Hermes creates $13,000 basketball for Beverly Hills store opening (VIDEO)

Hermes created this $12,900 basketball from calf leather, dying it blue and placing it on display for the opening of an expanded Beverly Hills store. The company said on Aug. 30, 2013 that it might make '2 or 3 more.'</p>

Hermes created this $12,900 basketball from calf leather, dying it blue and placing it on display for the opening of an expanded Beverly Hills store. The company said on Aug. 30, 2013 that it might make '2 or 3 more.'

French luxury fashion group Hermes, famed for its exclusive handbags and scarves, said Friday it had created a $12,900 basketball to grace its renovated Los Angeles store.

The blue calf leather ball is hand-stitched and embossed with the house's trademark H sign along with the inscription Beverly Hills.

It was to be in the shop window of a newly renovated Hermes store on posh Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, but "someone asked me to keep it aside for him," Hermes boss Axel Dumas told AFP.

"I think we would like to make two or three more," he said.

The Hermes store on Rodeo Drive opened in 1997. The company recently bought the building and the new store is spread over 10,226 square feet.

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