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A rare “five-legged” Hermès fetches $125,000 at Dallas auction

Owning an Hermès is one thing. But owning a rare piece such as the 5-legged Geranium Porosus is a much bigger feat.

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A one-of-a-kind Hermès handbag, crafted from crocodile and Togo leather, recently sold for $125,000 at a Dallas auction. The bright red and black handbag, called the “Geranium Porosus” — a version of the legendary Kelly — is part of the Petit H collection which began as a traveling exhibition at various Hermès stores, starting in Paris in Nov. 2010.

The Hermès Geranium Porosus was designed by French artist Christian Astuguevieille and it originally retailed for about $60,000.  The extravagant handbag was only expected to fetch $50,000 at the Holiday Luxury Signature Auction of Heritage Auctions.

Heritage Auctions described the bespoke piece as “probably the most collectible Kelly ever to come out of Hermès.” The 12.5 inch bag was purchased by an anonymous buyer and it is currently one of the most expensive handbags ever sold. The “H Porosus”, a red crocodile Birkin with 18 karat white gold and pavé diamond hardware, is the most expensive Hermès handbag sold. It went as high as $203,150 at the 2011 Heritage Auction in Dallas.

And while these two Hermès Porosus handbags fetched sky-high prices, the Guinness Book of World Records for most expensive handbag in the world is still with the “1001 Nights”  heart-shaped purse from Mouawad. The purse was handcrafted with 18-karat gold and has 4,517 diamonds. Its value? Not much, just $3.8 million.




“H Porosus” and “1001 Nights”

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