When ridiculously wealthy individuals have more money than they care to shake a gold-plated stick at, it goes without saying that every now and then we are bound to come across some of their more "unique" spending habits; and when we say unique we actually mean, simply crazy. Precious metals such as platinum, silver and gold have always ranked quite highly; not only in terms of actual value, but also the prestige and status associated with these metals. The more "bling' you flaunt, the wealthier you will appear to be – well that’s the idea, anyways.
Out of those three precious metals mentioned earlier, we'd like to focus on the last one – gold; and in particular, just what people have managed to achieve using gold. Okay granted, it might not necessarily be an achievement per say, but rather a jaw-dropping display of extravagant and opulent wealth. After all, considering our current exchange rate, a single gram of gold will set you back about R445. Not too bad, right? …well, think again. A kilogram of gold will cost in the region of about R443,606; and bear that number in mind, because we’re about to reveal to you the five most outrageous displays of wealth as far as gold is concerned.
5: Most Expensive Bathroom in the World – R26 million
What you’re looking at right now ladies and gents, is something sinfully expensive and utterly pointless – but yet we’re somehow still incredibly fascinated by it! This particular restroom, built by the Hang Fung Gold Technology Group in Hong Kong, cost R26,699,000 to build. Yes, that’s twenty-six million Rand! The source of this immense cost? Well for starters, the toilet itself has been made out of pure gold – note, it’s not simply a porcelain design which was gold plated; no, it’s solid gold. The walls of the restroom have also been embellished in 24 carat gold, but we’re pretty sure that the crowning glory has to be the R13,883,480 roll of solid gold toilet paper. Quite possibly the best way to flush your money down the toilet? It might very well be.
4: Most Expensive Poker Set – R80 million
Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a poker fundi? If you’re the type that gets greeted by name as soon as you step foot into your favourite casino, before being quickly ushered into the high rollers’ section; you may think you’re a true high roller, but you’re not – at least until you own a poker set like the one before your eyes. Designed by Geoffrey Parker, this sleek setup will cost you no less than R80,097,375. Why the exorbitant cost? Well for starters, the case in which this poker set is housed is covered in alligator hide, and the inside is lined with the finest suede. Moving along to the actual set; the game gems themselves have been fitted with 18 carat gold and the chips have been meticulously set with precious stones. The dealer button is 18 carat gold which has been set with diamonds – anybody keen on a game?
3: Most Expensive Christmas Tree – R117 million
With the festive season virtually around the corner already (how time has flown!), perhaps it would be a good idea to invest in one of these Christmas trees. While this tree may look rather unassuming, the attached price tag may leave you speechless: R117,475,600. Yes folks, those are nine digits – and that is indeed a hundred and seventeen million Rand. So, what justifies the price tag? A closer look should reveal a lot more:
The UAE has become (in)famous for its vast and seemingly endless wealth reserves, and it’s no secret that the prosperous country loves flaunting their success. What better way to do so, than by adorning a Christmas tree with gold bows, solid gold ornaments – and leave it positively dripping with precious stones and jewellery? Officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the most expensive decorated tree in the world, this 12.1m stunner (housed in Abu Dhabi’s 7-star Emirates Palace hotel) only ranks fourth in our list – fasten your seatbelts folks; things are about to get a bit hairy from this point on!
2: Most Expensive iPhone 5 – R160 million
Ever since the world was first captivated by the original iPhone, to say that the demand has been phenomenally spectacular would be a gross understatement. As technology progressed, it always seemed as though Apple was always one step ahead – and the iPhone 5 is no different. While it’s a great device in its own right, Stuart Hughes Jewellers saw a way to make it even better – and, in the process, have it claim the title of “the most expensive cellphone in the world.” This is definitely one iPhone you would not want to lose – after all, with a cost of R160,194,750 it would be an incredibly expensive loss! With a casing fashioned from 22 carat solid gold and the iconic Apple logo and sides of the device encrusted with diamonds, it would be fair to say that this iPhone 5 is quite heavy – worth its weight in gold, perhaps?
1: Most Expensive Lamborghini – R662 million
Those who are of the opinion that there surely couldn’t a market for gold cars have most likely never visited Russia, the oil-rich Middle East, or even China. Besides having enormous wealth as a common denominator, each one of these regions also love their gold cars – and this love is something that esteemed automotive manufacturer Lamborghini have identified; and it’s for this very reason that their Dubai dealership are able to offer their staggeringly beautiful Aventador model in gold. As if this wasn’t enough, they’ve also thrown in a fair bit of platinum; as well as encrusting select items with diamonds. While the end result might be questionable to a few, you cannot deny the sheer jaw-dropping effect you’d have as you cruised along in one of these. You’d also need to have rather deep pockets to order one for yourself, and not feel the pinch; with a simply astronomical price tag of R662,138,300, this golden Aventador will firmly cement your financial status and membership of the proverbial ‘Billionaire Boys Club’!
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