Hermès Travel Bags to be Sold at Artcurial Auction in Monaco

By Paul Joseph

The Hôtel Hermitage in Monaco will be the scene of a high-profile auction this week that will see the sale of two prestigious Hermès travel bags.

Hosted by leading French auction house Artcurial, the auction this Friday will include the two noteworthy travel bags which once belonged to English actress Jane Birkin and her former partner Serge Gainsbourg.

Dating from the 1970, the bags both come in black grained leather, golden brass metal trim. The Haut à Courroie 50 bag will go under the hammer with an estimate of €2000-€4000) and the American garment bag has an estimate of €1500–€2500.

The bags will form part of the annual Hermès Summer Collection sale, with proceeds from the sale of the two Hermès pieces going to independent humantiarian movement Doctors of the World.

Founded in 2002 in Paris, Artcurial has quickly become the leading French auction house with a global presence, thanks to its a passion for exceptional works of art and collectors’ items,

Artcurial’s expertise spans more than 25 areas including fine arts, antiques, design, fashion, watches, jewellery, fine wines, books and collectors’ cars.

Operating across ten strategic locations, Artcurial has continually innovated over the last 15 years, pioneering new specialities and turning the house into an international success story in today’s global auction market.

Founded in Paris in 1837, Hermes has grown to become one of the world’s most famous luxury labels.

 You can watch a short video of actress Jane Birkin explaining (in French) the story behind the bags above.

By Paul Joseph