With a Latin motto meaning “All Things for All People, Everywhere,” a yearly revenue of over $1 Billion (2012), 12,000 employees, and world famous departments (including food halls), Harrod’s is the most distinguished department store in all of Europe. Infamous for its upscale luxury brands and equally prestigious legacy, the British Department store founded by Charles Henry Harrod in 1834, has been referred to as “the Mecca” (of department stores) from the former owner himself, Mohamed Al Fayed.
The billionaire businessman, and father of the late Dodi Al Fayed (boyfriend of the late Princess Diana of Wales), sold Harrods for $2.5 billion in May of 2010 to ‘the sovereign wealth fund of the emirate of Qatar.’ Today Harrod’s boasts 330 department stores, 32 restaurants, personal shopping assistants (by appointment), a pharmacy, beauty spa & salon, financial services, a sommelier (or wine steward), and an ongoing list of any product or service the 300,000 daily visitors could yearn for; and yes that includes gold bars and coins.
The luxury retailer has offered "off the shelf" gold products ranging from 1g to 12.5 kg since 2009; but the lavish items don't end there. With a box of chocolates priced at $10,000, a kilogram of tea imported from Eastern Asia is a steal at almost $8,000. If you're interested in shopping for something extraordinary, get ready because we've tracked down 15 of the most exclusive and expensive items ever sold at Harrod’s.
14 Ambootia Snowmist: $7,864/kg
13 Patchi Chocolates: $10,000/Box
12 PG Tips Tea Bag: $15,250
11 Eye Catcher: $15,729
10 Factor 001: $36,000
9 Eton Shirt: $44,740
8 Diamond Manicure: $51,000
7 Krug Trunk: $54,000
6 Vi-spring Eco-Bed: $84,425
5 Clive Christian No.1 Perfume: $232,645
4 Baldi-Harrods Crystal Bathtub: $790,000
3 Advent Calendar: $1 Million
2 Stuart Weitzman’s Ruby Slippers: $1.6 Million
1 Project Mars: $165 Million
Topping the list for the most expensive item ever sold at Harrod’s is the luxury yacht, Project Mars. While the lavish yacht features a horseshoe shaped exterior lounge, it is adorned with multiple luxury amenities including a VIP room, children’s quarter, a private ‘Beach Club’, private gym, and a jacuzzi. Project Mars was created by Fincantieri Yachts and H2 Yacht Design, and is manned by a 34-person crew.
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