Jane Birkin and Charlotte Gainsbourg auction off their handbags for a good cause
Telegraph.co.uk | 2014. 09.10
For the fourth time, the British woman who inspired the iconic Hermès Birkin bag is auctioning off her very own defaced accessory to benefit a charity. Jane Birkin's Birkin is being sold on , along with her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg's with all proceeds going to
Although the covetable bag's starting price has been set at £10,000, the item is expected to sell for at least £30,000 - if not more. In 2011, the Sixties icon donated her original Birkin bag to benefit earthquake relief efforts in Japan, and it fetched £100,100 on . It was rumoured to have been bought by Victoria Beckham, who supposedly added that to her list of 100 versions of the bag sat in her bursting collection.
Even caught standing on her Birkin on Japanese TV, the down-to-earth actress led many other celebrities to make their own mark on the famous designer tote. Read how Kim Kardashian, Rita Ora and Lady Gaga got creative with their expensive accessories.
It is rumoured that this is the last of Birkin's Birkin collection, after she explained that she has only owned four of her namesake totes since the first was created for her back in 1984. The bag came about after Hermès boss, Jean-Louis Dumas met Birkin on a flight where she complained about her straw handbag. It is arguably the most famous namesake bag out there, as designers continue to cash in on the trend, most recently with Cara Delevingne's Mulberry backpack.