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Navigating the luxury vintage market

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THE Hermes Birkin bag is perhaps the most coveted bag on earth, and if you think you can cut the queue and save some money by buying one off the second-hand market, think again. Resellers say the Birkins have steadily risen in value by some 14.2 per cent a year for the past 35 years, but that hasn't stopped first-time buyers or collectors from seeking them out.

In Friday's issue of Weekend magazine, we look at the thriving second-hand and vintage luxury market, with more online resellers getting into the business. Besides the Birkin, we also look at what other luxury bags are holding if not rising in value, and how to score a secondhand bargain as well.

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