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Leading the sale were a 2008 Sable Togo Birkin 35 and a 1999 black Ardennes Birkin 35 which were hammered down for £5600 and £5400 respectively. The following three lots were also Birkins taking hammer prices between £4100 and £4600.

These coveted French tote bags were created in the 1980s and are named after the British actress and singer Jane Birkin. A new bag can cost £7500 to £100,000, and are released in limited quantities.

Chanel bags also achieved strong results at the sale. A Jumbo Classic Double Flap handbag took £1500 before buyer’s premium and a bronze leather Small Crown handbag was knocked down for £1200.

The Birmingham auctioneer sold 91% of the lots by value for a hammer total of just over £81,000.

In style

Fellows launched designer sales last year, in keeping with the rising trend for luxury sales around UK auction houses. Sworders, for example, launched its Designer Handbags and Couture department in 2015.

Other salerooms active in the designer market include Tennants, which also reported a strong performance of handbags in its February sale. Most recently, Aston’s Auctioneers & Valuers held their inaugural Vintage & Modern Fashion Auction on Tuesday this week.