The Kind of Handbags You Can Buy With a Cool $40,000 or More

When we wrote recently about the cost of Hermès Birkin bags, we noticed a huge amount of interest. Many of us are astounded at just how pricey these beautifully crafted pieces can be, but if money was no object, then an expensive arm-candy investment—and they are very often a real investment, accruing value over time—is not a bad way to spend, oh, the same amount as a deposit for a house.

Quality craftsmanship, the manpower and hours put into production; the divine fabrics, leathers, fastenings and details sourced from across the globe; a history, celebrity association or fashion folklore; notable collaborations and rare runs of styles can all contribute toward a designer bag being worth more than any non-believer would ever be able to imagine. 

From the $65,000 Chanel minaudière to a $114,000 tote with cognanc diamonds on the clasp, here are the most extravagant and expensive designer bags on planet fashion.