The bag was sold for £146 000 to an anonymous bidder via telephone. The pink bag beat the £142 000 record which was set in 2011 by a gold and diamond Birkin that belonged to the late Elizabeth Taylor.

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The Birkin Bag was named after the 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 drop 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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