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INVESTING: Rare Handbag Index

Investment grade handbags have grown in value by 7.8% a year on average since 2004, reveals the JustCollecting Handbag Index, updated in February 2016.

1990s Cognac Leather Birkin 40cm


Best performing handbags 2004-2016

  1. CHANEL 2.55 Medium Classic Flap Bag: up 10.6% per annum to $5,000
  2. Hermes 1990s Cognac Leather 40cm Birkin: up 10.3% pa to $13,000
  3. Emilio Pucci 1970s Black Leather & Velvet Pucci handbag: up 8.8% pa to $550
  4. Christian Dior Lady Dior Cannage: up 8.5% pa to $4,000
  5. Coach 1960s Leather Sling Bag: up 7.9% pa to $250

“The designer handbag sector screams ‘investment potential’

Best performing handbags 2014-2016

  1. Hermes 1990s Cognac Leather 40cm Birkin: up 30.0% to $13,000
  2. Coach 1960s Leather Sling Bag: up 25.0% to $250
  3. Christian Dior Lady Dior Cannage: up 14.3% to $4,000
  4. Chanel 2.55 Medium Classic Flap Bag: up 11.1% to $5,000
  5. Hermes Kelly 32cm Sellier Box Calf: up 10% to $5,500
  6. Louis Vuitton Classic 25 Monogram Speedy: up 10% to $550

“The designer handbag sector screams ‘investment potential’,” says JustCollecting‘s Dan Wade. “Top fashion houses produce only a limited number of bags each year, which means demand far outweighs supply – causing prices to rise. It’s no surprise to see Chanel, Hermes and Christian Dior among the leading names. Hermes’ Birkin and Kelly bags are arguably the two most famous handbags ever created. At growth of 10.6% per annum, Chanel’s ‘2.55’ Medium Classic Flap Bag was the best performer since 2004. That’s due to a surge in appreciation for the bag’s timeless style, which – as its name alludes to – was first produced in February, 1955. If you’re looking to invest in a 2.55, avoid the 2005 reissue, which has value, but not as much as the original classic.”

CHANEL flap bag
CHANEL 2.55 Medium Classic Flap

Most valuable handbags in the JustCollecting Handbag Index

  1. Hermes 1990s Cognac Leather 40cm Birkin: $13,000
  2. Hermes Kelly 32cm Sellier Box Calf: $5,500
  3. Chanel 2.55 Medium Classic Flap: $5,000
  4. Christian Dior Lady Dior Cannage: $4,000
  5. Chanel Red Caviar Leather Vintage Weekender: $2,000


This Rare Handbag Index tracks the value of investment-grade regularly traded handbags, using analysis of auctions and private sales, in addition to expert opinion. The values shown are reflective of “very good” condition examples – unless otherwise stated.

MakeModel($) 2004($) 2014($) 2016% Change in price 2004-2016% Change in price 2014-2016
BalenciagaLeather Classic City7001,3001,30085.7%0%
Chanel2.55 Medium Classic Flap1,5004,5005,000233.3%11.1%
ChanelRed Caviar Leather Vintage Weekender1,5002,0002,00033.3%0%
Christian DiorLady Dior Cannage1,5003,5004,000166.7%14.3%
Coach1960s Leather Sling Bag100200250150%25%
Emilio Pucci1970s Black Leather and Velvet Pucci200550550175%0%
Fendi1990s Khaki Lizard and Beaver Fur4001,0001,000150%0%
GucciBrown Crocodile Skin Crocodylus Porosus, 19606006006000%0%
Halston1970s/1980s Taupe Ostrich Leather Clutch50757550%0%
Hermes1990s Cognac Leather Birkin 40cm4,00010,00013,000225%30%
HermesKelly 32cm Sellier Box Calf2,5005,0005,500120%10%
Judith LeiberMulti Mauve Snakeskin, circa late 20th century30050050066.7%0%
Louis VuittonClassic 25 Monogram Speedy250500550120%10%
Lucille of ParisVintage Alligator circa 1960400950950137.5%0%
Nicholas ReichAlligator 1960s35040040014.3%0%
PradaBrown Snakeskin Vintage Shoulder Bag30045045050%0%
Renaud PellegrinoColorblock Leather Vintage Clutch Bag with Large Studs30505066.7%0%
Roberta di CamerinoBrown Velour and Leather Vintage Shoulder Bag15020020033.3%0%
WilardyPearlescent Lucite Circular circa 1960200450450125%0%

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