World’s 22 Most Expensive Things

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Seller shows an exclusive men's wristwatch from the new collection in the luxury jewelry store
Seller shows an exclusive men's wristwatch from the new collection in the luxury jewelry store

Have you ever wondered about the crazy things that one can buy if he or she had all the money in the world to spend? From the most expensive sports car to a super-yacht made of solid gold, there are a number of luxury items that can be bought by nobody but only the uber-rich. When it comes to the most expensive goods in the world one cannot think of the most crazy and ridiculous things over which millions of dollars are spent by wealthy folks.

There are 22 such things on this list whose prices are enough to tell that money is the king here:

World’s most expensive custom superyacht (US$ 4.8 billion)

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Steering wheel on a yacht

The yacht named History Supreme is regarded as the most expensive custom superyacht built ever in human history. Purchased by an anonymous Malaysian businessman at a mind-wobbling cost of 4.8 billion USD, this 98.4-foot-long superyacht has managed to remain the most expensive yacht in the world, even 12 years after it was bought.

World’s most expensive private residential property (US$ 2 billion)

Named after a mythical island called Antillia, this 27-storeyed personal skyscraper is what the Indian business tycoon Mukesh Ambani calls his home. This gigantic building is situated in one of the richest neighborhoods of Mumbai, India, known as Billionaires’ Row (Altamount Road). Antilia costs a staggering 2 billion USD and takes 600 full-time staff to maintain the property 24/7.

World’s most expensive private jet (US$ 300 million)

This 220-square-foot luxury jet which offers seating for 40 passengers is priced at an astonishing 300 million USD. This aircraft is named the Dream Jet and those who charter its services can expect to pay around 70,000 USD per hour. It can travel for 20 hours without any stops and features private dining areas, a master bedroom with a private en-suite bathroom, as well as a TV area, a lounge, and a dressing room.

World’s most expensive painting sold via a private sale (US$ 210 million)

An oil painting named Nafea Faa Ipopip (When Will You Marry?) painted by the French artist Paul Gaugin in 1892, set the world record for the most expensive painting sold via a private sale in 2015 when it was bought for 210 million USD by Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO (US$ 70 million)

This particular model of 1963 was recently sold to WeatherTech founder and CEO David MacNeil.  MacNeil is a Ferrari fanatic and also owns a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, a 250 GT Lusso, and a 275 GTB.

World’s most expensive earrings sold at auction (US$ 57.4 million)

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silver elegant earrings for bride

A pair of mismatched colored diamond earrings sold separately at the same auction for a combined cost of 57.4 million USD. These earrings were named after the ancient Greek twin deities Apollo and Artemis.

World’s most expensive watch (US$ 55 million)

Crafted with 110 carats of diamonds, the watch is called Graff Diamonds Hallucination. The diamonds used in this watch are of mesmerizing rainbow-based colors which makes it a true art piece. The watch has an astonishing price tag of 55 million USD.

World’s most expensive domain name (US$ 49.7 million)

The domain name for a car insurance website named CarInsurance.com was sold in 2010 for a massive amount of 49.7 million USD.

World’s most expensive custom phone (US$ 48.5 million)

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Unlocking smartphone with fingerprint scan sensor, man using modern security technology feature to authenticate access and use device

This custom-designed iPhone is owned by Nita Ambani, wife of successful Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani. The phone has an estimated cost of 48.5 million USD. It is made of 24-carat gold, featuring an enormous pink diamond and platinum coating. The phone is popularly known as Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond.

World’s most expensive coin (US$ 18 million)

The coin is a 1933 Double Eagle $20 gold coin. It was sold at an auction in New York via Sotheby’s at a staggering price tag of 18,872,250 USD.

World’s most expensive musical instrument sold at an auction (US$ 16 million)

The world’s most expensive musical instrument ever sold at an auction is a Stradivarius violin named Lady Blunt. It was sold at a mind-wobbling price of 16 million USD.

World’s most expensive flower bouquet (US$ 15.8 million)

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Dry bouquet

This bouquet was made of a particular specie of flowers called the Juliet Rose, which took 15 years to grow and was first displayed in 2006.

World’s most expensive license plate (US$ 14.2 million)

According to Guinness, the world’s most expensive license plate ever sold consists of just a single digit 1. It was bought by UAE businessman Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri who said at that time: “The price is fair. After all, who among us does not want to be number one?”

World’s most expensive wedding dress (US$ 12 million)

This record-setting custom gown was created for the Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal Show in 2006, in partnership with Martin Katz Jewellers and Rene Strauss. It is adorned with 150 carats of diamonds.

World’s most expensive motorcycle (US$ 11 million)

Most expensive motorcycle
Motorcycle

Priced at a mind-blowing 11 million USD the ultra-exclusive Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter is the most expensive motorcycle in the world.

World’s most expensive autograph (US$ 9.8 million)

The most expensive autograph is of the first US President George Washington at the Acts of Congress. It was sold for 9.8 million USD in 2012.

World’s most expensive postage stamp (US$ 9.48 million)

The stamp named The British Guiana was bought for 9.48 million USD at Sotheby’s in 2014.

World’s most expensive carpet (US$ 4.4 million)

Most expensive carpet
Store with colorful traditional carpets

The Louis XV Savonnerie carpet was sold in New York in 2000 for 4, 406,000 USD. It was likely made for Louis XV’s Chateau de la Mouette residence.

World’s most expensive photograph (US$ 4.3 million)

The photograph named Rheinn II was taken by German artist Andreas Gursky in 1999.

World’s most expensive purse (US$ 3.8 million)

Most expensive purse
Sparkly clutch purses lined up on display in a store.

The Mouawad 1001 Nights diamond purse is an Emirati creation that took a total of 8,800 hours to be handcrafted by artisans. It features 18-carat gold and 4,517 diamonds and is priced at 3.8 million USD.

World’s most expensive comic book (US$ 3.25 million)

Sold to a private buyer in 2021 this comic book cost a massive 3.25 million USD.

World’s most expensive baseball (US$ 3 million)

Used by Mark McGwire in his 70th home run with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998, this baseball was purchased by Todd McFarlane in 1999 at Guernsey’s auction house in New York City for 3 million USD.

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