This Hermès Birkin Bag became the most expensive handbag in the world when it sold for $221,846 at Hong Kong Christie's auction.
You could buy this, or you could buy 10 brand new Kia Sorentos. Your call. (via Twitter)
I did not know what a Birkin Bag was before today. Unfortunately, now I know it's a fancy designer purse that people go bonkers over even though it is pretty boring. I get it. It's made out of expensive materials and is collectible and is worn by famous people. But, I dunno, the picture above just looks like a giant Barbie purse. It looks like the handbag equivalent of a loud teenage girl at the mall in the suburbs in the late '90s. What it really looks like is a shiny pink reminder of the distribution of the wealth in the world.
Christie's had a very different explanation of this piece of 'art,' describing it as, "AN EXCEPTIONAL SHINY FUCHSIA POROSUS CROCODILE DIAMOND BIRKIN 35 WITH 18K WHITE GOLD & DIAMOND HARDWARE." If only this crocodile's family could see what is has become. Also, people over at Christie's love to use caps lock.
The buyer is unknown, but let's all pretend it's someone from the future who is going use the bag as a magical vessel to stop war, end hunger, and eliminate manspreading. But, let's be honest, it's probably just for some billionaire's toddler to use to fill with toys for their pet Siberian tiger.