Get ready to clutch your pearls — a classic handbag just sold for an amount that's high enough to make any jaw drop.
The highly sought-after Hermès Birkin bag has long been considered an indicator of great wealth, but one particular Birkin, recently auctioned at Christie's to a private collector from Asia, went for a remarkable $300,108. That price tag makes it the most expensive handbag ever sold. A press release from Christie's describes the purse as such:
"The diamond pieces created by Hermes are exceptional, but none are nearly as iconic as the Himalaya. It is believed that only one or two of the Diamond Himalayas are produced each year, globally, making it one of the lowest production runs for handbags."
So, there you have it: It's a bag with diamonds all over it that costs more than many American homes. Here are just a few other things you could buy with that kind o' dough:
1. College tuition for three people
According to the , the average college tuition for a four-year school is approximately $23,000, so three people's entire college careers could add up to about $276,000, leaving lots of money to spend on literally dozens of nice, reasonably-priced bags.
2. 13 Ford Fusions
The 2017 model of the costs around $22,000. For the cost of this single bag, the inside of which will probably get dirtier than the outside of any car (if , at least), you can buy 13 Ford Fusions. Or, if you're a selfless person, you could buy one for yourself and 12 for folks who may need a car and can't afford one.
3. 10 weddings
According to The Knot, the now costs around $32,000, meaning you could pay for 10 couple's weddings — or get married 10 times, if walking down the aisle is a hobby of yours.
4. 500 annual Disneyland passes.
The Disney Deluxe Passport costs $600, so if you decided to skip the Birkin and opt for year-round fun at your favorite theme park, you can do so for 500 years! Or just, you know, for the rest of your life. Either way.
5. 20,000 manicures.
Let's say your typical, no-frills manicure costs $15, including tip. If you decided to drop $300,000 entirely on your nails, you could get a manicure for you and 19,999 of your closest friends. Imagine how popular (and polished) you would be!
Long story short, you could have a whole lot of comfort (and entertainment) for the price of one bag. Now, does anyone want to give us $300K to try out these theories?