From birth till death and the years in between the mantra first drilled in your head and then chanted by your half-convinced soul is this- MONEY IS THE KEY! Money is a fuel that drives your through the lanes of life. The education, career, retirement and the ones who revolve around these are watered and nurtured by money. And who is to be blamed? Valuation has been always inseparable from society. So the food on the table, the roof over your head and the likes need money. And embrace it, we love money! The feel of it, the fancy things it gets (basic as well) and the sense security it gives (delusion my friend). But there are some who love and have more than the others and these have the courage to buy things which are oh-so-boring-daily-products yet are oh-so-expensive. Read on to believe.
Serendipity 3 in New York City caters insanely delicious burgers which is as expensive as diamond. At $295 it is held with solid gold and comes with a diamond-encrusted toothpick. Breakfast anyone?
19. The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata
Another food item with a golden price tag. Norma’sin Le Parker Meridian Hotel serves omelette breakfast of $1,000. The New York hotel’s breakfast is quite famous in spite of its price. Lobster and a generous amount of sevruga caviar contribute to the sky high price of the breakfast.
18. Diamond massage
After a long tiring day we all crave for a spa like treatment. But some take spa therapy to the next level. They love getting pampered by diamonds; not in the sky, but on the body! A diamond massage costs anything between $25,000 to $100,000.
17. Susse Freres Camera
Photographs are cherish able moments captured forever. But what happens when the camera costs a little more than the usual? Do you get better pictures? Well, to find that you’ve got to lay your hands on the Susse Freres daguerreotype camera for $775,000! It’s also happens to be the world’s oldest camera.
16. Red Tibetan Mastiff
It’s adorable and would tempt you to own a pet. But its price will have you running in the opposite direction in no time. At $1,500,000 this is the world’s most expensive dog. The 3ft tall dog also happens to be world’s oldest and most vulnerable breed.
15. The magnetic floating bed
Definitely not an investment made by insomniacs. The $1.6 million bed is hands down the snazziest bed around. It’s afloat 1.3 ft off the floor and can hold a burden of 2,000 pounds.
14. Amour Amour Dog Collars
Dog collars are usually cheaper than dogs. But at $1.8 million USD this is by far the most expensive collar in the world. Sporting a 52- carat diamond which is set in an 18 karat white gold, the collar is essentially made of crocodile leather which also happens to the most sought after leather in the world.
13. Harry Winston Ruby Slippers
The thing which brings comfort to your sole, a pair of flip-flops or slippers is valued at approximately $3 million. These are no Jimmy Choo, but sure are priced like one. 50 carats of diamonds and 1,350 carat in 4,600 rubies these were created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, where Judy Garland sported ruby slippers made of sequins.
12. Dead Shark
What can be more expensive than slippers encrusted with diamonds and rubies? Well, a shark! A long dead shark! “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” is a piece of art which consists of a formaldehyde preserved tiger shark inside a vitrine. This is the work of the much applauded artist Damien Hirst who reportedly sold the hedge fund to manager Steven A. Cohen for a rumored figure of $8 million.
11. iPhone 4S Elite Gold
Tell your granny that the world’s most expensive phone costs $9.4 million dollars. She’d probably give you an earful about how phones in their days worked. Crafted by Stuart Hughes, this flawless piece is designed with 500 diamonds that are over 100 carats. The Apple logo has over 50 diamonds winking your way. The navigation is accompanied with the extremely rare pink diamonds of 7.4 carats. There’s more. The chest is solid platinum with orinial pieces of bones from the T-Rex
10. Pink diamond ring
Yes, it’s no secret that a girl’s best friend also happens to be expensive. But at $23.2 million, this rectangular-cut pink diamond ring was purchased by a private buyer at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong. Lucky girl! (sigh)
9. 201 carat Chopard.
Time and tide wait for none. Thus, a watch on the wrist is a must to catch up with these. But how would you react if the watch was worth: $25,000,000? Yes, 201 carat Chopard comes with a spring-loaded mechanism, which on pressing, opens in three heart shapes and shines as well. A piece to behold with a price gasp worthy.
8. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO is every collectors dream. At a trivial price of $35 million (from the collector’s point of view) this is already in possession of a private collector in the United Kingdom.
7. Badminton Cabinet
If the likes of slippers and breakfasts can be expensive, then why not badminton cabinet? The 12 ft ebony cabinet was commissioned by Henry Somerset, the third Duke of Beaufort in the 18th century at the age of 19
(Could you have purchased anything like that at 19?). A true masterpiece which took over six years to be created crafted and polished. The antique was auctioned for $36.7 million.
6. The Picasso
This is a piece of art and by Picasso at that, got to be expensive. It was sold at $104.2 million at the Sotheby’s auction in New York. The 1905 painting is called “Garçon à la pipe” (Boy with a pipe).
5. Number 5, 1948
Maybe it’s my non-artistic soul which mocks the idea of a painting which looks like a destructive piece of work by a 6 year old to be sold at an unbelievable price of seven figures. At $140 million, this is the most expensive painting in the world. Let’s scribble and dribble and become millionaires.
4. The card players
One can purchase actual card players for $259 million (if human trafficking happened to be legal that is). But these are no actual card players, this is a painting a painting of two men playing cards. The Royal Family of Qatar bought this piece by Paul Cézanne.
3. The Villa La Leopolda
If you’ve watched Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” then you’ll know which one I’m talking about. World’s second most expensive home this one is located by the French Riviera and is priced at $506 million. Originally owned by King Leopold II of Belgium, the villa was designed and built between 1929 and 1931.
This is Mukesh Ambani’s home sweet home. His humble abode is a 27 storied building in downtown Mumbai. At $2 billion and 600 full time staff to maintain the palace (sorry, place) this is the most expensive house in the world.
1. Yacht: History Supreme
And the priciest one on this list is a yacht. At
$4.8 billion, this beauty is crafted with over 100,000 kg of gold and is adorned with T-Rex bones, miniature meteorites and the likes. This beauty is owned by an anonymous Malaysian businessman.
And while there are innumerable commodities who are member of this ‘billion, million and trillion club’; the best things in this world sadly cannot be bought, but only experienced! Happy splurging.