Kanye West’s Christmas present to Kim Kardashian was one-of-a-kind Hermes Birkin bag painted by artist George Condo. Kim posted tit, uh, IT on Instagram with “#HandPainted GeorgeCondo #HermesBirkin #OneofOne #Christmas PresentFromYeezy” Condo has exhibited around the world, including a retrospective last year at The New Museum and he collaborated with West on a series of covers for his album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” The bag’s price tag is said to be $40,000, which is a LOT for a purse, no doubt. But honestly, an Hermes birkin can sell for $25,000, sans art. Considering what Condo’s work sells for (I inquired about the a simple drawing on paper at an art fair last year and was told it was $40,000″) I think this was a pretty good “investment”, whether you like the artwork or not. But honestly, do these guys ever pay for anything – I can imagine this was all arranged by PR peeps for free. (Bottom photo, The New Museum)


George Condo, 2013, painted Hermes Birkin bag

Artwork for "My Beautiful Twisted Fantasy" by Condo

Condo retrospective, The New Museum, NYC