A season to make a grand entrance

Most women love and own many bags and toys, but there are those who are willing to pay a fortune for them, writes Somaya Stockenstroom

Luke Calitz, owner of Luxity, South Africa’s largest source of pre-owned, authenticated luxury, says fashion houses like Louis Vuitton and Gucci are popular and can even reach up to six-figure retail prices.

However, the most expensive available handbag in South Africa at the moment is a pre-owned Hermès Birkin bag valued at R190 000 at their store.

Image: Hermès Birkin bag

He says the Hermès Birkin has usually reached the top of the list since its creation in 1984.

“Customers in South Africa are very lucky as they are the only ones on the continent, with one or two exceptions, who have direct access to brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada,” says Calitz.

Other expensive bags, according to Luxity, are the Louis Vuitton Ostrich Leather Alma PM, which costs R135 000 at Louis Vuitton boutiques, Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Artycapucines PM by Nicholas Hlobo at R132 000, the Gucci Limited Edition Elton John Dionysus Shoulder Bag (R89 000 at Gucci boutiques), and the Louis Vuitton Quilted Lambskin Capucines PM (R82 000).

Speed at a cost

In the market for a new whip and really wanna show off – buy Bugatti’s new super car.

The 2017 Bugatti Chiron sits at a price tag of $2.5-million (R36-million).

The South African news website reports that 100 orders for the car have already been placed.

Locally, though, billionaires arestill spoilt for choice, with the Bentley Mulsanne Speed selling at R7 950 000, a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster at R7 545 000 and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta at R5 979 000.

If you are not quite a billionaire but still earn a fat salary, then consider the Mercedes AMG S65 Coupe at R3 087 000, Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet at R3 072 000, Audi R8 5.2 V10 Plus Quattro for R2 548 00 or the BMW M5 Pure Metal Edition for R1 959 491.

Time is money
The most expensive watch ever sold is the Patek Phillipe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300, which fetched a shocking $31 194 370 ( R467-million) at an auction. It is the only one of its kind, according to Wanted Magazine. For the ladies, a Graff Diamonds The Fascination can set
you back $40-million.

It contains 152.96 carats of white diamonds and a detachable 38.13-carat pear-shaped diamond ring in the centre.

Its competitor is the Hallucinationby Graff Diamonds at $55-million. It is set in a platinum bracelet and has 110 carats of rare coloured diamonds

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