Auction Watching - Hermes at Heritage Auction House

Let me just say it right here, I'm not an "it bag" person.
I love the style and quality of Hermes goods
from saddles to scarves
but really,
my heart doesn't start thumping at the idea of owning a Birkin.

I realize that I am not normal.

Apparently at Heritage Auction House this week
this bag got multiple bidders' hearts a-thumpin'

Hermes Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile 30cm Birkin Bag with Solid 18K White Gold & Diamond Hardware
Pristine Condition
12" width x 8" height x 6" depth Estimate: $80,000 - $90,000.

Price Realized:  $203,150.00 Bp included

But really...$200K plus for a handbag with some dimonds.
Can't you buy a condo in Florida for this price?

And more on the topic of Hermes
Feather Factor has a charming post today on a woman who restores Hermes bags
and...who works as a cowgirl in Montana.
What a wonderful life.

And....even more from JCK

Luxury goods giant Hermès has won a whopping $100 million default judgment against a group of websites allegedly selling counterfeit versions of its products, including jewelry.

The ruling, entered April 27 by New York federal judge Denise Cote, notes the defendants—“John Doe” owners of 34 websites with names like and—did not appear in court or offer any response to the initial complaint. 
The ruling, which found the defendants liable of cyber-squatting and trademark infringement, orders all money in the defendants’ PayPal accounts to be emptied and sent to Hermès, and permanently transfers all the infringing domain names to Hermès.
It also orders Internet search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, to remove the sites from their searches, and for social media sites to stop indexing them.
Finally, some serious cracking down on fakes on the web.
There are way too many of them out there.