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Some of the most ridiculously expensive things ever (23 Photos)
Chess Set: Charles Hollander
With 320 carats of black and white diamonds only seven of these luxury chess sets have ever been created. Although another set known as the Jewel Royale has been rumored by some websites to be the most expensive in the world at $9.8 million it was never actually created and remains little more than a concept.
Burger: Le Burger Extravagant
Sold at Serendipity 3 in New York City this deliciously expensive hamburger is held together with a solid gold, diamond-encrusted toothpick.
Car: 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO
Price: $35 million
Not long ago this 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO became the most expensive car ever when it was sold in the United Kingdom to a private collector.
Camera: Susse Freres daguerreotype camera
Dating back to 1839, this daguerreotype camera sold at auction in 2007 is believed to be the oldest commercially manufactured camera in the world.
Price: $1,200 per square meter (Business real estate)
Although London and Paris were the previous contenders for this position, today three of the most expensive cities in the world are all found in Japan.
Hotel Room: Royal Penthouse Suite, Hotel President Wilson in Geneva
Price: $65,000 per night
With 10 rooms and 7 bathrooms this 18,000 square foot suite takes up the entire eighth floor of the hotel. And as for the amenities, there are frankly too many to name. Basically, anything you could ever want or ask for is likely at your disposal.
Television: PrestigeHD Supreme Rose Edition
Price: $2.3 million
Covered in hand sewn alligator skin studded with an obnoxious amount of diamonds this television is supposedly designed to make viewing a pleasure whether it’s on or off.
Piano: Heintzman Crystal
Price: $3.22 million
Made in Beijing this 9 foot piano was recently purchased at auction by a private bidder.
Cigar: Gurkha Black Dragon
Price: $1,150 each
Introduced in 2006, these Honduran cigars arrive on your doorstep in a chest constructed out of camel bone. Unfortunately I regret to inform the cigar enthusiasts among you that only 5 chests were ever produced.
Motorcycle: Dodge Tomahawk V10 Superbike
This four wheeled 1,500 lb monster goes from 0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds with a top speed above 300 mph.
Watch: Haute Joaillerie from Chopard
Price: $25 million
While it looks more like a glittery mess than anything useful for telling time, this diamond studded watch apparently struck somebody’s fancy.
Champagne: Heidsieck Monopole 1907
In the late 90′s an underwater search party stumbled across a century old shipwreck containing 2,000 bottles of this French champagne.
Speakers: Transmission Audio Ultimate System
Price: $2 million
Weighing in at over 5 tons these units are made out of aircraft aluminum and spans nearly 40ft.
Painting: Number 5, 1948
Price: $140 million
While Jackson Pollock’s work has certainly drawn its share of criticism for obvious reasons, any person that can shower a canvas with blobs of paint and then sell it for 7 figures probably doesn’t care very much about what other people think.
House: Antillia Mumbai
Price: $1 billion
Named after the mythical Atlantic island of Antillia, this house in downtown Mumbai, India has over 600 full time staff. Indian media has frequently reported that Antilia is the most expensive home in the world. Hopefully the 27-floor home is enough space for the billionaire businessman who owns it.
Picture: Rhein II
Price: $4 million
Although Andreas Gursky is famous for his colorful landscapes, this one of the Rhein river in Germany is little more than green and grey.
Sculpture: L’Homme qui marche (Walking Man)
Price: $104.3 million
As the most expensive piece of art to ever sell at auction, the Walking Man just edged out the former title holder, Pablo Picasso’s Boy with a Pipe.
Ring: Chopard Blue Diamond
Price: $16.26 million
There are very few more efficient ways of implicitly begging people to rob you than wearing a $16 million ring on your finger.
Feather: Extinct Huia Bird
Just a single feather from the extinct Huia bird went for almost $10,000 at an auction in New Zealand.
Cellphone: iPhone 3GS Supreme Rose by Stuart Hughes
Price: $2.97 million
If you think you have trouble keeping track of your phone in crowded places then just imagine owning this pricey little gadget.
Domain Name: Insure.com
Price: $16 million
When Quinstreet, the California based marketing firm, bought insure.com in 2009 they went down in the Guinness Book of World Records for owning the most expensive domain name ever.
Drawing: Raphael’s Head of a Muse
Price: $47.9 million
Although it was estimated to sell at only $20 million it ended up going for over twice that at a 2009 auction by Christie’s London.
Parking Spot: Manhattan
Price: $1 million
Located in eight-story luxury condominium building at 66 E. 11th St in downtown Manhattan, this million dollar parking spot is worth more than 6 times the national price of a single family home.