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Pictured: The Himalaya Birkin bag.
A 'spectacular' diamond and white gold encrusted handbag has sold at auction for a world record price of more than £230,000.
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.
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.