14 Ordinary Things With Outrageous Price Tags
Imagine you’ve got an extra million bucks. What would you spend it on? Would you buy popcorn or a bath for your pet?
Bright Side found 14 things that cost so much it’s wrong. And at the end of the article, you’ll see how even the most precious thing there is has been bought too.
14. Popcorn — $250
Even popcorn can be an item of luxury if you cook it with crunchy crumbs and the very best ingredients (organic sugar from Vermont, the most expensive salt from Denmark, select butter and vanilla). Prices start at $250 per gallon, and, for true gourmets, there’s white truffle popcorn.
13. Haute Couture Condoms — $279
Chanel issued condoms for Valentine’s Day. The fashion house said it was a joke, but then Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton followed its example.
12. Boomerang — $1,325
A VIP boomerang by Chanel as an accessory. It’s nice when your financial investments return right into your hands.
11. Cat — $10,000
Khao Manee, or the Diamond Eye cat, is an ancient breed originating from Thailand and known for its beautiful gem-like eyes which can be blue or gold. But by far the most valued cats are those who combine the 2 colors: their price can reach $7,000 to $11,000.
10. LEGO Block — $12,500
A rare Lego block made from 14 karat gold was made in the early ’80s for employees who had worked at the Lego factory for over 25 years (Hohenwestedt, Germany). An anonymous buyer purchased such a block on eBay for $12,500.
9. Belt Buckle — $25,000
What can be sophisticated about a buckle? Roland Iten gave an answer: their buckle is a mechanical masterpiece assembled in Geneva. To create this high-precision Swiss mechanism, 9 months of work, the best materials, and world-class production methods are required. That’s where the cost comes from.
8. Diamond Bath for Puppies — $39,000
If you love your pet and have an extra $39,000, then you’ll be pleased to know there’s a diamond bathtub for puppies encrusted with 45,000 Swarovski crystals.
7. Dominoes — $147,000
Lieb Manufaktur makes luxury board games, and their next creation is a set of dominoes made from hard gold with 168 diamonds in a marble box. It’s a true masterpiece, and connoisseurs will definitely prize it.
6. Vinyl Music Player — $210,000
This device plays vinyl discs with unrivaled precision and quality, and its stylish design only adds to its luxury.
5. Barbie — $302,500
One of the most expensive Barbie dolls in the world was made by the famous jewelry designer Stefano Canturi. This doll was sold at an auction in Sydney in 2010. She has a necklace with a rare pink diamond surrounded by white ones. All profits from selling the doll were sent to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
4. Exclusive Bathtub — $800,000
Baldi-Harrods sculpted a luxurious bathtub from a single piece of rock crystal. The first such piece sold for €700,000. At the moment, the company is preparing a second one, though of a smaller size. It will cost about $800,000.
3. Handbag — $1,900,000
This luxury handbag by Hermes Birkin Ginza Tanaka is made of pure platinum inlaid with 2,000 transparent diamonds. It also has a diamond belt that can be unclasped and used as a necklace or bracelet.
2. Toilet — $2,500,000
The Guggenheim Museum exhibits a golden toilet that is a precise copy of the real toilet made by Kohler. Curiously, for a certain fee, anyone may use the exhibit for its primary purpose.
1. Building — $1,000,000,000
It’s the largest private apartment building in the world, with 9 elevators, parking with 168 spaces on its first 6 floors, a personal car service on the 7th floor, a 50-person theatre on the 8th, a spa salon, several swimming pools, and 3 helicopter landings. The engineering of the building allows it to withstand an earthquake of 8.0 on the Richter Scale.
As a reply to all the excesses above and more, designer Kazuki Guzmán created this piece. It not only shows that art is in the mundane and available to everyone but demonstrates the absurdity of the idea that a brand makes an item unique. These bananas will rot like any others, and branding won’t save them from it.
Bonus: the priceless thing that was bought
Ian Usher auctioned his life in 2008. He was so frustrated with his life that he decided to sell it, along with all his possessions and contacts. The starting bid was $1. A week later, an anonymous buyer paid more than $300,000 for the lot. Usher, in his turn, made his dream come true: he began traveling the world and then bought an island in the Caribbean.