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Japan honours Jane Birkin for tsunami relief effort

British-born singer-actress Jane Birkin was awarded the Japanese foreign ministry's top honour Thursday for her support to Japan's relief work after the devastating 2011 earthquake. Best known as the muse of iconic French singer Serge Gainsbourg who wrote several of her albums, Birkin rushed to Japan after the 9.0-magnitude quake and ensuing monster tsunami. "We were struck by her immediate reaction to the earthquake," said Japanese ambassador Yoichi Suzuki, after awarding her the Japanese Foreign Ministry Prize.

Birkin handbag sells for record 63,800 euros at auction

A crocodile-skin Birkin handbag made by luxury goods firm Hermes has sold for a record 63,800 euros ($82,600) at an auction in Paris, auction house Artcurial said on Monday. The bag, manufactured in 2006 and marked by its unusual combination of orange, red and pink colours, was sold at above its estimate of 40,000-50,000 euros at the auction on May 21, Artcurial said. It did not disclose details about the purchaser. The previous record sale price for a Birkin bag was 61,000 euros, during a 2011 auction in Paris.

Birkin handbag sells for record 63,800 euros at auction

A crocodile-skin Birkin handbag made by luxury goods firm Hermes has sold for a record 63,800 euros ($82,600) at an auction in Paris, auction house Artcurial said on Monday. The bag, manufactured in 2006 and marked by its unusual combination of orange, red and pink colours, was sold at above its estimate of 40,000-50,000 euros at the auction on May 21, Artcurial said. It did not disclose details about the purchaser. The previous record sale price for a Birkin bag was 61,000 euros, during a 2011 auction in Paris.

Birkin handbag sells for record 63,800 euros at auction

A crocodile-skin Birkin handbag made by luxury goods firm Hermes has sold for a record 63,800 euros ($82,600) at an auction in Paris, auction house Artcurial said on Monday. The bag, manufactured in 2006 and marked by its unusual combination of orange, red and pink colours, was sold at above its estimate of 40,000-50,000 euros at the auction on May 21, Artcurial said. It did not disclose details about the purchaser. The previous record sale price for a Birkin bag was 61,000 euros, during a 2011 auction in Paris.
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