In the last installment of The World’s Most Expensive Everyday Objects, we talked about wedding dresses worth $12 million, Beyonce’s Cartier diamond pacifier baby gift, and a plate of sushi that comes with a side order of diamonds. Today, we are going to take a look at the only model car worth double what a real version of the same luxury car would cost, an iPhone only Steve Jobs could afford, and a Christmas tree that needs no gifts under it to make it a very merry Christmas indeed!
9. Purse – Many women will admit to having coveted a designer handbag that cost upwards of $2,000, and a few of us may have even splurged on a fine leather purse from an Italian designer boutique, but it would take a whole pile of Birkins and Dooney and Burke bags to compete in price with this purse from jeweler House of Mouwad. The “1001 Nights” purse is a small, heart-shaped evening bag made of platinum and 18-carat gold. The diamond-encrusted purse has a grand total of 4,517 diamonds, including 105 fancy yellow diamonds and 56 rare pink diamonds. The entire handbag will set you back $3.8 million.
10. Tea bag – Considering a box of tea comes with about 50 tea bags and costs about $4, the lowly teabag doesn’t seem like an object ripe for diamond-encrusting. But sure enough, the British tea company PG Tips has created a 75th anniversary edition of their special tea blend that comes in a one-of-a-kind tea bag encrusted with 280 small diamonds. That dazzling cup of tea can be yours for just $13,000.
11. Model car – Since this list covers only inexpensive household items, the real Bugatti Veyron luxury car, at €1million, would not be eligible. But this model car, made at 1:18 scale and a near-perfect replica of the real deal recreated in 7 kilograms of 24 karat gold and platinum, is a definite contestant for Most Expensive Item in the World. The crowning touch on this €2 million toy is the 7.2 carat flawless diamond adorning the front grill.
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12. Suit – A designer suit might cost you thousands of dollars, but it probably won’t cost anything close to what this one-of-a-kind cashmere suit is worth. Over 600 hours of masterful tailoring went into the creation of this €600,000 suit, which is also encrusted in diamonds—480 of them, to be precise.
13. iPhone – Apple aficionados are famous for doing whatever it takes to get their hands on the latest Apple products first, but even the most die-hard Jobs junkies would have a hard time coming up with the $2.5 million they would need to buy the limited edition Diamond iPhone. With a rim of gold surrounding the iconic touchscreen, and 138 small diamonds surrounding the outer edge of the phone, this iPhone would be luxurious enough. But the real crowning touch is the 6.6 carat diamond that serves as the single button below the touchscreen.
14. Christmas tree – Whoever first said “All I want for Christmas is you” might change her mind once she sees this Christmas tree, which costs over €1 million. The tree itself is made of 24-karat gold, and is draped with 240 diamonds and strings of pearls instead of tinsel. The whole creation weighs over 21 kilograms—making it a pretty nice Christmas gift to whoever has been especially “nice” this year!
15. Bikini – How fitting that one of the smallest items on this list is also the most expensive—by far. The famous Steinmetz Diamonds bikini is a jaw-dropping creation made entirely of diamonds and platinum. The diamond-encrusted swimsuit is probably not meant for swimming in, as it is set with some of the world’s finest and most expensive diamonds. There are a pair of 8-carat pear shaped diamonds, another pair of 15 carat round diamonds, a 30-carat emerald cut diamond, and an incredibly rare 51-carat diamond. All told, 150 carats worth of flawless, D-color diamonds adorn this incredibly skimpy bikini—which is priced at a whopping $30 million.