10 Most Expensive Things of Their Kind
By Mike Brown, Toptenz, 22 July 2014.
By Mike Brown, Toptenz, 22 July 2014.
Interested in purchasing some high quality products? Got millions to blow on a new yacht? Just interested in learning more about the absurd purchases made by the world’s wealthiest people? Look no further, because we’ve got something for everyone on this list - although you’re almost certainly going to be unable to afford most of it.
10. Nike Dunk Low Pro SB “Paris”: The World’s Most Expensive Tennis Shoe
The Paris Dunk Low Pro, designed by the French painter Bernard Buffet, will set you back US$3500. The sneakers include an orange-red Nike swoop, and both tan and multi-coloured side and top panelling. Good luck trying to get your own pair for the original purchase price - only 202 pairs of the Paris Dunk Low Pro were made, and the cost has risen even higher because of the demand created by sneaker collectors.
9. Stuart Hughes Prestige HD Supreme Rose Edition: The World’s Most Expensive TV
Looking to buy a new television and have a ridiculous amount of money to blow for that entertainment system of your dreams? Consider the 22-carat gold Prestige HD Supreme Rose Edition. However, don’t count on finding this 55-inch widescreen on sale at Target. It contains 19kg of 22 carat gold, alligator skin panelling (hand-stitched by skilled artisans) and 48 high quality round diamonds. This TV is so decadent that just looking at it with the power off is an experience! The Supreme Rose Edition will cost you around 2.27 million dollars, or you can settle for the cheaper Prestige HD SUPREME Edition for around 1.5 million. Unfortunately, those prices don’t even get you 3D capability.
8. Ego for Bentley: The World’s Most Expensive Laptop
Are you a tech genius looking to buy a next level laptop? Because for a mere US$20,000 you can purchase your very own 160GB hard drive Ego for Bentley. However, it’s important to note that although the computer is a highly functional device, its overall design layout sacrifices simplicity and technological advances in favour of an elegant design. This shouldn’t come as a surprise considering that the device was made by Bentley, the luxury automobile company. However, this is still a high quality computer with all of the features provided by less expensive laptops. The exterior of the laptop is made from handmade leather. There’s also a snazzy integrated chrome handle and a high quality black piano finish.
7. Tibetan Mastiff Puppy: The World’s Most Expensive Puppy
This puppy’s lineage goes back centuries, and the breed is a symbol of wealth and prosperity in Asia. Recently, a Tibetan Mastiff puppy was sold for a whopping two million dollars. The mythology surrounding this dog is epic. These beasts are known for their resplendent thick manes, so much so that they are revered for having “lion’s blood” in their veins. They typically grow to around 100 pounds and are known for making great guard dogs. They also have an impressive double coat that sometimes have tan markings in a variety of gold shades. If you’re looking for a big loyal breed, look no further than the Tibetan Mastiff. However, it’s important to note that due to the Mastiff’s independent nature they’re not the best when it comes to organized activities such as speed and agility courses.
6. North Island, Seychelles: The World’s Most Expensive Island Vacation
A nightly stay at the North Island will set you back a cool US$4,829. Famous visitors include the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge as well as Victoria and David Beckham. The grounds boast 11 ultra exclusive villas that each have their own private beaches. Instead of having a set menu for food, the private chefs are on hand to design whatever food you like, whatever the time of day. Some of the other amenities provided at North Island are great for the environmentally friendly big spender. In fact, North Island is home to a top notch nature conservatory. Endangered Seychelles flora and fauna have all been rehabilitated and reintroduced into their natural habitat. Other conservation efforts on North Island make it the most ambitious conservatory efforts conducted by a private company.
5. Spin Jean by Damien Hirst: The World’s Most Expensive Pair of Jeans
For a mere US$27,000 you can purchase the Spin Jean, designed by world-renowned artist Damien Hirst. Hirst is known for his brash, bold coloured works and his Levi jeans are a testament to his in your face artistic style. These straight-legged jeans have a psychedelic print with big bursts of bright colours splashed over both sides of the jeans. They’re technically wearable, but given the price they’re more like a serious investment for art and fashion aficionados. In fact, there have only been eight limited releases worldwide.
4. Royal Ashera Cat: The World’s Most Expensive Cat
Genetically engineered Ashera cats can be purchased from the astonishing price range of US$22,000-US$125,000. This cat cannot be found in nature, and the name “Ashera” has been trademarked in America. The Ashera is bred to look like a miniature leopard, although the Ashera’s creators claim that the cat is actually very domesticated and pretty much like a typical house cat. The US$125,000 Royal Ashera is the rarest domesticated cat in the world. It has orange stripes and spots that makes it look like a cheetah, and is a hybrid created from the Asian leopard cat, the African serval, and the standard domesticated house cat. Beware if you’re interested in purchasing your own Ashera - the DNA and authenticity of these breeds has been questioned, and some purchases have even turned out to be Savannah cats in disguise.
3. Clive Christian Imperial Majesty Perfume: The World’s Most Expensive Perfume
Are you in the market for a perfume that will drive the men wild at literally any cost? Famed designer turned perfumist Clive Christian created Imperial Majesty, the world’s most expensive perfume. For just US$215,000 you can have your very own 16.9 ounce bottle, or US$12,700 per ounce. It comes in a beautiful Baccarat crystal bottle that’s adorned with a 18-carat gold collar and 5-carat diamond, which helps explain the cost. Imperial Majesty is part of a limited edition Clive Christian signature collection, and is simply referred to as “No. 1.” Good luck trying to purchase it - only five bottles have been released for sale.
2. Tequila from Tequilla Ley .925 with Diamond Encrusted Platinum Bottle: The World’s Most Expensive Tequila
This isn’t your average bottle of south of the border tequila. Worth 3.5 million dollars, this six year aged tequila comes in a single litre customized bottle. Artist Fernando Altamirano is the designer of this decadent container and also the CEO of the company. The bottle comes in three different types, all of which are encrusted in diamonds. There’s white gold, Pasion Azteco and platinum, which is the most rarest and most expensive of the three. As a result of the price and prestige of this liquor, it’s considered to be an investment as opposed to a drink to be tasted and shared with friends.
1. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster: The World’s Most Expensive Car
Italian sport car manufacturer Lamborghini outdid itself with the creation of the Veneno Roadster. Introduced in 2014, this car boasts a lightweight body design created out of reinforced carbon polymer. The car can go from 0-62 miles per hour in a ridiculous 2.9 seconds, and can reach speeds of up to 221 miles per hour. The price tag comes in at a whopping US$4.5 million, making it the most expensive new car available in 2014. This vehicle is the ultimate roadster, so much so that the Veneno doesn’t even have a roof. The Veneno’s release came as part of Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary celebration. If you’re looking to snag your own Veneno you shouldn’t hold your breath - only nine copies will be made in order to maintain the exclusivity of the world’s most expensive car.
Top image: Lamborghini Veneno Roadster, via Automotor Blog.
[Source: Toptenz. Edited. Top image and some links added.]