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A treasure chest that costs a fortune

If for nothing else, you have to admire fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld for his audacity. The man who revived Chanel and Fendi has put his name to what is being called the most expensive home safe in the world.

Lagerfeld teamed with Markus Döttling, managing partner of the 91-year-old German safe manufacturing firm Döttling. The result of a two-year design process: a 1,760-pound treasure chest that stands nearly 6 feet tall and is more than 3 feet wide. It has a fingerprint scanner that opens two handcrafted interior cabinets, which pop out from the sides. The chrome-plated aluminum exterior has a mirror-like finish, so when you have fetched your finery, you can admire yourself. Fittingly, the safe is called the Narcissus.

Made to order and limited to an edition of 30, the Narcissus will be distributed by LA Closet Design in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. The price: about $340,000 — and that’s before your designer adds his mark-up.

— David A. Keeps

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