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Art Collector Sues Louis Vuitton for Selling Murakami Print Made of Handbag Scraps

LV bags on sale at the Murakami show at the Brooklyn Museum
LV bags on sale at the Murakami show at the Brooklyn Museum

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In 2007, Louis Vuitton set up a boutique inside Takeshi Murakami's exhibit at MOCA. There, they sold handbags for around $1000 and prints for between $6000 and $10,000—art generally being considered worth more than mere fashion. A gourmet butter mogul named Clint Arthur bought one of those prints, took it home, and then somehow discovered that it was made of the very same materials that went into the bag, meaning that in theory he could have saved several thousand dollars by hacking up a purse and stringing the fabric on a frame. So he's suing LV for fraud.

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