May 12, 2015

The Most Expensive Things in the World


Being rich isn’t about keeping your wealth locked away in a bank vault or simply letting it earn interest on the stock market. If you’ve earned it or inherited it, you should have some fun with it too and splash out big on your luxury lifestyle.

Here at Billionaires Newswire, we’re big believers than spending on some of the finer things in life is good for the soul, whether that’s luxury brands or luxury travel. But what else does the billionaire who has everything spend their money on?
Check out our eclectic list of some of the most wanted items on the planet that are only available to those with the fattest wallets.

Here’s a sneak peak at some of the most expensive things in the world in the video above.

And here’s Billionaires Newswire’s in depth guide to the most desirable dozen of the most expensive things in the world.

Really want to splash out some serious money to show off just how wealthy you are? How about the world’s most expensive painting?

Jackson Pollock’s No.5, 1948, might look like a spatter of paint to the uninitiated, but this abstract 8ft by 4ft piece of art sold for $140 million in 2006. It now reportedly belongs to David Martinez of Fintech Advisory, although his representatives denied he was the buyer. 
The painting was previously owned by music and film mogul, David Geffen who founded Geffen Records and co-founded DreamWorks.

If your idea of spending on a luxury lifestyle is more focused on real estate, then check out the world’s most expensive house. Reckoned to be worth around $1 billion, Antilia Mumbai is rated as the most expensive residential property on the planet. Built in the Indian capital Mumbai by Mukesh Ambani of Reliance Industries, this 75-storey skyscraper is named after the mythical Atlantic Island of Antilia and needs 600 staff to ensure everything runs like clockwork.

Building work started on this luxury home in 2008 and was finished in 2010. Antilia Mumbai was constructed to withstand an earthquake measuring eight on the Richter Scale.

If you want something very, very expensive to display on the walls of your luxury pad, Billionaires Newswire suggests you check out photographer Andreas Gursky’s work. This German professor and landscape photographer took Rhien II in 1999 – a photo of the River Rhine in Germany that was auctioned for $4.3 million in 2011 to anonymous bidder. That supersonic price tag makes it the most expensive photograph ever sold.

If your artistic taste tends more towards sculpture, then The Walking Man II – or to give it its proper title L’Homme qui Marche II – might be right up your street. Not to be confused with Rodin’s Walking Man sculpture, this 1961 piece by Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti was sold for $104.3 million at Sotheby’s in London by German banking group Commerzbank to a mystery private collector. It earns its place in this Billionaires Newswire countdown because it’s the most expensive piece of sculpture to ever go under the hammer.

There’s no more ostentatious way to show off your wealth than by displaying it on your hand and if you’re after the world’s most expensive ring, it’ll set you back $16.26 million. That’s the price tag of the Chopard Blue Diamond ring. The oval blue diamond – the rarest form of this precious stone – is set in white gold and also has white diamonds on its shoulders. If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then this one is the most luxurious buddy you can buy.
For luxury travel, your own private yacht is a must-have. But if you really want to sail in style, you’ll have to fork out some serious wonga to compete with the un-named Malaysian businessman who owns the History Supreme. This $4.8 billion yacht is the world’s most expensive because it is plated with gold and platinum and took jeweller Stuart Hughes – more from him later in this list – three years to complete. Inside, the yacht boasts a T-Rex bone statue and décor featuring meteorites.
From the sublime to what could be described as the ridiculous. But if your yen is towards natural history then you probably won’t mind spending $8,000 on a black and white tail feather from the extinct New Zealand Hula bird. That’s the most expensive bird feather ever sold, superseding the previous best paid for a Bald Eagle feather that sold for $2,800 in the US.
We return to the world of art for the next item in our list, but this time it’s something you can wear. Brit artist Damien Hirst’s Spin Jeans – multi-coloured Levi’s that look as good displayed on the wall as on your legs – will set you back $27,000. They’re the world’s most expensive jeans and only eight pairs were ever made.
Technology fans who want the world’s most expensive mobile phone can expect to pay $2.97 million for the privilege. This blinged-up Apple iPhone is another creation from jeweller Stuart Hughes. To give it its full title, Billionaires Newswire is talking about the iPhone 3GS Supreme Rose. With a platinum body and featuring more than 100 diamonds and rose gold rear and Apple logo, this is a serious luxury brand.               

 If you want to splash your cash on something everyone can see, 24 hours a day, what about the world’s most expensive internet domain name? That honour goes to, which was bought by US marketing firm Quin Street for $16 million back in 2009. It beats the previous $12 million record sale set by in 2006.

We’ve listed the most expensive painting, photograph and sculpture, all of which are 20th century classics. But we have to go back a bit further to find the world’s most expensive drawing. 

The honour goes to Raphael’s Head of a Muse, a black chalk drawing that sold at Christie’s in London for $47.9 million in 2009. The Renaissance Master’s sketch, which was used as a study for one of his frescoes at the Vatican, dates back to the early 1500s. It was bought By American collector Leon Black, of Apollo Global Management, who is one of the trustees of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

To round off this Billionaires Newswire most wanted list, let’s check out one of those things you might not think about when you’re picking your prime piece of real estate. The world’s most expensive parking space honour goes to a $1 million spot in Manhattan at East 11th Street – that’s six times as much as the cost of an average American family home.

By Victor Panelli

With many thanks to Billionaires Newswire 

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