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Celebrity handbags for auction

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Nothing unites women quite like handbags.

If you’re like me then you carry your life around in your handbag - I would be lost without the comfort of its contents. Like shoes they’re an essential part of our every day. US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton believes handbags unite women "I think no one should make fun of anyone else’s handbag choices. I think we should be united in our support of one another. Because handbags are like a deep psychological need. It’s a desire to kind of organise and contain that which is important  in your daily life. I have a philosophical view about this, and I have this Ferragamo hot-pink bag that I adore. My view was that I would carry it around only in spring, but it makes me so happy, I’m even now lugging it around in January. I mean, how can you be unhappy if you pick up a big pink bag?“

It’s this type of unity that will bring over 200 handbag lovers together for the 3rd Annual Handbag Auction held at historic Boomerang House in Sydney. Guests will bid on handbags donated from Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler, DVF, Balenciaga, Paco Rabanne, Salvatore Ferragamo, Stella McCartney, Phillip Lim, Marni, Bally, Bvlgari, Christian Louboutin, Mulberry, YSL, Jimmy Choo and more.

The event raises funds for the Intensive Care Unit at Sydney Children’s Hospital. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) specialises in looking after kids like 12-year-old Sid. Sid was badly injured in a knee boarding accident which partially dislocated the base of his skull from his neck bones. He spent a long time in Intensive Care recovering from his injuries and undergoing intense rehabilitation. Sid needed speech therapy to learn to talk again and daily physiotherapy to get back on his feet. Sid spent three months in the hospital but is now home with his family and even playing tennis again.

Each year approximately 850 children receive treatment in the ICU with the average cost of care for each child being over $3500 per day. Fundraising is critical to maintain the excellence that saves the lives of kids like Sid.


This year the auction has been opened to the public with the bags donated from celebrities' private collections also going under the hammer. There’s Miranda Kerr’s Mulberry (above), Toni Collette's clutch, Elizabeth Ann Mac Gregor's Vivienne Westwood and a white Miu Miu from Isla Fisher who said: “I love Miu Miu, my bag is a classic shape and colour. It can look dressy or casual. More importantly, I can fit diapers in it!”

To view the collection and make a bid head to www.schf.org.au to make a bid.

Paula Joye will be Master of Ceremonies at the Sydney Event.