Have you ever wondered what you might do if you were super wealthy and looking for a way to spend your disposable income? One option is to pay ridiculously high prices for everyday items.
For fun, we take a look at some of the most expensive items and investments in their class.
Superstars with a shoe fetish spent a cool $3 million on a pair of limited edition Stuart Weitzman heels. The heels include fine-cut gemstones – diamonds, rubies and sapphires. The centrepiece is an earring once worn by Hollywood sex goddess, Rita Hayworth.
The handcrafted iPhone 4 features 500 flawless diamonds set in the rose gold casing, along with a 7.4 carat pink diamond embedded into a pure platinum interface.
Flip the phone over and a solid gold Apple logo, surrounded by 53 diamonds, is the “oh wow” feature.
An obscure piece of gummed paper set the philately world alight when it went under the hammer for almost $10 million. The Magenta is the only postage stamp of its kind in existence, and was part of an emergency print carried out in 1856 by a local newspaper.
$10 million is the price that was paid for one dollar. It’s not just 223 years of inflation that pushed up the price – it’s also the rarity and condition of the coin, and the belief that it could once have been jangling around in George Washington’s pocket.
Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Amal Clooney and Kate Windsor spent a trifling amount on their wedding dresses when compared to this showstopper.
Possibly the most expensive wedding dress ever created, the dress resulted from a collaboration between designer Renee Strauss and master jeweller Martin Katz. The big ticket items are the 150 carats of diamonds embroidered onto the bodice.
A bidding war and the Paul Newman provenance is what boosted the price of an ordinary Rolex Daytona to almost $18 million at auction. The watch was worn by the charismatic and oh so handsome, Oscar award-winning actor, who passed away in 2008.
The most expensive racing car ever sold is a 55-year old Ferrari. The original owner, a hero of the French Resistance, was killed in the car while racing in the Coupes du Salon. After surviving several crashes and languishing in a garage for nearly 50 years, the bright red Ferrari is now the centrepiece of a private collection.
During his racing heyday, the big bay stallion won the Kentucky Derby and earned around $2 million on the track. But it wasn’t the racing prowess of Fusaichi Pegasus that prompted the richest-ever price at auction; it was his lineage that sealed the deal. To date, the horse has sired more than 60 race winners.
The divine Pink Star is the largest diamond of its kind in the world. The 59.60 carat Fancy Vivid Pink diamond was snapped up by a Chinese jeweller, for a whopping $71.2 million.
Set in 56 acres of gardens and designed as a tribute to the Sun King, Chateau Louis XIV is an opulent 20-bedroom mansion. Along with luxury living areas, it includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an aquarium, a movie theatre and a nightclub. The palatial home was recently purchased by a private buyer, for $301 million.
The History Supreme is a 100-foot super yacht custom built for an Arabian businessman. The base of the vessel is wrapped in gold, and 100,000 kilograms of precious metals have been integrated into the fittings and finishes. A big talking point? Cabin walls embedded with the shavings of authentic T-Rex dinosaur bones!
If you’re Mark Zuckerberg and looking for an exciting new challenge, what do you do? You buy a new business. Zuckerberg bought the popular mobile app for just under $20 billion.
At lamna, we don’t deal in items with million or billion-dollar price tags – but for ordinary folk, we do offer fast, discreet loans against the value of a wide range of assets, from luxury watches and jewellery to vehicles or artwork. For more information about using an asset to secure a short-term loan, contact us on 086 111 2866 or simply complete and submit our online application form.
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