The $42,000 Louis Vuitton Handbag

03/19/2007 at 11:04 AM ET

Louis Vuitton bags are notoriously expensive, but what gives with a $42,000 price tag?! The Tribute Patchwork Bag carries such an unbelievable pricetag because it is made out of actual pieces of old bags–different styles Louis Vuitton has done through the years– and those fragments are sewn together by hand. Right now, the Patchwork bag is considered just a form of art and there are only about two circulating in the whole world and are made to order. Is one of those going to a star — maybe Louis Vuitton collectors Paris Hilton or Kimora Lee Simmons, who reportedly has the largest LV collection in the world? We wouldn’t be surprised. Tell us: If you could afford it, would you want this bag? What is the most you would ever pay for a purse?

Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

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FRISKY MINX on

NO! TALK ABOUT UGLY! I’D RATHER SPEND THE 40G’S ON CLOTHES, SHOES AND PRETTIER BAGS!

Terra on

I like the IDEA – but it didn’t work out so well…. Def would put that money towards my Range Rover!

jennifer in tulsa on

The most I’ve ever spent on a purse was 2 grand….and it was a Louis Vuitton. That is the MOST I will ever pay. Anyway, I had it autographed by Ryan Seacrest back when he wasn’t as popular as he is now and sold it on Ebay for $1500.00 so I got my money out of it! I like Louis Vuitton’s but Coach is better in my opinion.

Michelle on

NO WAY! its tooo expensive, what are they thinking? being honest, its beautiful, i like it! but the price… NO WAY! i prefer go traveling, Europe, Asia ………

Liz on

Gross. Only someone looking to brag about how much money they have would wear that. I’m sorry, but there isn’t a purse in the world I could live with myself for paying $42,000 to get. Even if I was a billionaire. Some material things scream of excess and insecurity, and this is definitely one of them.

It isn’t even pretty; its hideous! Can you imagine how awful the inevitable Payless-level knockoffs will look if this (God forbid) starts a trend?

I agree with whoever said this should be a one-time custom tribute locked up in a museum or something.

KD on

Yuck!

jap on

they probably came out with this so that regular folks can’t afford it and the only ones walking around with this bag would be celebs and rich people. it doesn’t matter that it’s ugly, etc…if someone who can afford buys it, we’ll all know how much they spent on the bag. lol

Betsy Ayala on

Holy Cow ! That must be the ugliest bag i’ve ever seen! I guess when you see any socialite out there with this bag you will be able to tell which ones are the 1/2 brain ones who buy stuff because it looks good or buy stuff because it’s expensive.

SILVIA on

I WOULDNT PAY 42K FOR THIS BAG,BUT U KNOW AS LONG AS CONSUMERS SHELL OUT $$$ FOR THESE KINDS OF BAGS,DESIGNERS WILL KEEP DREAMING UP ODD STYLES SUCH AS THE NEW LV BAG,AND PEOPLE WILL BUY THEM IF THEY HAVE THE MONEY!$300 IS THE MOST IVE SPENT ON A BAG SO FAR!

Ashley on

What is this???? Looks like crap to me. If I had $42,000, I would spend it on something NOT so indulgent – or something a little less stupid. That bag is so ugly, and in my opinion, anyone who would actually spend that much on it is just as ugly!!!!!!!!!!

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