From the world's most expensive car (US$12 million) to the world's most expensive home (US$150 million), see some of the world's most expensive stuff on the planet, proving financial crisis is not affecting all of us.
1World's Most Expensive Car ($12.15 million)
A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa was sold at 9.02 million euros ($12.15 million) at an auction, setting a new world record for the most expensive car ever sold at auction, according to RM Auctions, which organized the event. It was stated that the price -which includes a 10 percent buyer's premium on top of the "hammer price-" is nearly 2 million euros more than the previous record set at a similar auction at Ferrari's headquarters a year ago.
Only 22 Scaglietti-designed Testa Rossas with the signature pontoon fenders were built by Ferrari between 1957 and 1958. It was a formidable racer - a 300 horsepower V12 and nimble handling will do that - and Testa Rossas won 10 of the 19 races they entered between 1958 and 1961.
2World's Most Expensive Home ($150 million)
Updown Court is currently the most expensive residence in the world, costing about $50 million more than the priciest U.S. home - more than 85 million British pounds (+$ 150 million USD). The brand-new property is totally over the top, with 103 rooms, five swimming pools and 24-carat-gold leafing on the study's mosaic floor. There's a squash court, bowling alley, tennis court, 50-seat screening room, heated marble driveway and helipad. Eight limousines will fit in the underground garage. Then there are the neighbors, who include the queen (at Windsor Castle) and Elton John. It is listed with Savills and Hamptons International. So, even if your blood doesn't run blue, with enough green you can still live near—and like—royalty!
3World's Most Expensive Guitar ($2.8 million)
A signed Fender Standard Series Stratocaster has become the world's most expensive guitar, fetching a massive $2.8 million at auction in Doha, Qatar. The musical instrument, auctioned to aid victims of the 2004 tsunami disaster, broke the previous record held by Eric Clapton's $959,500.00 Black Strat. According to the Fender website, "the idea started when Fender Europe's Jamie Crompton contacted Bryan Adams to see how people from the music industry could reach out to help the victims of such a devastating natural disaster. Bryan got his phone book out and rang nineteen of rock's most treasured artists to sign a Standard Series Fender Stratocaster guitar, donated by Jamie and Fender Europe."
Some of the artists who signed on it are Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams, Keith Richards, Paul McCartney and Sting.
4World's Most Expensive iPhone ($3.2 million)
The world's most expensive iPhone costs £1.92 million ($3.2-million) and it was produced by a British designer. The exclusive iPhone 3GS Supreme - featuring almost 200 diamonds- is made up of a casing created using 271 grams of 22 carats solid gold. The front bezel houses 136 flawless diamonds totaling a massive 68 carats, while the Apple logo on the back is made from a further 53 gems. The front navigation button is made from a single diamond of more than seven carats.
5World's Most Expensive Christmas Drink ($210,000)
Beaute de Siecle, the Hennessy's new limited edition cognac costs £105,000 (about $210,000 ) a bottle. The most expensive drink in the world is just 100 bottles in existence and was created to celebrate the 100th birthday of Killian Hennessy, the sixth generation descendant of the company's founder.
The cognac itself is in a Baccarat crystal bottle contained in an ornate wooden chest embedded with mirrored glass and meted aluminium. A bronze key opens the box which then triggers a concealed switch to make the bottle rise up on a velvet tray. The drink itself is blended by Hennessy's cellar master Yann Fillioux from reserve cognacs between 50 and 100 years old.
6World's Most Expensive Parking Spot ($300,000)
A private parking space in the Back Bay was bought yesterday for $300,000, turning into the most expensive parking space in Boston, according to Listing Information Network. Debra Sordillo, the Coldwell sales agent who brokered the deal, said that several residents at 48 Commonwealth Ave. engaged in a bidding war for the space, driving the asking price of $250,000 up to the record-breaking $300,000. The winning bidder did not want to be identified, she said. The expensive parking space came with few amenities other than its location -- it is outdoors and uncovered.
7World's Most Expensive Wedding Dress ($12 million)
This USD $12 million creation, known as The Diamond Wedding Gown, is the most expensive wedding dress in the world to date. The luxurious design is the result of collaboration between Renee Strauss (owner of a super successful, wedding salon in Beverley Hills) and Martin Katz, a rare jewel dealer. The dress itself uses over 150 carats of diamonds and to give you an idea of what this means, the typical engagement ring rarely hits a full carat and hovers around the half-carat mark.
The Diamond Wedding Gown was premiered in 2008 and took the title of the most expensive wedding dress in the world from a design by Yumi Katsura of Japan. Her creation followed the same traditional white design , but came in at a paltry USD $8.5 million though it does lay claim to containing over 1,000 pearls and one of only two 5 carat white gold diamonds in the world.
8World's Most Expensive Dog ($582,000)
This Tibetan Mastiff is believed to have broken the record as the world's most expensive dog — sold to a young Chinese millionaire for a mind-blowing $582,000 in September 2009. The owner, known only as Ms. Wang, travelled to Qinghai province of northwest China to purchase the 18-month old dog, named Yangtze River Number Two.
Yangtze came home to an A-List entrance at Xi'an airport in China's Shaanxi province, where he was reportedly greeted by hordes of dog lovers and picked up by a motorcade of 30 black Mercedes-Benz cars. Sometimes a dog's life isn't that bad, huh?!
9World's Most Expensive Hamburger ($200)
In 2008 Burger King, the fast-food giant, launched a $200 burger in the name of charity. Setting a new record, the world's most expensive burger is available at just one restaurant in West London, England, once a week — but it will eventually be available to order via a hotline.
The fine ingredients of what is called simply 'The Burger' include Wagyu beef, white truffles, Pata Negra ham slices, Cristal onion straws, Modena balsamic vinegar, lambs lettuce, pink Himalayan rock salt, organic white wine and shallot infused mayonnaise in an Iranian saffron and white truffle dusted bun.
10World's Most Expensive Baseball Card ($2.8 million)
This extraordinary card is lately sold at a record-breaking cost of $2.8 million against its earlier sale of $2.35 million around six-months back. This smoking price has beaten the record cost of the top 27 cards sold till date at public auction. The T206 baseball card, which is known as “Mona Lisa” among the variety of baseball cards, features Wagner in his teens clad in Pittsburgh Pirates uniform and it has become the only desire of the baseball card collectors.
Production of baseball cards dates back to decades ago. But what is so special about T206 Honus Wagner cards that helped them tout as the most-expensive baseball card ever? In the primitive period, these cards were produced by tobacco companies and used to feature cigarette. In 1909, Honus Wagner was amongst the renowned global shortstops who did not want to promote smoking and thus he produced this card. Only 50-60 samples are expected to exist and out of which few of them are in mint condition. Some years ago (July 2000), this card was owned by Bruce McNall and Wayne Gretzky and was sold on eBay to an anonymous Southern California collector for a smoking $1.27.
11World's Most Expensive Suit ($103,000)
What would fit with the world's most expensive wedding dress? The world's most expensive suit of course! Unveiled today in Pall Mall, London, the "Alexander Amosu," named after the designer himself, could be yours for just over $100,000. Each suit will be a one-off creation made from gold and platinum threads, the rarest silks and a blend of Himalayan Pashmina, Qiviuk and Vicuna. And, to complete the garment, nine 18-carat gold and pave set diamond buttons will be sewn into place. The triple-figure price tag includes hyperbolic levels of customer service: Alexander and his tailors will travel to clients anywhere in the world to take measurements and fit the suits.
12World's Most Expensive Jeans ($27,000)
This Spin Jeans comprise of only 8 instances worldwide at a suggested retail price of ¥2,625,000 JPY (approximately $27,000 USD). Truly original but hardly wearable, the jeans seen here should be considered much more a re-appropriated piece of art than fashion. A multi-colored splatter pattern covers every square inch of a pair of iconic Levi's denim.
Putting on one of the most successful art shows of all-time last year, and the highest grossing contemporary living artists of all-time, artist Damien Hirst has brought forth a certain style to his definition of art. Bold and brash, he teams up with Levi's on the release of a new denim style.