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Miniaturization has been a pursuit engineers and designers decades. The trend to manufacture ever smaller products and devices has seen pocket-sized computers, mobile phones and motorbikes the size a backpack. The latest thing to be downsized is a miniature handbag that is so small it can only be seen the aid of a microscope. The New York-based art collective MSCHF has created a microscopic Louis Vuitton-inspired handbag. The makers say their creation is "smaller than a grain sea salt and narrow enough to pass the eye of a needle". It measures 657 222 700 micrometres. It has also just been sold for $63,750 an online auction.

The neon-green miniature was made using a high-tech manufacturing technique called two-photon polymerization. This technology uses 3D printers to make mechanical biotech components and devices microfilters and micropumps. MSCHF utilized the technology to see how small they could make a handbag. Chief creative officer Kevin Wiesner told the New York Times that he had not asked Louis Vuitton permission to use its logo the handbag. He said: "We are big the 'ask for forgiveness, not permission' school thought." He added: "I think the bag is a funny object because it derives something rigorously functional, but it has basically become jewellery."

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