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Pictured: The Himalaya Birkin bag. <br />
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A 'spectacular' diamond and white gold encrusted handbag has sold at auction for a world record price of more than £230,000.<br />
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The Himalaya Birkin bag made by French fashion house Hermes is said to be the most desirable handbag in the world and the 'holy grail' for collectors.<br />
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The market for the fashion accessory has taken off with some bags increasing in value by as much as 40 per cent in the space of a year.