This beautiful lion paved with Austrian crystals is not only a beautiful work of art, but a divine evening bag as well. This minaudiere is one of the amazing gifts available in this year's Neiman Marcus catalog. The minaudiere is considered a piece of jewelry that does double-duty as an evening bag. It is the perfect holiday gift for yourself or that special someone.

 New Lion MinaudiereNew Lion Minaudiere

The minaudiere first appeared during the 1930s in haute couture circles and is believed to be the invention of Charles Arpels of VanCleef and Arpels. The dainty accessory is generally made of metal plating and is often an oblong rectangle. This bag is from Judith Leiber, a brand that is displayed in museums in the U.S. and the U.K.

 New Lion MinaudiereNew Lion Minaudiere

This exquisite piece has been made in Italy with brass elements and a shoulder strap that can also be tucked inside. A bargain for the rich at $6000. To check it out, click here.

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