Hermès bag sells for over $180K at auction

Well, this is certainly one way to take the investment piece to the next level: An Hermès Birkin sold at auction on Tuesday for $185,000.

The bag, sold through Heritage Auction in Los Angeles, was pretty rare. Made of matte Himalayan Nilo, the bag featured 18k gold hardware and 242 diamonds with a total weight of 9.84 carats, so it's at least a little bit fancier than your run of the mill Birkin. Still, $185k will buy you a house - a nicehouse, at that -in a lot of markets. It's not even the most expensive bag to sell at auction. That honor goes to - you guessed it! - a different Birkin that sold in 2011 for $203,150.

Listen, rich folks, if you've got some extra money to throw around, we've got student loans you could help out with.

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