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See rare Prada handbag in Newcastle - it's covered in real insects and you won't believe the price tag; Ants, beetles and spiders cover the hugely expensive bag which has been created with the help of controversial artist Damien Hirst.

Byline: Barbara Hodgson

An insect-covered Prada handbag, seen as being as much a work of art as a symbol of style, is going on show inNewcastleand it's up for sale - at a whopping price.

While bag-loving trendsetters may be in ecstasy at the thought of laying their hands on what is described as a 'breathtaking' accessory, their excitement might be short-lived once they've seen the price tag - and what it's made of.

The so-called Entomology Bag is covered with real insects and it will come as little surprise to hear that the person involved in its design was famous conceptual artist Damien Hirst who is best known for his shark in a tank pieces, one of which was on show atGreat North Museum: Hancockduring theGreat Exhibition of the North.

The bag is one of just 20 in existence which have been co-designed by Hirst and Miuccia Prada of the Italian luxury fashion house and it's up for grabs to anyone with a spare [pounds sterling]20,000.

It will be on show in the city at the Mosley Street branch of the Handbag Clinic which will be hosting a party around its November visit.

A spokeswoman said: "The bag is a breathtaking piece of art created by Damien Hirst and Prada.

"It's something which we feel both the fashion and art crowd would be extremely excited about and it's coming to Newcastle.

"The event is a chance for people in Newcastle to come and see a rare piece of history."

The Handbag Clinic chain describes the bag as "a truly unique and wonderful piece", saying it is made up of "various wonders of the insect world in a plexiglass shell that is one of Prada's most iconic shapes".

It lists the "wondrous species" of insects encased in its design as honeypot ant; orb weaver spider; horn beetle; green beetle and yellow back beetle.

Its website adds: "It is one thing to describe this bag and read about its detail but to see it in person is truly breathtaking.

"To own a piece of history is something a lot of people cannot say they have had the chance to experience but now here's your chance."

Hirst's collaboration with Prada is part of an Entomology series he has been working on since 2009 and the bag was actually created in 2014 but has recently come up for re-sale - the first of the 20-strong collection to do so.

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The bag, which also features some embroidered insects alongside the real deal, is on sale for [pounds sterling]19,995 - seehere- but it is not in absolutely perfect condtion.

Described as "great condition" and "beautiful", it has some scratches to the Plexiglass and two sequins are missing.

It can be seen at the Handbag Clinic in Newcastle on November 1 from 6pm-8pm and the evening will include a DJ, special guest list, a professional photographer and Champagne.

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The Entomology Bag, created by Damien Hirst and Prada, is going on display in Newcastle and it's for sale - for a whopping price

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A close-up detail from the Entomology Bag, created by Damien Hirst and Prada, is going on display in Newcastle and it's for sale - for a whopping price

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Date:Oct 27, 2018
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