MSCHF, an artistic collective based in Brooklyn, successfully sold their micro handbag at an auction, raking in an impressive sum of $63,750.
While a typical Louis Vuitton handbag already carries a hefty price tag of several thousand dollars, this minute imitation surpasses it in terms of value.
Crafted by MSCHF, this neon-colored handbag recently found a buyer at an auction, who willingly paid $63,750 to possess it.
The knockoff in question is a vivid, yellowish-green handbag that managed to fetch a price of $63,750, surpassing the initial bidding price of $15,000 by more than four times.
According to a post on Instagram by MSCHF, this bag is “smaller than a grain of sea salt and slender enough to glide through the eye of a needle.”
The chief creative officer of MSCHF, Kevin Wiesner, revealed to The New York Times that Louis Vuitton had not given the collective authorization to use their design. Insider’s request for comment remains unanswered by LVMH, the parent company of Louis Vuitton.
The bag was meticulously fashioned using a “stereolithographic process, frequently employed in the production of minute mechanical biotech structures,” as stated in the auction listing. It also comes equipped with a microscope featuring an integrated digital display to allow viewers to examine the bag.
“In the course of diminishing a once-functional object like a handbag, its status as an object becomes progressively more abstract, ultimately becoming a pure emblem of a brand,” elucidated MSCHF in the listing.
The listing further states, “Previous diminutive leather handbags still necessitated manual carrying, rendering them impractical and burdensome for the wearer. The Microscopic Handbag takes this concept to its logical zenith, reducing a utilitarian object to the realm of jewelry, with its ostensible functionality vanishing. In the realm of luxury goods, practicality fades away, leaving only the essence of indulgence.”
The diminutive size of MSCHF’s handbag necessitates the inclusion of a microscope for observation.
Over the past few years, MSCHF has garnered attention through various tongue-in-cheek projects, such as Lil Nas X’s controversial “Satan shoes,” a dual-sided sneaker that can be worn in reverse, “Eat the Rich” popsicles shaped like tech billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, and an AI-driven website that rates and matches individuals based on their “hotness.”