Fact: Birkins are better than a 401k. They’re seriously the best retirement fund you could have. The classic bags easily liquidate at current retail, and since prices increase regularly (in 2001, a 30cm Birkin cost a mere $4,500 – now it’s at $8,700), you’ll literally be pocketing extra money (not that I would ever sell a Birkin!). For special colors, the price can even jump 30-50% above retail. It’s hard to make a bag more exclusive than that, but of course Hermès is always willing to rise to the challenge. At the Heritage Auctions (aka the biggest auction house in the U.S.) event in Dallas on December 4th, the largest Hermès collection ever was auctioned off with a black croc Birkin decorated in 18k white gold and diamond hardware going for $122,500. Bidders from around the globe ended up making it the largest accessories auction ever, pulling in $3.2 million for the 942 items. While not all of these pieces were Hermès, the power of the French fashion house is clearly continuing to rise. Now the only question that remains is how can they top this next year??