Money may not be able to buy us love, but there are a lot of other things it can buy. When a person has more dough than they know what to do with, their spending can get really interesting—and frivolous. Their purchases can give the rest of us some insight as to how the other half lives.
These 20 items might be some of the most expensive in the entire world, but that didn’t stop the wealthy from snapping them up! You’ll be amazed at what money can really buy…
1. Feather of a Huia bird ($10,000): Though this bird is now extinct, its feathers were once used to adorn the headdresses of Maori chiefs in Polynesia. Its extinction has only made its plumage more valuable, as this price tag indicates!
2. Charles Hollander chess set ($600,000): This chess set uses more than 320 carats worth of black and white diamonds to make for an exceptionally rich game of chess. In fact, only seven of these sets exist in the entire world!
3. Manhattan parking spot ($1 million): Space is at a premium in New York City, and that doesn’t just go for housing. This parking spot in downtown Manhattan went for six times the amount of the average American home…
4. Magnetic floating bed ($1.6 million): Believe it or not, some people are willing to pay a pretty penny for a good night’s sleep! This bed “floats” thanks to magnets; it can support up to 2,000 pounds.
5. PrestigeHD Supreme Rose Edition television ($2.3 million): This TV is designed to look just as wonderful turned off as it does on. The metal is made of all gold, and hand-sewn alligator skin studded with diamonds covers the exterior. But… how many HDMI ports does it have?
6. Crystal piano ($3.2 million): While this piano looks unique in its own right, the fact that it played at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympic Games is what really made it so appealing to one big-spending bidder.
7. A photograph called Rhein II ($4.3 million): This photograph by German artist Andreas Gursky was first snapped in 1999. It wasn’t until 2011, however, that a print of the original sold for such an astronomical rate.
8. Gold-plated Bugatti Veyron ($10 million): The Middle Eastern billionaire who owns this car had it specially commissioned to make sure that he turned heads when he drove by. Mission accomplished!
9. “Dead Shark” art piece ($12 million): The official name of this work of art by Damien Hirst is The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living … but everyone just calls it “Dead Shark.”
10. Diamond panther bracelet ($12.4 million): This diamond-covered bracelet isn’t just valuable for its stones. It was a gift from Edward VIII to his lover, Wallis Simpson, for whom he would later give up the English throne.
11. The domain “Insure.com” ($16 million): People aren’t afraid to spend money when it comes to making sure they’ve got a stellar web presence. California-based marketing firm Quinstreet took it to another level when they purchased this domain for a ridiculous price.
12. The “Perfect Pink” ($23 million): People take their pink diamonds very seriously! This exceptionally rare cut of gemstone was sold at Christie’s auction house in New York to an anonymous buyer.
13. Watch made from 201-carat gemstones ($25 million): This watch made by the Swiss company Chopard is a whopping 201 carats and features 874 diamonds. Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, indeed!
14. A 1963 Ferrari GTO ($52 million): This cherry red beauty was picked up by an American buyer in the United Kingdom for more money than most people will ever see in the bank! Somebody clearly likes their cars.
15. The Graff pink diamond ($56 million): British billionaire Laurence Graff is the proud owner of this 24-carat diamond. The diamond is often compared to Champagne, which is notably less expensive than this rock.
16. The Garçon à la Pipe painting ($104 million): True art lovers with money to spend aren’t afraid to throw the stuff around. This painting by Pablo Picasso, which sold for a very pretty penny, is evidence of that.
17. The Card Players ($275 million): The royal family of Qatar bought this oil painting by French artist Paul Cézanne. The price they paid for it makes the painting the second most expensive work of art ever sold.
18. Villa Leopolda ($506 million): This giant home was once a hospital during World War II. Now, this palatial estate located in Villefranche-sur-Mer on the French Riviera is pure luxury.
19. Antilia ($1 billion): This billionaire-owned home is so massive that it can house up to 160 cars inside its garage alone. It was also constructed with safety in mind, and it’s said to be earthquake-safe.
20. The History Supreme yacht ($4.5 billion): This isn’t your average boat, folks! This yacht is made out of platinum and gold and it contains sculptures made of actual dinosaur bones. Because why not?
Some people are more than willing to part with serious piles of cash when it comes to getting exactly what they want! Can you imagine spending this much?
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