When you’re living in the lap of luxury you can afford to be eccentric. You can buy anything your heart desires and no one can say a word even if it’s the most ridiculous thing with an even more ridiculous price tag.
Think exotic cars, beautiful luxury mansions and the finest jewelry, but it doesn’t end there. Submarine or private aircraft? Anyone? When it comes to some of these jaw-droppingly expensive purchases in the world, sometimes the ordinary becomes the extraordinary.
If you’ve got $4.8 billion just lying around burning a hole in your pocket then feel free to purchase the History Supreme, a luxury super yacht with the handiwork of Liverpool-based jeweler Stuart Hughes. Or if you’re anything like Floyd Mayweather, you might be on the lookout to buy one of the most expensive cars in the world.
We can’t help but ask ourselves if people are really buying this stuff and the answer is yes and so much more. Stay tuned as we uncover the 15 of the Most Shockingly Expensive Buys in the World.
15 Levi’s Spin Jeans - $27,000
The jeans are multicolored and whilst they may be every hipster’s dream, they’re undoubtedly every fashionista’s worst nightmare. They’re loud. They’re bold and they’re super expensive. Nevertheless, the jeans were showcased at an art show which went on to become one of the most successful art shows of all-time. Artist Damien Hirst teamed up with the fashion house to celebrate the release of the new denim style and created the pieces of wearable art. There are only 8 available in the world but that may just be 8 pairs too many…
14 Royal Penthouse Suite for a Night - $65,000 per night
If you have $65,000 lying around, then why not spend the night at the Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson in Geneva. It has 12 rooms and 7 bathrooms, a private gym and jacuzzi and takes over the entire eighth floor of the hotel. It’s played host to more than a few famous faces including the likes of Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev as well as Michael Jackson, Rihanna, Bill Gates and even Richard Branson. Guests can look forward to seeing views of the Swiss Alps and indulge in the luxury of having your own personal chef, a butler and a dedicated security team placed at your exclusive beck and call.
13 A Belgian Racing Pigeon - $200,000
What would you say if we were to tell you that a pedigreed Belgian racing pigeon named Blue Prince was sold an auction for $200,000? Who knew racing pigeons could be so valuable! Then again a colony of 218 pigeons went for $1.8 million at the very same auction. Guess there’s something we're missing. Pigeon racing may not be on your list of the top ten favourite sports, but in Asia it seems it’s extremely popular. Or just extreme. We’ll let you decide…
12 Original Apple Computer - $219,249
Can you imagine owning the original Apple computer ever to be invented? Well Italian businessman Marco Boglione won the vintage Apple-1 motherboard as well as accessories at a Christie's auction in November 2010. It has become the most expensive personal computer ever sold at an auction. What’s even more surprising is the fact that the computer first retailed for just $666 when it first came out in 1976.
11 6 litres of wine - $304,375
You know what they say - wine on a Friday makes you whine on a Saturday. We shudder to think what having a six-litre bottle of wine would feel like but perhaps paying the price of $304,375 for it would cause an even bigger headache. It may just be the world's most expensive bottle of wine and its six glorious litres of Cheval Blanc 1947. It was sold at an auction in November 2010 for $304,375, breaking a previous record held at the auction house.
10 A Nine Pound Gold Nugget - $460,000
When something gets sold for more than three times its actual value it’s undoubtedly a jaw-droppingly expensive buy and this 9-pound gold nugget is no exception. The nugget is believed to be the biggest California nugget in existence and was rumoured to have been found where the California Gold Rush took place back in 2010. It took a record breaking 120 seconds of bidding at a Sacramento auction before a buyer secured the absurd purchase and now is the proud owner of the world’s biggest existing gold nugget.
9 Charles Hollander Chess Set - $600,000
With 320 carats of black and white diamonds, the Charles Hollander Chess Set is a sight to behold. There’s only seven of these luxury chess sets ever to have been created in the world. The truly impressive set took over 9,000 hours to create and was crafted from over 1 kilogram of gold and set with 9,900 black and white diamonds, according to Charleshollandercollection.com. It became known as the Royal Diamond Chess Set and was designed by renowned French artist, designer and master of jewelry, Bernard Maquin who just took the game of chess to a whole new level of cool.
8 A Parking Bay - $1 million
I think it’s safe to say that this entry came as the biggest surprise to us. Then again we’re only just halfway through our list and much more lies in store for you dear readers. You have the city of Manhattan to thank for this entry at number 8 which features a $1 million parking spot. It’s located in an eight-story luxurious condominium building over at 66 E. 11th St in downtown Manhattan. Buying it would be the equivalent to paying a $115 ticket for illegal parking every day of your life — for 24 years of your life!
7 Floyd Mayweather’s Personal Car - $5 million
When Floyd Mayweather buys the most expensive car in the world he gets to make it onto our list of Expensive Buys because let’s face it, he earned it. The model is a Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita and is rumoured to shine like millions of diamonds. Mayweather bid farewell to his Ferrari and set his sights on this little upgrade. Some may say it sounds like a fancy espresso machine but the car is coated in custom carbon fibre and can reach 254 miles per hour, going from 0 to 60 in just under 3 seconds. It’s as fast as a bullet and chances are you won’t even see it when it drives past. Either that or the fact that there are only two people on the planet who own a CCXR Trevita so you may not see it anytime soon on US soil unless you happen to cross lanes with Mayweather.
6 Heart of the Ocean - $17 million
Our next expensive buy in the world is a great example of life imitating art and features the Heart of the Ocean necklace. What began as a fictional piece of jewelry worn by Kate Winslet’s character in the movie Titanic went on to become one of the world’s most iconic pieces. Following the film’s huge success, London-based jewelers Asprey & Garrard, the company who created the necklace, was commissioned to make a real necklace in the same design. Soon a platinum-set was born and the 171-carat heart-shaped Ceylon sapphire was surrounded by 103 diamonds and sold to an anonymous buyer for a casual $17 million!
5 A Patek Philippe Watch - $24.4 million
If we are to believe the age old saying that time is money, Patek Philippe is right on the money. The wristwatch in question took over eight years to complete and is now valued at $24.4 million. Luxury watchmakers Patek Philippe & Co are behind the impressive creation which also wins at being the most complicated handmade watch in the world. It is comprised of 900 individual parts, and, according to Sotheby's, "is the most advanced timepiece ever made without the assistance of computers."
4 A 12-Carat Diamond - $48.4 million
We’re not sure what’s more surprising about this next entry at number 4 - the fact that the diamond is valued at around $48.4 million or that the billionaire owner bought it for his 7-year-old daughter? The 12.03-carat diamond is vivid blue in colour and auctioneer David Bennett called it the "highest price per carat" ever obtained for any kind of stone. The Blue Moon Diamond is all kinds of extraordinary and is currently the world's most expensive and largest diamond of all time.
3 A Billion Dollar Home
Yes you’re reading correctly, that’s a B for Billion. India’s richest man calls this $1 billion glass mansion home, which includes not one but nine elevators, a 50-seat entertainment theatre, a two-story recreation centre and last but certainly not least, three helipads. Clearly homeowner Ambani needs to be able to land three helicopters at any given time at the exact same time. Everything about this 22-story tower in Mumbai is extravagant. His garage alone has the capacity to house all 168 of his cars as well as an in-house car service centre, a two-story health club and several swimming pools.
2 The History Supreme Luxury Yacht - $4.8 billion
Luxury yachts have always been a popular choice to have when it comes to millionaires and billionaires showcasing their wealth. The History Supreme takes it to a whole new level and shall we say blows all of them out of the water! It’s the most expensive luxury yacht ever built in history and has the handiwork of Liverpool-based jeweler Stuart Hughes who took 36 months to complete the mammoth project. Some of the grand features include a wall in the master bedroom that is made from meteoric stone and an a 24-carat gold aquarium.
1 The Hope Diamond
The 45.52-carat deep-blue diamond has been valued at hundreds of millions of dollars but the Hope Diamond really is invaluable. You may be just as surprised as us to hear that its price cannot be determined but seeing it’s one of the most infamous pieces of jewelry in world history it starts to make sense. Some say the diamond possesses pure beauty while others believe it to be cursed. Once in the possession of Louis XIV and Harry Winston it now lives its life on display housed in the National Gem and Mineral collection at the National Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C.