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‘Creepy’ handbag made from a dead cat sparks outrage

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AUCKLAND: A handbag made from pelt of a dead cat has sold for $545 in New Zealand.

The NZ auction website Trade Me bidding got fierce on Wednesday after the controversial item’s reserve was dropped from $1400 to $1.

Earlier the auction price was set at $800.

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The bag was made by Christchurch taxidermist Claire Third who said no animals were killed or hurt in the making of it. Other items she has up for grabs include hybrid stuffed cat-birds and chicken-cats.

Listed as a “one off glamour puss purse”, the item description says: “A very stylish handbag. For the girl that has everything a one off purse that will grab attention where ever you go.

“This handbag will last for years and years as long as it is looked after. The purse strap is easily changed to suit your taste.

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“This is not for the faint hearted … No animals were killed or hurt to create this piece.”

The Trade Me listing has attracted a number of negative comments. “This is disgusting. Not the slightest bit creative or artistic,” said one site user. “That is sick!! I love animals and you are totally disrespecting them!!” added another.

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