ARMADILLO ALERT: Alexander McQueen has produced three new pairs of its Armadillo Boots to raise money for Unicef’s relief efforts helping earthquake victims in Nepal.

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The boots will go under the hammer as part of the Christie’s Handbags & Accessories Auction, which starts Tuesday at 12:00 noon EST and runs until July 23.

The famous boots were designed by Lee Alexander McQueen and made their debut at his spring/summer 2010 show, Plato’s Atlantis. Because of their complex construction, they were never produced and just 21 pairs exist.

Several examples are currently on display at the Savage Beauty exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, which runs until August 2.

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The three new pairs of Armadillo have been handcrafted in Italy from wood and python skin.

One-hundred percent of the net amount from the sale at auction will be donated to the U.S. fund for UNICEF, which is assisting victims of the Nepal earthquakes in April and May.

The auction site is

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