Friday, April 4, 2014

How To Spend Your Winnings: World's Most Expensive..

If someone is already rich beyond many people’s wildest dreams, how do they achieve that special feeling of ‘splashing out’ on something? If you and your peers can afford everything then how does one show off?
The answer appears to be to buy the most outlandish and expensive things. An item that almost anyone can own has been altered just enough and made with such materials to ensure that it cost the most, although judging by the following list, correct as of May 2013, there is no accounting for taste.

House

In Mumbai, India, your humble abode could be in Atilia where a price starting from $1 billion will get you a 400,000 square foot sky scraper with underground parking, 3 helicopter pads and a ‘health’ level to call home. Not a bad use of bricks and mortar.

Car

Such is the price of the $3.9 million Lamborghini Veneno only 3 have actually been made. Surprisingly, or maybe not, the fastest “only” ranks number 3 most expensive at a much more reasonable $2.4 million.

Handbag

The Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse, made of 4,517 diamonds and 18kt gold took 10 people 8,800 hours to create. The result is an exquisite heart shaped purse valued at $3.8 million which actually sounds quite reasonable given the jewels and craft.

Watch

Time is precious however watches appear to be priceless. Literally in the case of the Jaeger Le Coultre Joallene Manchette, with no actual listing price this silver and sapphire crystal watch comes adorned with a choice of diamonds or onyx cabochons. The estimated value is anywhere over $26 million.

Record

Given that all songs can be streamed online at the click of a mouse and carried around on an mp3 there is something quite touching about the value placed on owning a physical record. The actual existence and the history of the object adding to its monetary value gives this writer a sense of hope in an otherwise crazy world of riches.

Such is the power behind the story of the most expensive record it stopped me in my tracks. On 8th December 1980 Mark David Chapman asked John Lennon to sign a copy of his and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy album, five hours later he shot him fatally. Used in the court case for Chapman’s fingerprints and with Lennon’s signature this went for £400,000 in 1999.

Pet

The Chinese Crested Hairless puppy will set you back for around $4,000, famed for winning the world’s ugliest dog title. Alternatively an English Bulldog could cost around $3,000. If dogs are a little too mundane how about a White Lion Cub for $138,000? Although it would be wise to consider Siegfried and Roy at this point.

To consider how much an animal costs is a wonderful paradox because the animal itself is blissfully unaware of the concept of money. They do not know of food prices, working for a living, luxury accommodation or a trip to the barbers. All that matters in their world is companionship, food, love and shelter. In return they will give you unquestionable loyalty. On that note I think I’ll end this article there.

Thanks to Dave from www.webuydamagedcars.co.uk for supplying us with this post. Dave is a huge fan of cars and contributes regularly to motoring blogs.

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