This woman kept corn in a 140-year-old Louis Vuitton chest worth R190 000

Images by: CEN/Magazine Features. Collage by Nthabi Nhlapo
Images by: CEN/Magazine Features. Collage by Nthabi Nhlapo
Images by: CEN/Magazine Features

A Ukrainian pensioner has been keeping corn in a 140-year-old Louis Vuitton chest worth nearly 10,000 GBP (about R190 000). 

The unnamed woman from the city of Zmiiv in the north-eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv Oblast kept the valuable chest, made in 1880, in a storeroom in her home. 

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According to netizen Marina Malevskaya, the Louis Vuitton chest is original and all the locks and rivets have branded inscriptions, some of which include the luxury fashion brand’s famous logo. 

Social media users suggested the chest may have come from Germany after WWII and was claimed as a trophy before finding its way to the Ukraine. 

Louis Vuitton chests like this are worth around 10,000 EUR (about R190 000) on the antique market. 

According to a netizen’s comment, the rare chest has now been donated to the Museum of History in a nearby Ukrainian village. 

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Louis Vuitton founded the eponymous fashion company in Paris, France, in 1854. 

The company’s famous ‘LV’ motif appears on most of its products, including luxury trunks, shoes, watches, jewellery and sunglasses. 

The company is in operation in 50 countries and boasts more than 460 stores around the world.

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Compiled by Nthabi Nhlapo

Story and Images by: CEN/Magazine Features

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