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Sofia Coppola 'tortured' over Birkin

Sofia Coppola was gifted an Hermès Birkin bag by her father, although he couldn't believe how much money it cost.

The American actress-and-director comes from a movie making dynasty; her father is famed director Francis Ford, her cousin is Nicolas Cage and her niece emerging film maker Gia.

Thanks to her privileged upbringing Sofia was bought a designer bag by her Oscar-winning father, even though he couldn't believe how expensive it was.

"When I was in my early 20s, my dad was in Paris, and he said, 'Do you want anything?' It was my birthday, and I said I would love a Birkin bag from Hermès. I was way too young to have one, but I wanted one. He went to the store and took out cash, and he got the zeros wrong, and they said, 'Oh, no, no, it’s not that - it’s one more zero,'" Sofia told crowds at Sunday night's Project Perpetual charity auction.

"So I was tortured for years, because he always told me, 'I can’t believe the price of a handbag that you asked me for.' And so he got me this bag and I carried it when I was too young to have one, and then I kept it in my closet because it felt like too much to have. It’s been in my closet, and when Svetlana [Uspenskaya, Project Perpetual founder] asked me for a bag I was happy that it would become an art piece and help this cause."

Other stars to donate bags for the auction were Marc Jacobs and Princess Caroline of Hanover.

Svetlana recruited artist Jeff Koons to reimagine the donated bags so they could be auctioned off to raise funds for Project Perpetual, which helps children who are identified as high-risk by the United Nations Foundation.

"She had this idea about Birkin bags, that a lot of people have these bags and it’s such a symbol of luxury, ‘Could we redirect that wealth towards charity?’ I wanted to make a symbol of charity," Jeff explained to WWD.

For the event Mary J. Blige took to the stage to perform to an A-list crowd including Drew Barrymore and Naomi Campbell.

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