A model carries a Hermes signature Birkin with Himalayan crocodile leather and diamonds, sold for $300,168 at a Christie's auction on May 30, 2016 in Hong Kong, China May 4, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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A diamond-encrusted crocodile-skin Hermes handbag with white gold details has broken the record for the world's most expensive ever sold at auction, fetching nearly $300,000 at a Hong Kong sale.The rare Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 30 went to an unknown phone bidder late Monday for HK$2.32 million ($298,655), beating a pre-sale estimate of $2 million, the auction house Christie's said.A smaller Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 25 handbag will go under the hammer Wednesday with an estimate price of HK$1.3 million to HK$1.5 million.
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