Life is meant to be lived in luxury, right? In some ways we all spend extra money to enjoy the finger things in life. Maybe you order the filet mignon at dinner instead of the chop. Perhaps you opt for the $50 bottle of wine rather than the $20. Well, if you want to talk real luxury then you had best keep on reading. Listed below are 11 of the world’s most mind blowingly expensive things.
The iPhone 4S Elite Gold: $9 million.
If you are an avid Apple fan then you probably think of the iPhone as one of the greatest inventions known to man. If you aren’t an iPhone user or an Apple fan then you probably find the whole lot of users to be rather pretentious. Either way your original opinion will be backed by the sight of the iPhone 4S Elite Gold model. This iPhone is worth a cool $9 million and takes its place atop the mantle as the world’s most highly valued phone. Stuart Hughes is the designer and he used 500 diamonds, which came to a total of over 100 carats, to get the details of the case just right. The home button is even spruced up with a flawless pink diamond which sits at around 8 carats. While this is definitely a Tommy Haverford level of ballin we still have trouble not dropping our phone in the toilet after a night of drinking. We’ll pass.
Manhattan Parking Spot: $1 million.
Parking in urban areas is a problem. We get it. Paying upwards of $20 to $30 an hour just to leave your car on the side of a busy street or inside of a crowded parking garage doesn’t seem like a very good deal. In Manhattan the issue has gotten so bad that now private parking spots are starting to really be worth money. In fact, if you are looking to buy a spot in downtown Manhattan you can bust out $1 million, 6 or 7 times the price of a house, and have one of your own. Call it an investment in the future. We’re actually not kidding. With the way parking spots are gaining value you could end up making a fortune in the long run. Still, it’d be pretty hard to pass over $1 million for an empty space of concrete in a parking garage. We never said it was easy being rich. Maybe we’ll just take the bus….
Heintzman Crystal Piano: $3.2 million.
Do you want the most expensive piano in the world sitting in your foyer? Well, why wouldn’t you? We are actually of the mind that this could be considered one of the most expensive instruments on the planet but we aren’t sure exactly. In any case, this Heintzman Crystal Piano recently was sold for a jaw dropping $3.22 million in Beijing just a few years ago to a private bidder. We aren’t sure if the buyer can actually play and we are definitely sure that this thing will be a pain to tune. Either way, what ever makes you happy right? We’re pretty sure we remember how to play Chopsticks on the ivory….
Lamborghini Veneno: $4.5 million
We’ve finally drifted (get it?) into the realm of an item that actually has usage for its insane price tag. The name Lamborghini has always heralded a sort of luxury and even their regular cars will cost you your life’s fortune to get a hold of. Now you can step things up even more by getting your hands on the Lamborghini Veneno. The Veneno, which is Spanish for ‘poison’, was designed for the company’s 50th anniversary and it has all of the trappings of the luxury and legendary car production company. This car has a horsepower of 750, can go 0 to 60 in under 3 seconds, and to top it all off: there are only four in the entire world. You can rest assured that you’ll attract stares when you take this bad boy out on the pavement. Hey, maybe you could buy that Manhattan parking space too.
Preserved Dead Tiger Shark: $12 million.
Art is subjective, we know this, but nature rarely is. Tiger sharks are beautiful, dangerous, and violent creatures that have roamed the earth for millions of years. Now you can have one in your living room if you so desire. Considered an ‘art-piece’ we recently heard of a preserved tiger shark, contained in a large tank full of formaldehyde, selling for upwards of $12 million dollars. For $12 million you could probably go on enough fishing expeditions to capture a live one if you so wished. Still, ethics aside this is an incredible conversation starter to have looming over your living room. We suggest that single individuals skip out on spending the dime for this creature. It might send the wrong message when you bring your date back home with you. Slightly predatory, a little bit morbid, and definitely way too expensive.
Insure.com Domain: $16 million.
There was a point in time where domain names were as plentiful as grains of sand. You could literally pluck them off the internet for pennies. Feel bad about missing on Apple or Microsoft stock? Nah, feel bad about missing out on the domain name rush. Who knew this internet thing would catch on? The domain insure.com is available for a mouth watering $16 million. Right now it is owned by a California based firm by the name of Quinstreet. It’s the most expensive domain ever bought and sold. And it could have been ours if we just were quicker on the draw so many years ago. Oh well, live and learn. We’re still convinced that onealmond.com will take off.
Jackson Pollock’s Painting #5: $140 million
Jackson Pollock is a firm reminder to every artist in the world: never give up. His style is far from unique but it is definitively his own in the world of pop art. Perhaps more than anything Pollock is a reminder of the true subjectivity of artwork. In any event one of his paintings, the #5, 1948, ended up getting sold for a rock solid $140 million. If you are the kind of person to go gaga over artwork then you probably want to start scraping pennies together now. Or you could just put a canvas in front of your toddler and hand them a few different colors of paint. Either way you are likely to get something resembling Pollock’s work to hang up above your Ikea brand furniture. Just don’t say we didn’t tell you so when people ‘don’t get it’.
The Card Players Painting: $260 million.
There is a true disparity in both the high end and low end of art work value. When my kid scribbles something on the paper it is worthless. Garbage, really. When French artiste Paul Cezzane paints two men playing cards at a table, well, it’s worth $260 million in cool cash. The Royal Family of Al Thani, located in Qatar, spent that small fortune to purchase this painting. Good for them, right?
Villa Leopolda: $500 million.
Alright, you need a place to stay and you want to get out of your parents house. Well, if you are looking to move toward the French Riviera then we have just the place. The Villa Leopolda was recently sold for a staggering $506 million and we can safely say that the buyer got one heck of a deal. The sprawling home is located on the French Riviera and it was once a hospital during World War II.
The Antillia Mumbai House: $2 billion.
Have you been complaining about rent prices being too high? Want to invest in a home that’ll reward you in the future. Yeah, probably you would be interested in the Antillia Mumbai home which is located in downtown, you guessed it, Mumbai in India. This house is a Tony Stark like reminder to the world that luxury can be very explicit. The home is 34 stories tall, built to survive earthquakes rated 8.0 and lower, and it has enough parking on hand to host 160 cars — plenty of room for dinner guests! You have three different helipads and a view of the entire city at your feet. What are you waiting for? Let’s sign an offer sheet today!
The Yacht History Supreme: $4.5 billion.
We all get the urge to go on the ocean at some point in our lives. Perhaps we are taken up by the great mystery that the depths of the sea has to offer. Or, probably more accurately, we all want to suntan on the deck of our own yacht while we are served cold wine and fresh fruit. Yeah, actually it is definitely the latter. Well, if you have a spare $4.5 billion floating around in your bank account you can hit the sea with the most expensive boat known to mankind: the Yacht History Supreme. This yacht is far fancier than your average billionaire’s yacht. In fact, the ship is played with over 22 THOUSAND pounds of platinum and silver. You are shining on the water as you cut through waves or lounge in them lazily. Don’t dare believe that the interior is any less supreme. Inside of this beautiful yacht you’ll find statues made out of dinosaur bones and entire wine glass selections made out of 18 carat gold. It must be tough having so much money and figuring out how to spend it all. This ship was so extravagant that it was deemed a fake when the news first came out in 2011. We’ve since learned that this yacht is, indeed, as real and ridiculous as it sounds.