The Hermès Birkin bag. Known to most by just Birkin alone, the notorious handbag is one of the most sought after luxury goods on the market to date. Retailing at an average minimum of $20,000 to upwards of $200,000 -- the Hermès Birkin bag sky-rocketed to fame after the media exposed its celebrity cult-like following. This week, the actress and singer behind the coveted bag Jane Birkin, requested that Hermès remove her name from the best-seller, due to the cruel slaughtering practices at crocodile farms where the Birkin skins were thought to have been obtained. YouTube video posted by PETA exhibiting cruel practices at reptile farms in Texas and Zimbabwe -- both farms who claim to source the crocodile skins for Hermès. Animals (as graphically shown in the video) were being "barbarically" hacked and skinned while conscious. Although Hermès released its own statement and further commented that its skins were not obtained from the Texas farm, a complete investigation is still underway. As the 68-year-old actress helped to create one of the most highly demanded luxury bags on the market, Hermès respectfully remains cordial with Birkin’s decision. “Her comments do not in any way influence the friendship and confidence that we have shared for many years,” the brand claims.