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A photo taken on June 11, 2015 shows Hermes Birkin bags at the Maroquinerie de la Tardoire, a Hermes workshop specialized in products made with calfskin, in Montbron, southwestern France.  - 

In this troubled investment climate, it can be unclear where to put your money to keep in safe and hopefully get a good return.

So, what should it be? Bonds? Gold? Berkshire Hathaway?

Or maybe a purse.

Quartz reports today that the average annual return rate for the exclusive Hermes Birkin bag has beaten the S&P 500 and the price of gold over the last 35 years.

That's a legit data set. The bag costs $60,000 new, they've sold for $200,00 at auction. 

That's an average annual return of 14.2 percent.

Unfortunately, if you're trying to keep your Birkin bag pristine enough to auction, you probably can't be seen with it.

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