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

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

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