • Chanel Silver and Gold Keyboard Clutch
  • Chanel Silver and Gold Keyboard Clutch
H 7.2 in. W 7.5 in. D 2.25 in.
Chanel Metallic Gold Distressed Leather Ladies First Frame Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
This stunning Ladies First clutch is a timeless piece. Complete a luxurious look with this distressed leather Chanel frame clutch that is perfect for any party or formal event. It fe...
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2010s Clutches

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 JE NE SUIS PAS EN SOLDE Gold Folio Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Gold Foil Je Ne Suis Pas En Solde Folio Clutch- pristine condition From the Spring Summer 2015 collection, this spirited piece literally says, “I’m not on sale." Large gold me...
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2010s Clutches

CHANEL Gold Perforated Leather Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
This large CHANEL second hand bag is gold grade. It is laser perforated leather. It's a limited edition. It is lined in smooth golden leather and gold satin. It has two large pockets...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL Gold Perforated Leather Bag
  • CHANEL Gold Perforated Leather Bag
  • CHANEL Gold Perforated Leather Bag
  • CHANEL Gold Perforated Leather Bag
H 14.97 in. D 5.91 in. L 17.72 in.
New Chanel Oversized Limited Edition Gold Clutch
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel limited edition "Je ne suis pas en solde" cracked gold leather oversized clutch. back open pocket, interior zipped pocket and cell phone pocket. Brand new with hologram, ID c...
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2010s Clutches

Chanel Woman Shoulder bag Gold Leather
By Chanel
Located in Milan, IT
From 2005-2006 collection Bag, leather, solid color, front logo, quilted, adjustable shoulder strap, with flap, silver-tone hardware, internal zipped pocket, branded lining, day bag...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Vintage Chanel Backpack Caviar Leather with gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel Backpack Caviar Leather with gold-colored hardware. The material of the backpack is black patent leather. The backpack opens with the interlocking CC lock and a drawstring. Th...
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1980s Backpacks

Chanel Black Gold Chain Boy Bag
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Chanel Le Boy Bag This stunning black and gold leather Le Boy bag is adorned with three gold tone chains and a gold tone Le Boy clasp. Made of soft lambkin with detailed stitching...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Black Gold Chain Boy Bag
  • Chanel Black Gold Chain Boy Bag
  • Chanel Black Gold Chain Boy Bag
  • Chanel Black Gold Chain Boy Bag
H 5.91 in. D 2.76 in. L 9.06 in.
New RARE Chanel Gold 19 Bag
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel sold out worldwide "19" bag in gold quilted lambskin . Combination of satin gold hardware and ruthenium. Brand new in unused condition. Collection 30. Handle drop 3.5". Should...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • New RARE Chanel Gold 19 Bag
  • New RARE Chanel Gold 19 Bag
  • New RARE Chanel Gold 19 Bag
  • New RARE Chanel Gold 19 Bag
H 6.5 in. W 3.5 in. L 10 in.
1980's Rare Chanel Gold Leather Evening Bag Crossbody
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel rare mini gold frame 80s evening bag. Shoulder drop 21". Comes with hologram, id card and original box.
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1980s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Limited Edition Lamé Bag
By Chanel
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Fantastic and iconic Chanel bag Year 2006/2008 Limited edition Lamé Golden color Golden hardware With card and serial number inside Cm 23 x 14 x 6 (9 x 5.5 x 2.36 inches) With dustb...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Gold Limited Edition Lamé Bag
  • Chanel Gold Limited Edition Lamé Bag
  • Chanel Gold Limited Edition Lamé Bag
  • Chanel Gold Limited Edition Lamé Bag
H 5.52 in. D 2.37 in. L 9.06 in.
Chanel Minaudière Evening Mini Vintage 1997 Metallic Rare Cc Charm Gold Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Mini Vintage 1997 Metallic Gold Rare Evening CC Charm Clutch Gold hardware Metallic gold-tone lambskin leather vintage Single wristlet strap at side Three pockets at exterio...
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Gold Metallic Leather Feministe Small Folio Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Gold Foil Feministe Mais Feminine Folio Clutch- pristine condition From the Spring Summer 2015 collection, this spirited piece says, “I’m a feminist, but feminine.” Extra larg...
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2010s Clutches

Long CHANEL Pouch in Matte Copper Gold Python
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Long Chanel pouch in matte copper gold python. The interior is in burgundy satin duchesse with 3 gussets including one zipped. Gilded brass hardware. Zipper with hammered medallion a...
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2010s Clutches

  • Long CHANEL Pouch in Matte Copper Gold Python
  • Long CHANEL Pouch in Matte Copper Gold Python
  • Long CHANEL Pouch in Matte Copper Gold Python
  • Long CHANEL Pouch in Matte Copper Gold Python
H 5.52 in. D 0.99 in. L 11.82 in.
Chanel Gold And Black Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
This large CHANEL tote is made of iridescent golden leather. The lining is beige canvas with a zipped pocket. It is worn on the shoulder with two straps made of chain and leather. On...
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Early 2000s Tote Bags

  • Chanel Gold And Black Tote Bag
  • Chanel Gold And Black Tote Bag
  • Chanel Gold And Black Tote Bag
  • Chanel Gold And Black Tote Bag
H 16.54 in. D 7.88 in. L 19.69 in.
Chanel Black Crystal Gold 2 in 1 Evening Clutch Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Number No. 5 Five Black Crystal Gold 2 in 1 Evening Clutch Shoulder Bag Plexiglass Crystal Gold tone hardware Leather lining Push clasp closure Shoulder strap drop 23.5" M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Black Crystal Gold 2 in 1 Evening Clutch Shoulder Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Number No. 5 Five Black Crystal Gold 2 in 1 Evening Clutch Shoulder Bag Plexiglass Crystal Gold tone hardware Leather lining Push clasp closure Shoulder strap drop 23.5" M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Gold Lambskin & Beige Patent Leather Double Circle Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
CHANEL Gold Lambskin & Beige Patent Leather Double Circle Clutch Xupes Reference: HBJJLG028 Serial Number: 11321198 Age (Circa): 2007 Accompanied By: Chanel Dust Bag, Authenticity C...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Cat Emoji Printed Gold Nylon Tote
By Chanel
Located in Kiev, UA
Chanel Nylon Cat Emoticon Tote from the 16K Collection. Crafted in Navy Gold nylon quilted fabric. This bag features cat and emoji artwork and metallic gold leather top handles. L...
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2010s Tote Bags

1990's Vintage Chanel Shoulder Bag Black Gold
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
This shoulder bag from Chanel comes in the classic color black with a golden chain. The shoulder drop is 12 inches and the leather is super soft. According to the hologram number the...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Metallic Gold Crackled Leather Medium Clam's Pocket Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Make everyone nod in approval when you step out swaying this Chanel bag. It has been crafted from metallic gold crackled leather in the signature quilt and held by a chain-link shoul...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Silk Evening Bag Jewel Clasp
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel gold silk evening bag with jewel clasp. Shoulder drop 9". Collection 2008/2009. Comes with hologram and original dust cover.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Beige 10" Double Flap Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel quilted double flap classic medium bag in beige leather and gold tone hardware. Shoulder drop, 9"L to 17"L. Comes with hologram and dust cover. Minor wear.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Maxi Classic Flap Bag - Gold Patent Leather Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in London, GB
Exquisite Chanel Classic Maxi single flap bag in gold patent leather with gold hardware. This bag is preloved and shows signs of wear on the corners and interior but is in very good...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

CHANEL 'Cocoon' Bag in Gold Quilted Leather
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel 'Cocoon' bag in gold quilted leather. It is fully lined in burgundy leather with a zipped pocket and a keychain. Included : Hologram: 1333 ...(2010), no authenticity card. M...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

  • CHANEL 'Cocoon' Bag in Gold Quilted Leather
  • CHANEL 'Cocoon' Bag in Gold Quilted Leather
  • CHANEL 'Cocoon' Bag in Gold Quilted Leather
  • CHANEL 'Cocoon' Bag in Gold Quilted Leather
H 10.24 in. D 6.7 in. L 16.54 in.
Chanel Gold Metallic Lambskin Quilted Mini Flap Handbag
By Chanel
Located in Sheung Wan, HK
- Chanel gold metallic lambskin leather quilted mini flap handbag from 1996 to 1997 collection. - Long: 17cm I Height(with strap): 19cm I Width: 6cm. - Include: Dust bag, Authent...
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1990s Top Handle Bags

Chanel Gold CC Dripping Chains Box Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Gold CC Dripping Chains Box Clutch is in pristine condition. Strikingly beautiful, this evening bag defines any ensemble. Muted gold box clutch is adorned with...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

  • Chanel Gold CC Dripping Chains Box Clutch
  • Chanel Gold CC Dripping Chains Box Clutch
  • Chanel Gold CC Dripping Chains Box Clutch
  • Chanel Gold CC Dripping Chains Box Clutch
H 2.5 in. W 4.75 in. D 1.5 in.
Chanel black leather gold hardware clutch - shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel black leather gold hardware clutch - shoulder bag Limited edition clutch by Chanel embellished with gold tone harware and a shoulder strap inside so to be worn as a shoulder b...
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1990s Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Metal Transparent See-Through Carryall Travel Shoulder Tote Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Fantasy Gold Metal Beaded See Through Carryall Travel Shoulder Tote Bag Bead Metal Gold tone hardware Shoulder strap drop 15.5" Measures 16.5" W x 12.5" H x 4.5" D 100% auth...
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Late 20th Century Tote Bags

Chanel Rose Gold Leather Card Holder
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Rose Gold Leather Card Holder is in pristine condition. Slim leather wallet holds cards and ID with style. Measurements: 4” x 3” PBF
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2010s Wallets

Chanel beige gold sequins 2.55 shoulder bag
By Chanel
Located in Capri, IT
Chanel beige gold sequins 2.55 shoulder bag The bag is in really good conditions, shows light marks only on the flap, when it opens
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Rose Gold Leather Pouch
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Rose Gold Leather Cosmetic Pouch is in pristine condition. Neutral rose gold leather with zippered closure. Gold monogram fabric interior. Made in Italy. M...
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2010s Cosmetic Bags

  • Chanel Rose Gold Leather Pouch
  • Chanel Rose Gold Leather Pouch
  • Chanel Rose Gold Leather Pouch
  • Chanel Rose Gold Leather Pouch
H 4 in. W 7 in. D 2.5 in.
Chanel Gold Patent Leather Bowling Bag
By Chanel
Located in Antwerp, BE
Very good condition Chanel Gold Patent Leather Bowling Bag This versatile bag is crafted from gold patent leather and features an all-round chain trim. The gold hardware contrast b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

  • Chanel Gold Patent Leather Bowling Bag
  • Chanel Gold Patent Leather Bowling Bag
  • Chanel Gold Patent Leather Bowling Bag
  • Chanel Gold Patent Leather Bowling Bag
H 8.67 in. W 16.93 in. D 7.88 in.
Chanel Tote bag in brown lambskin, gold hardware !
By Chanel
Located in Paris, Paris
CHANEL bag in brown lambskin leather, partially quilted. Double chain handle in golden metal interlaced with brown leather. Charms with a logo. Interior in burgundy lamb leather. Sig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Chanel Biarritz Bag in Gold Beige Quilted Fabric
By Chanel
Located in Paris, FR
Chanel 'Biarritz' bag in gold beige quilted fabric. Silver metal hardware. Zipper. The interior is in white canvas slightly discolored, with zipped pocket and 2 slits. Made in Italy...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

  • Chanel Biarritz Bag in Gold Beige Quilted Fabric
  • Chanel Biarritz Bag in Gold Beige Quilted Fabric
  • Chanel Biarritz Bag in Gold Beige Quilted Fabric
  • Chanel Biarritz Bag in Gold Beige Quilted Fabric
H 10.63 in. D 4.14 in. L 9.85 in.
Chanel Gold Sequin Runway Vintage Evening Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Chanel Gold Sequin Vintage Evening Bag- Excellent Condition Rare and collectible, this Chanel Gold Sequin Evening Bag is stunning early vintage runway piece. Petite domed structure...
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1980s Evening Bags and Minaudières

Chanel NEW Gold Leather Gold Silver Gunmetal Charms Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Silver-tone hardware Grosgrain lining Turn-lock closure Shoulder strap drop 18" Measures 12" W x 7" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWF...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Laser Etched Multi CC Limited Edition Metallic Silver Bronze Gold Clutch
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Chanel Laser Etched Multi Metallic Clutch Rare Limited Edition 2008 {VINTAGE 13 Years} Silver hardware Metallic laser etched calfskin leather Two main compartments Satin silver inte...
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Early 2000s Clutches

Chanel Minaudière Ultra Rare 1990 Beaded Gold Transparent Circle Micro Mini Bag
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Very rare vintage Chanel handbag is a collector's item. The bag's metal case is decorated with beads, a small CC logo, and snake wire handles.
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1990s Clutches

Chanel Jumbo Flap Quilted Wool Leather Backpack Large VIntage CC Gold Logo
By Chanel
Located in Miami, FL
Quilted Chanel jumbo wool leather backpack with large CC hardware 1995 {VINTAGE 26 Years} Gold hardware Patent leather strap with interwoven chain detail Interlocking CC closure Int...
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1990s Backpacks

Chanel Black Tan Piping Leather Gold Small Mini Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Leather Gold tone hardware Zipper closure Woven lining Handle drop 6" Measures 9" W x 7.5" H x 3.5" D 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the premier luxury fashion dea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

CHANEL Executive tote Womens tote bag black x gold hardware
By Chanel
Located in Takamatsu-shi, JP
An authentic CHANEL Executive tote Womens tote bag black x gold hardware. The color is black x gold hardware. The outside material is caviar skin. The pattern is Executive tote. This...
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2010s Tote Bags

Chanel Black and Gold Wicker Basket Bag
By Chanel
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Chanel Black and Gold Wicker Basket Bag is in excellent condition. Highly collectible and sought after, this is a rare piece for any collection. Black wicker sturdy...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Chanel Tweed Silver Gold Medium Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Tweed Gold and Silver tone hardware Woven lining Made in France Measures 10" W x 6.25" H x 2.5" D Includes authenticity card 100% authenticity guaranteed NEWFOUND LUXURY is the pre...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Gold Woven Raffia Medium Classic Double Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
We are in utter awe of this flap bag from Chanel as it is appealing in a surreal way. Exquisitely crafted from woven raffia and exhibiting floral details on the front, it bears their...
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2010s Shoulder Bags

Chanel 9" Black Classic Double Flap Bag with Gold Hardware
By Chanel
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Chanel black classic double-flap lambskin 2.55 bag. Can be worn two ways: Shoulder drop, 17.5"L or 9.5"L. Comes with hologram and dust bag. Minor scuffs on leather and hardware.
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Clear Gold Leather Trim Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Clear Gold Leather Trim Evening Shoulder Flap Bag PVC Leather Gold tone hardware Date code present Made in France Shoulder strap dro 15" Measures 11" W x 7" H x 3" D Inclu...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Chanel Black Leather Large Gold CC Charm Envelope Evening Clutch Flap Bag
By Chanel
Located in Chicago, IL
Chanel Black Leather Large Gold CC Charm Envelope Evening Clutch Flap Bag Leather Gold tone hardware Turnlock closure Leather lining Date code present Made in Italy Measures 9.5" W ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Clutches

Chanel Clutch Moscow Lion Gold and Metallic Leather
By Chanel
Located in Torre Del Greco, IT
This bag is done in gold tone hardware and metallic gold leather, featuring a kisslock closure. The interior is done in black satin. Condition: Very Good to Excellent comes with dust...
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Early 2000s Evening Bags and Minaudières

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Gold Chanel Purses For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a broad range of gold chanel purses for sale on 1stDibs. Our collection of gold chanel purses includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Brown, Beige and protectString (more). If you’re looking for accessories from a specific time period, our collection is diverse and broad-ranging, and you’ll find some that date back to the 20th Century while other versions may have been produced as recently as the 21st Century. There aren’t many items for unisex if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for men and women.

How Much are Gold Chanel Purses?

On average, gold chanel purses on 1stDibs sell for $5,000, while they’re typically $564 on the low end and $28,740 for the highest priced versions of these items.

chanel Biography and Important Works

The first Chanel shop was opened in 1910 in Paris on rue Cambon by the young milliner Gabrielle Chanel (1883–1971), who had picked up the nickname “Coco” while working as a club singer. The boutique drew the attention of the Parisian fashion elite who popularized her wide-brimmed Chanel Modes hats. Soon she added a sportswear store in the Normandy resort town of Deauville, where Coco set the tone for her defining sense of style — traditionally masculine garments reimagined for feminine shapes, made from simple jersey fabric.

Effortless and elegant, her designs promoted comfort and grace in women’s wear that had been dominated in the previous century by complicated layers of fabric and cumbersome corsets. She followed this success with a couture house, opened in 1915 in Biarritz. Over the next six decades, Coco Chanel would become a pivotal designer of both fashionable casual wear and Paris haute couture as well as an icon and arbiter of 20th-century style with her bob haircut and pearls.

However, Chanel was not born into a life of glamour. Following the death of her mother, her father left her in an orphanage where she lived until the age of 18. It was there that she learned to sew as well as appreciate the classic pairing of black and white as worn by the nuns. In 1926, she introduced her first little black dress, reclaiming a color that had once been reserved for mourning and working-class women. That same decade, she debuted her perfume, Chanel No. 5, as well as the Chanel suit with a fitted skirt, inspired by the boxy lines of men’s clothing and employing a sporty tweed. 

Chanel closed her fashion operations during World War II, then returned to the industry in 1954 to design for the functional needs of modern women. Structure and wearability endured in all of Chanel’s clothing and accessories, like the quilted leather 2.55 handbag introduced in 1955 with its gold-chain shoulder strap that freed up a woman’s hands. Chanel's collarless jacket reacted against the constricting styles of Christian Dior's New Look, replacing them with a design that was timeless, an instant classic. The 1957 two-tone slingback pumps had a practical heel height while offering a bold statement in the black tip of the shoes.

After Coco Chanel died in 1971, the brand underwent several changes in leadership, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, who took over as artistic director in 1983. Over the years, the company has continued to innovate, such as expanding into ready-to-wear fashion in 1978 and, in 2002, establishing a subsidiary company — Paraffection — dedicated to preserving the heritage skills of fashion artisan workshops. The House of Chanel still operates its flagship on rue Cambon in Paris, where it all began.

Browse vintage Chanel evening dresses, jackets and more on 1stDibs.

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.