The bag was sold for $225 000 to an anonymous phone bidder, beating the $218 000 record set back in 2011 which was paid for a gold and diamond Birkin that had once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor.

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The Birkin Bag was named after the famous actress Jane Birkin who, as luck would have it, ended up next to the CEO of Hermès on a plane in 1981. When she happened to spill the contents of her bag she and the CEO started to talk, which ended with her sketching her dream bag for him. Three years later the Birkin bag was launched.

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