Living in the lap of luxury is typically characterized by possessing the items that bring us pleasure, comfort, and an extravagant lifestyle. Of course we couldn't discount accessories that make us feel and look good. Exotic cars, beautiful shoes, even fancy phones come to mind, but it doesn't just end there. Apparently the world’s list of most expensive things includes a delicious breakfast and a chocolately beverage to make all your blues disappear. Alas, presenting a list of the world’s most expensive items, including the ordinary turned extraordinary.
10 Zillion-Dollar Breakfast: $1,000
The infamous $5.99 breakfast special at your favorite diner may have just met its match – a $1,000 match to be precise! You read it correctly, evidently the omelet breakfast at Norma’s Restaurant in New York’s Le Parker Meridien Hotel can cost as much as $1,000. The breakfast is composed of the ‘Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata’ whose price is accredited to the price of the lobster and a considerable amount of sevruga caviar; 10 ounces to be exact. At a cost of $65 per ounce, the sevruga caviar infiltrated breakfast makes it the most notoriously expensive breakfast around.
9 FleurBurger 5000: $5,000
Leave it to Las Vegas to redefine the term ‘real whopper’ and perhaps the way the world thinks about hamburgers forever. Chef Hubert Keller, owner of Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay is responsible for creating one of the world’s most expensive items, a decadent burger. For a price of $5,000, patrons may enjoy the FleurBurger 5000; a Kobe beef patty, which comes with a side of black truffles served on a brioche truffle bun, containing foie gras and a truffle sauce made from more truffles. The meal is paired with a superb bottle of Chateau Petrus 1990, and a side of fries may be possible but that’s unconfirmed.
8 Diamond Martini: $10,000
There are a number of well-known variations on the traditional Martini. The typical cocktail made with gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a lemon twist, those served on the rocks in an old fashioned glass, those dirty, containing a splash of olive brine or olive juice, and of course those shaken for the world’s favorite 007 spy, Mr. Bond. There does exist however, an alternative to all of the above, one which is not only the most ‘female friendly’ version, but also the most luxurious. The world’s most expensive Martini is garnished with something a woman would consider her best friend, that’s right, diamonds; well one diamond to be precise. The ‘diamond martini’ is actually a drink that has a diamond engagement ring at the bottom of a crystal glass. The drink is listed in New York City’s Algonquin Hotel’s Blue Bar menu, and is priced at about $10,000. The price however is not consistent, as the actual cost of the drink is dependant on the value of diamond ring placed in the glass.
7 Frozen Haute Chocolate: $25,000
Where else but New York can you find a dessert priced at $25,000? Serendipity 3 Restaurant on East 60th Street includes a high-end variation of the traditional hot chocolate on their menu. ‘Frrrozen Hot Chocolate’ is a slushy-like dessert, composed of a mix of cocoas and milk, and is infused with five grams of 24-carat gold per serving. It is topped with whipped cream and more gold as well as La Madeline au Truffle. The ‘experience’ as it is referred to, comes along with a gold bracelet as well as a gold spoon. The indulgent dessert was declared the world’s most expensive dessert by Guinness World Records.
6 Diamond Massage: $100,000
Combining relaxation time with precious diamonds, the luxurious diamond massage has redefined self-pampering and de-stressing! Since 2009 when diamond massages embarked into the dimension of holistic healing, this treatment is considered the ultimate in premium pampering, and relaxation, and the pinnacle of specialty massages. During the precious treatment, gemstones (1.5 carat diamonds) are crushed up into powder form and applied all over the skin until the body is completely covered in diamond flecks (a mixture of micronized diamonds and iron). A magnet is later used to remove the gems and iron minerals from the skin’s surface. The treatment’s benefits include several anti-aging effects such as youthful skin, and a deep detoxification protecting the skin against 'electromagnetic wave pollution. While the massage’s full price is $100,000, you may enjoy a rendition at the discounted price of $25,000.
5 Hermes Birkin Handbag: $1.9 Million
It’s no surprise that one of the world’s most expensive handbags shares the name of a Greek God, an Olympian God for that matter. Today, the term Hermes is better known for leather, shoulder straps, and celebrities, rather than a mythological God. A symbol of status, and opulence, Hermes is also responsible for creating the ‘Birkin Bag’, one of the world’s most infamous handbags. Created by handmade leather, the bag is named after actress and singer Jane Birkin and ranges from $7,400 to $150,000 in price, depending on the materials utilized. Combine Hermes and Birkin, and you have one of the most expensive handbags in the world, the Hermes Birkin. Designed by Ginza Tanaka, the Japanese jeweler responsible for creating the gold rocking horse valued at $600,000, this Hermes Birkin handbag may be tiny in size, but features 2,000 diamonds and was sold for a whopping $1.9 million several years ago.
4 Harry Winston Ruby Slippers: $3 Million
Extravagantly priced and equally adored, it seems beautiful stilettos including beloved red bottoms have taken the forefront of luxurious shoes. However it isn't Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo who have designed the world’s most luxurious pair of footwear, it is a gem stone connoisseur. The American jeweler Harry Winston is responsible for designing a pair of Ruby Slippers, which top the list of the world’s most expensive footwear! Valued at approximately $3 million, Harry Winston has designed a pair of Ruby red slippers with 1,350 carats, 4,600 rubies as well as 50 carats of diamonds. Harry Winston’s creation was produced in 1989 in celebration of the 50-year anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.
3 Amour Amour Dog Collars: $3.2 Million
While typically used to control, identify, or style your precious pup, dog collars are known as inexpensive yet quite useful devices. However, there is another class of this dog accessory that has made the most expensive items list. Once labeled the Bugatti of dog collars, the Amour Amour Dog Collar is the most expensive dog collar in the world priced at $3.2 million. The diamond-studded collar uses platinum, 18-carat white gold and crocodile leather (one of the world’s most sought after skins). It yields a chandelier design and is covered in 52 carats, and has over 1,600 hand-set diamonds, with a 7-carat, D-IF (flawless) color-graded brilliant-shaped centerpiece. The collar designed for pampered pooches everywhere, has received much worldwide publicity, being featured on Entertainment shows in the United States, UK, Germany, as well as several blogs.
2 Lamborghini Veneno: $4.5 Million
Designed for Lamborghini’s 50th anniversary, the Lamborghini Veneno is one of the world’s most expensive car. Named after poison (Spanish for veneno), the Italian car outputs a horsepower of 750; allowing brave drivers to go from zero to 60 in 2.8 seconds. The special edition vehicle is ultra exotic and unique, and only four are known to be in existence worldwide.
1 iPhone 4S Elite Gold: $9.4 Million
Officially considered the world’s most expensive phone, Stuart Hughes (designer of overpriced luxury products) has topped himself yet once again, creating a phone designed with 500 individual diamonds, totaling over 100 carats. The back plate is 24 carat gold and the Apple logo is made of 24-carat gold and 53 diamonds. The home navigation button yields a single very rare and flawless natural pink diamond. The diamond is said to be between 7.4-8.6 carats.