Where would you start if you had all the money in the world? A crystal piano to play on your 27-story skyscraper’s rooftop? Or how about a diamond-encrusted watch to complement your solid gold superyacht? If you’re looking for motivation, we’ve got you covered.
This shopping list has something for everyone, from the most expensive sports cars to the world’s most expensive feather! So keep reading and start saving your pennies, since cash reigns supreme on this list.
1. The world’s most expensive rice – US$109 (per kg)
The rice: Toyo Rice Corporation sells rice that is made up of six different rice kinds and was crowned “The World’s Best Rice” at an international rice evaluation contest in 2015.
The cost: US$109 per kilogramme, breaking the previous record for most expensive.
2. The world’s most expensive anti-ageing serum – US$1,800 (per ounce!)
The serum: The JK7 Rejuvenating Serum is a potent skincare product that employs uncommon natural components from all over the world.
The cost: according to Forbes, this is the most expensive anti-ageing serum on the market, and we can see why at US$1,800 per ounce.
3. The world’s most expensive keyboard – US$4,240
Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional HP Japan is the keyboard. The cost is USD 4,240.
The facts: While it may appear that holding the record for highest cost is solely technical in this case, the keyboard’s design components, which include keys hand-coated with Urushi lacquer before being dusted with gold, play a significant influence on the price tag.
You can settle for a more budget-friendly version with their basic model, available on Amazon, which is nearly impossible to track down.
4. The world’s most expensive feather (yes, feather!) – US$10,000
The feather: The Huia bird feather, a now-extinct species, is regarded as one of the world’s most precious feathers.
The asking price is: A Huia bird feather recently sold for a startling US$10,000 at an auction in New Zealand.
The facts: The rarity of this feather adds to its worth. The remaining feathers are the last of their kind, and they’re worth every penny to a wealthy collector.
5. The world’s most expensive LEGO brick – US$14,450
The LEGO block is made of 14-carat gold. According to CNET, the brick was purchased for a whopping US$14,450 by an unknown bidder via the collector website Brick Envy.
The facts: The 25.6-gram brick was first distributed as a gift by LEGO to long-serving employees between 1979 and 1981.
6. The world’s most expensive mug – over US$33,000
The mug: Yoo Long Kim Kee Gold Store in Bangkok, Thailand, produced the 23-carat gold mug that Nestle Thai Ltd. purchased. The cost: Nestle Thai paid US$33,842 for the mug in 2008.
7. The world’s most expensive tooth sold at auction: over US$36,000
The tooth: It was rumoured to be John Lennon’s. The cost is US$36,857.
The facts: The teeth were purchased at a charity auction in 2011 by Canadian Dr Michael Zuk. We don’t get it either, but as long as it’s for a good cause.
8. The world’s most expensive headphones – US$50,000
Sennheiser HE 1 are the headphones (Orpheus). The cost: USD 50,000.
Here are the facts: According to DigitalTrends.com, Sennheiser’s obscenely costly headphones are nothing short of a “marvel of modern engineering.”
The world’s most costly headphones are made up of 6,000 parts and include a marble stand, vaporised gold ceramic electrodes, quartz glass vacuum tubes, and unrivalled sound.
9. The world’s most expensive bottle of water sold at auction – US$60,000
The bottle: Amadeo Clemente Modigliani’s artwork is featured on the glass water bottle, which is coated in 24-carat gold.
The asking price is: The costly glass water bottle was sold for US$60,000 at an auction conducted by Planet Foundation A.C. in 2004.
The facts: The auction’s revenues were donated to an organisation that fights global warming.
10. The world’s most expensive turntable – US$112,000
The turntable is a Continuum Caliburn turntable made in Melbourne, Australia by Continuum Audio Laboratories PTY.
The cost: prices start at US$112,000 and go higher from there. The details: The turntable has a magnesium platter that is suspended by a magnetic mechanism.
11. The world’s most expensive perfume – US$205,000
Clive Christian No1 “Imperial Majesty” is a limited edition 10-bottle collection from Clive Christian. The asking price is: The perfume was created as a limited edition release in 2005 and cost US$205,000 per 500ml.
The facts: Even outside of its premium limited-edition release, the Clive Christian No1 perfume for both men and women costs US$2,355 per 30 ml, making it the most expensive perfume in the world.
12. The world’s most expensive script from a film – over US$300,000
The Godfather script, written by Marlon Brando, is 173 pages long. The price: In 2005, at a Christie’s auction, the script was sold to an unidentified buyer.
13. The world’s most expensive diamond chess set – US$500,000
The chess set is by Charles Hollander. The cost is US$500,000. The facts: This chess set was one of just seven made, and it contains 320 carats of black and white diamonds.
You could come across another set dubbed the Jewel Royale online, with a price tag of US$9.8 million – but this set was never made, leaving the Charles Hollander set as the record holder.
14. The world’s most expensive pair of shoes ever worn in a film – US$666,000
The ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz hold the distinction for being the most costly shoes ever worn in a film (1939).
The asking price is: The pair of shoes was first sold at auction in 1998, setting the same record at the time with a sale price of US$165,000, and would go on to shatter and re-set the record in 2000 at a Christie’s auction when they were sold for US$660,000.
15. The world’s most expensive bathtub – US$845,000
In the tub: The world’s most costly bathtub is made of 20,000 pounds of Amazonian crystal stone and measures six feet by six inches long and weighs over 4,000 pounds.
The asking price is: This handcrafted bathtub was available for purchase at Harrods in London for US$845,000.
Here are the facts: The world-record-breaking tub was created by Luca Bojola of the Baldi interiors company and features diamond cuts and partially rough surfaces to highlight the crystal pieces’ natural beauty.
16. The world’s most expensive species in captivity – US$1 million annual leasing fee – to start
Giant Pandas are the species in question, and no, you cannot own one.
The asking price is: Four zoos in the United States were paying the Chinese government a $1 million annual leasing charge for a pair of Giant Pandas at the time this record was set.
The facts: The zoo paid the Chinese government US$2 million in research and conservation costs, as well as one-time fees when the pandas were born (usually US$600,000 for the pair).
17. The world’s most expensive bed – US$1.6 million
Magnetic Floating Bed is the name of the bed. The asking price is US$1.6 million. The facts: Yes, this is a floating bed.
As in, it floats above the earth while you sleep. The bed is suspended in the air and can hold 2,000 pounds thanks to cutting-edge technology.
18. The world’s most expensive television – US$2.25 million
Stuart Hughes Prestige HD Supreme Rose Edition television. The cost is 2.25 million dollars.
The facts: Bling is the x-factor here, with diamond buttons made of 18-carat pink gold and 48 extra diamonds utilised in the frame of the Prestige HD television.
The Titan Zeus, which costs US$1.6 million according to BBC News Hub, gets an honourable mention. This is the big-ticket item for you if you care less about the sparkle and more about the size.
19. The world’s most expensive clock sold at auction: over US$3 million
The clock is an Ormolu-mounted Ebony Grande Sonnerie by Louis XVI. The price was set at US$3,001,294 at auction.
20. The world’s most expensive comic book – US$3.2 million
Action Comics #1 is the title of the first issue. The asking price is $3,207,852. The facts: In 2014, Metropolis Collectibles purchased the comic in an online eBay auction.
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