The Himalayan Birkin, named for its evocation of the famous snow-capped mountain range that crowns the world, itself crowns the range of Birkin bags in Hermes' oeuvre. Nothing tops the delicate fade from white to gray, a difficult effect to master on the matte Nilo Crocodile skin. Each Himalaya bag is unique in it's coloration, some more balanced than others. This 30cm Birkin is very well balanced, with straight and even grays around the edges, and a fine lace that runs through the cracks just enough towards the center; extremely rewarding on close inspection. This Himalayan is also exceptional in the symmetry of color on its handles and sangles. Dating from 2011, it is in exceptional condition; these bags are treasured, and though the nature of their coloration and matte finish lends itself to use without fear of
noticeable damage, this example appears to have gone almost entirely untouched. Though the Himalayan retails for more than a regular crocodile Birkin, their value has proven far more solid, with auction results for these coveted gems consistently climbing to new unthinkable heights year after year.
An Investment Bag opportunity
Niloticus crocodile skin is created by polishing the spots with agate for a "Lisse Finish" to the leather of crocodile originating from Africa. Niloticus means Nile River.
Color: Matte Himayala (Himalayan)
Material: Niloticus Crocodile
Measurements: (W) 30 × (H) 22 × (D) 16cm
Accompanied by the original Hermes
Padlock, Key, Raincover, Box, Cotton bag
Where used in this sale the term "hardware" refers to the metallic parts of the bag, such as the buckle hardware, base studs, lock and keys and/or strap, which are plated with a coloured finish (e.g. gold, silver, palladium). The terms "Gold Hardware", "Silver Hardware", "Palladium Hardware" etc. refer to the tone or colour of the hardware and not the actual material used. If the bag incorporates solid metal hardware this will be referenced in the lot description.
Store Fresh - No indication of wear, all plastic on hardware, never worn, essentially as new.
Pristine - Little to no indication of handling, usually with all plastic on hardware and most likely never worn.
Excellent - Very minor evidence of handling.
Very Good - Evidence of wear and handling, with no major flaws.
Good - Moderate wear and is fully functional.
Fair - Moderate wear and has condition issues that may or may not be repairable.