The Most Expensive Things in The World
If you have the cash to burn and the time to burn it, then thinking about buying the most expensive things in the world will probably seem like a good way to spend a few hours…
However, more likely, you are here because you just want to marvel at the types of things that people are willing to spend their money on… read on – you’re in for a treat!
Roman Abramovich’s Yacht
Roman Abramovich is not only a wealthy business man; he is also the owner of Chelsea Football Club (one of the biggest teams in the Premier League), the 53rd richest person in the world, and the owner of some very extravagant purchases, including a humungous yacht. In 2010, he bought his yacht named ‘Eclipse’, the biggest in the world. It is a massive 557 feet in length, and boasts many luxurious features as well as helicopters, a mini submarine, and missile and laser defence systems to keep the paparazzi and journalists at bay. One of the most expensive things in the world, Abramovich paid a whopping £800 million for it.
In 2008, a huge 35.56 carat diamond was sold at an auction in Christie’s London. Not only was the rare gem said to have a rich heritage and fascinating history, it was also a unique blue-grey colour which meant that this little beauty went for an amazing $24.3 million.
Transmission Audio Speakers
We all like good quality sound systems, and quite often surround sound systems in particular are the best way to fully immerse yourself in the action of a film. But how much would you realistically pay for a speaker system? $100? $400? $1000? How about $2 million? In all fairness, the Transmission Audio Ultimate System speakers are about 37 feet long, but $2 million still sounds like a lot! Made of aluminium and graphite, the pair of speakers weigh in at 5 tons, and have 12 components. If you have a TV room big enough to accommodate these monstrous speakers, they may well be the best surround sound system in the world, but a slightly smaller one will definitely do the job – and could save you a few million dollars in the process!
The standard iPhone 3GS can set you back a few hundred pounds, but when it comes to special technology like the ‘Supreme Rose’ by Stuart Hughes, a lucky (and obviously very wealthy) businessman in Australia bought this particular iPhone for an astounding £1.92 million. The phone was made out of 22 carat gold and the main navigational button, edges and ‘Apple’ icon on the reverse boasted a beautifully ‘blingy’ cluster of 53 diamonds.
Raphael’s ‘Head of A Muse’ Drawing
Whether you are a fan of art or not, you will be aware that people will pay ridiculous amounts just to call a painting or drawing their own. Auctions held at Christie’s in London see some fascinating things pass through its lots. In 2009, Raphael’s famous drawing went at auction for a huge sum of £30.5 million – not bad considering it is only a black chalk drawing on paper!
Buying the most expensive things in the world can almost seem like a bit of a competition between all the people on the World’s Most Rich list, and as you can see, people are willing to spend almost anything on winning this abstract competition!