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Auction gem: 'handbag' the size of a grain of salt

So small that you can't even put your car keys, phone or your well-filled wallet in this bag. Would you like to use it as a decorative piece for your cupboard? It also becomes a bit difficult... The yellow-green designer bag is microscopic. Yet it changed hands for a huge amount of money. Those who do not honor the small…

A photo shows the design in more detail, revealing Louis Vuitton's signature 'LV' monogram. The bag appears to be based on the French fashion house's OnTheGo bag, which currently retails full-size for around €2.800. Yet it is not a 'real' one, as the yellow-green bag is the work of an art collective from New York called MSCHF. 

 

Smaller than a grain of salt  

The artists want to make a statement with the bag. It is fashionable to make handbags smaller and smaller. However, according to the collective, this means they lose their functionality. Microscopically small is really microscopic. The design is 657, by 222 by 700 micrometers. That is smaller than a grain of sea salt. The mini bag was manufactured using so-called two-photon polymerization, a technology that makes it possible to 3D print plastic parts on a microscale. 

Last month the microscopic object went under the auction hammer of Joopiter. A digital auction house founded by Pharrell Williams. He is currently also Men's Creative Director at Louis Vuitton. The hammer ultimately fell at an amount of €58.000. It's nice that as a new owner you can actually admire your purchase of thousands of euros. The amount also includes a microscope with which the bag can be viewed on a digital display.

 

 

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