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Here at Racked, we're dedicating this week to the kind of fantastical shopping that most of us only get to experience in dreams (or at 80%-off sample sales, which are generally somewhat less than posh). Taking a page from casino parlance, we'll be talking a lot about "whales," those big spenders who feel perfectly comfortable dropping tens of thousands of dollars every night on roulette, or, in our case, on Cartier. Welcome to Whale Week 2013.
Deep in the heart of Dallas, Texas, Shirley Goldfield's two-story, Coco Chanel-inspired closet exists—and a 2011 episode of HGTV's Million Dollar Rooms captured it in all of its double-C-themed glory.
The wardrobe comes complete with a reproduction of Coco Chanel's famous curved staircase, gold-plate doorknobs, and a $30,000 chandelier, as well as plenty of customized extras. Says Goldfield: "It has a lot of neat little features... like hidden belts. I mean, wouldn't we all love to have that?" Grand total, including Goldfield's wardrobe and collection of rare Chanel handbags? "Easily five million." Enjoy a tour after the jump.
· Come Take a Tour Through a $5M Closet Inspired by Chanel [Racked]
· All Whale Week coverage [Racked]