The 100 Most Expensive Things in the World
If you had all the money in the world to spend, where would you start? A crystal piano to play on the rooftop of your 27-storey skyscraper? Or maybe a diamond-encrusted watch to wear on board your super-yacht made of solid gold? If you've ever wondered what the most expensive thing in the whole world actually is — or you just want to daydream about what you'd buy if you were rich — we’ve got you covered. Check out the 100 most expensive things in the world.
From the world's most expensive sports cars to the world’s priciest feather, there’s something for everyone on this super expensive shopping list. So read on, and start saving those pennies, because when it comes to the most valuable thing in the world — cash is king.
#100 The world’s most expensive rice – US$109 (per kg)The rice: The rice, sold by Toyo Rice Corporation, is made up of six different rice varieties and won golden awards at an international rice evaluation contest in 2015, where it was named “The World’s Best Rice”
The price tag: US$109 per kilogram to set the record for most expensive
#99 The world’s most expensive skateboard video game – US $151The game: Ok, so the sticker shock on this one isn’t exactly mind-blowing, but we’re sure when Tony Hawk released Tony Hawk: RIDE (2009) he had high hopes to align with what was a very high release price for specialized video games at the time.
The price tag: On its release, the skateboard video game cost US $151, which was considered justified based on its use of new technology in the motion-sensing skateboard element that was sold with the game.
The facts: Innovative technology and the draw of Tony Hawk’s name wasn’t enough to make the game work and while it holds the record for most expensive skateboard video game ever released, it was a critical and commercial failure.
#98 The world’s most expensive coffee pod – US $273 for a box of five podsThe coffee pod: Singapore-based company, Medano Coffee PTE LTD
The price tag: Holding this Guinness World Record means you’ll be paying US $273 for a box of five pods (shelling out just under US $55 per pod).
The facts: 100 per cent Arabica beans sourced from Asia and packaged in Singapore, these pods are compatible with Nespresso machines.
#97 The world’s most expensive anti-aging serum – US$1,800 (per ounce!)The serum: The JK7 Rejuvenating Serum uses rare natural ingredients from around to world to deliver a potent skin care solution.
The price tag: Forbes has this one pegged as the most expensive anti-aging serum on the market – and at US$1,800 per ounce, we can see why!
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#96 The world’s most expensive sushi – nearly US$2,000The sushi: Nigiri sushi, prepared by Chef Angelito Araneta Jr., of the Philipines
The price tag: US$1,978.15
The facts: The record-setting sushi, prepared in 2010, was garnished with diamonds and wrapped in 24-carat gold leaf
#95 The world’s most expensive XBOX 360 videogame – US$2,999The game: Dead Space Ultra Limited Edition
The price tag: Sold by Damien Fraimorice to a buyer for US$2,999 making it the highest amount ever paid for a single video game
#94 The world’s most expensive keyboard – US$4,240The keyboard: Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional HP Japan
The price tag: US$4,240
The facts: While you may think holding the record for highest cost is strictly tech-related in this case, the keyboard’s design elements play a major role in the price tag, featuring keys hand-coated in Urushi lacquer before being dusted with gold. Nearly impossible to track down, you can settle for a more budget-friendly version with their basic model, available on Amazon.
#93 The world’s most expensive matchbook – US$6,000The matchbook: Matchbook created for a rare Charles Lindbergh dinner celebration from 1927
The price tag: US$6,000, purchased by Kevin Saucier in 2015
#92 The world’s most expensive (commercially available) jeans – US $10,000The jeans: Escada’s Couture Swarovski Crystal Jeans
The price tag: The jeans start at US $7,500, with no cap based on customizations. The most expensive pair ever sold to date cost US $10,000.
The facts: These jeans top Forbes’ list and hold the Guiness World Record for most expensive jeans. Escada offers customizable options such as choosing 14-carat gold or silver rivets, diamond buttons, and of course, additional Swaorvski crystals.
Though not available commercially (leaving this record with Escada) honourable mention goes to the limited-edition Damien Hirst “Spin” Jeans, of which only eight pairs were ever made and sold for US $27,000.
#91 The world’s most expensive feather (yes, feather!) – US $10,000The feather: The Huia bird feather, a now extinct species, considered the most valuable feathers on the planet.
The price tag: Most recently sold at an auction in New Zealand, a Huia bird feather sold for a staggering US $10,000.
The facts: The value in this feather is in its rarity. Now extinct, the remaining feathers are the last in existence, and to the wealthy collector, worth every penny.
#90 The world’s most expensive cocktail – US$12,970The cocktail: dubbed “the Winston” by its creator, Joel Heffernan at Club 23 (Australia)
The price tag: US$12,970
The facts: The cocktail contained 60 ml of Croizet’s 1858 ‘Cuvee Leonie’ cognac – a cognac which also happens to hold its own Guinness record as the most expensive ever to be sold at auction.
#89 The world’s most expensive shot of cognac – US $14,000The cognac: Rome De Bellegarde
The price tag: The record for the world’s most expensive shot of cognac was set in March 2018, with a shot of Rome De Bellegarde cognac costing just over US $14,000.
The facts: Only 67 bottles have been decanted, with Ranjeeta Dutt McGroarty being credited as having purchased the first 40ml shot.
#88 The world’s most expensive LEGO brick – US $14,450The LEGO brick: a 14-carat gold LEGO brick
The price tag: The brick was sold via collector website Brick Envy, where CNET notes it was purchased by an anonymous buyer for a staggering US $14,450.
The facts: The 25.6-g brick was originally given as a gift from LEGO to their long-serving employees, offered between 1979 and 1981.
#87 The world’s most expensive cat – US$24,000The cat: Californian Spangled Cat
The price tag: US$24,000
The facts: The cat was sold in 1987 at the record price and was notably also the display cat from the 1986 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.
#86 The world’s most expensive piece of wedding cake ever sold – US$29,000The cake: A piece of cake from the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s 1937 wedding
The price tag: US$29,000, sold at an auction in Sotheby’s New York in 1998 to Benjamin and Amanda Yin of San Francisco
The facts: While most people may not understand the lure of spending a small fortune (and setting a record in the process) on a piece of dated (though preserved) wedding cake, the thrilled buyer, My Yin is quoted as saying, “It is almost unimaginable to have such an item exist. It represents the epitome of a great romance.” We say, let them eat cake! But hopefully not.
#85 The world’s most expensive mug – over US$33,000The mug: Nestle Thai Ltd. purchased the 23-carat gold mug, produced by Yoo Long Kim Kee Gold Store in Bangkok, Thailand
The price tag: Nestle Thai purchased the mug for US$33,842 in 2008
#84 The world’s most expensive caviar (and most expensive food) – US$34,500The caviar: “Almas” Iranian Beluga
The price tag: US$34,500 per kilogram
The facts: The record-holding caviar is produced from the eggs of an albino sturgeon between 60-100 years old.
#83 The world’s most expensive commercially available video game console cover – US$35,000The cover: A gold, diamond and crocodile special-edition jacket cover
The price tag: US$35,000 for a PlayStation Portable (PSP) jacket
The facts: The jacket features 8 black and gold diamonds, 14-carat gold and a crocodile finish on the back.
#82 The world’s most expensive tooth sold at auction: over US$36,000The tooth: Reported to have been John Lennon’s tooth
The price tag: US$36,857
The facts: Canadian Dr.Michael Zuk bought the tooth at a 2011 charity auction. Yeah, we don’t get it either, but as long as it’s for charity…
#81 The world’s most expensive painting by a group of elephants – US$39,000The painting: Titled Cold Wind, Swirling Mist, Charming Lanna I
The price tag: The painting was sold in 2005 to Panit Warin of Thailand for US$39,000
The facts: This group of record-breaking elephants hail from the Maesa Elephant Camp in Thailand.
#80 The world’s most expensive pair of cufflinks sold at private sale – US $39,750The cufflinks: V2, designed by Arfaq (UK)
The price tag: The cufflinks were privately sold to Michael Jackson and MJJ Productions for US $39,750 in Romania in 1996.
The facts: The cufflinks were crafted from diamonds and sapphires which have been set in 18-carat gold and platinum.
#79 The world’s most expensive headphones – US $50,000The headphones: Sennheiser HE 1 (Orpheus)
The price tag: US $50,000
The facts: As DigitalTrends.com points out, these obscenely expensive headphones, crafted by Sennheiser, are nothing short of a “marvel of modern engineering.” Crafted from 6,000 components, the world’s most expensive headphones feature a marble stand, ceramic electrodes of vaporized gold, quartz glass vacuum tubes and unparalleled sound.
#78 The world’s most expensive kiss sold at auction – US$50,000The kiss: A kiss sold at auction that allowed the highest bidder to share a smooch with actress Sharon Stone
The price tag: US$50,000
The facts: The 2003 kiss was bought by bidder Joni Rimm of the U.S., who made the winning bid at an auction held in Los Angeles
#77 The world’s most expensive (commercially available) stroller – £40,000The stroller: Silver Cross Balmoral
The price tag: £40,000
The facts: Dubbed as the “Rolls Royce” of strollers, this is where it’s at for pushcarts in the luxury market. While base model for this stroller comes in at considerably lower than the price here, the record-setting version model from this brand is the top-tier special-edition Rose Gold Balmoral. Meaning – you can now spend more on your baby’s stroller than their first car!
#76 The world’s most expensive bottle of water sold at auction – US$60,000The bottle: The glass water bottle is covered 24-carat gold, and displays artwork by Amadeo Clemente Modigliani
The price tag: Sold at an auction organized by Plan3t Foundation A.C. in 2004, the pricey glass water bottle was sold for US$60,000.
The facts: The proceeds of the auction were donated to a foundation working to combat global warming.
#75 The most expensive jeans sold at auction – US$60,000The jeans: A pair of original Levi Strauss & Co 501 jeans, aged 115 years
The price tag: Sold to an anonymous collector in Japan via eBay online auction in 2005 for US$60,000
The facts: The value in the jeans comes from their rarity and age – with claims that only a couple pairs of authentic pre-1900’s Levis exist – this particular pair being the only wearable-pair found to date.
The backstory: According to Guinness, this pair of jeans was discovered by a group of friends, who find the denim treasure in an abandoned mine in the Mojave Desert in 1998.
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#74 The world’s most expensive silk sari – over US$100,000The sari: The sari was produced by Chennai Silks, India and features images of 11 paintings by Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma.
The price tag: US$100,021
#73 The world’s most expensive turntable – US$112,000The turntable: The Continuum Caliburn turntable, manufactured by Continuum Audio Labratories PTY in Melbourne, Australia
The price tag: prices go up to US$112,000
The facts: The turntable features a magnesium platter which hovers via a magnetic system.
#72 The world’s most expensive white wine – US$117,000The wine: Chateau d’Yquem (1811)
The price tag: The bottle was purchased by Christian Vanneque for US$117,000 in 2011 and currently holds the Guinness World Record.
#71 The world’s most expensive teddy bear ever sold at auction – US$182,550The bear: Steiff Louis Vuitton teddy bear
The price tag: Sold in 2000 at a Christie’s auction in Monaco for a record-setting US$182,550
#70 The world’s most expensive perfume – US $205,000The perfume: Clive Christian No1 “Imperial Majesty” limited edition 10-bottle collection
The price tag: Created as a limited edition release in 2005, the perfume cost US $205,000 per 500ml.
The facts: The Clive Christian No1 perfume for both men and women typically costs US $2,355 per 30 ml, still taking the current world record for most expensive perfume, even outside of its costly limited-edition release.
#69 The world’s most expensive bottle – US $225,000The bottle: The Platinum and White Gold Tequila bottle, designed by Fernando Altamirano and sold by Tequila Ley .925
The price tag: The bottle was sold to a private collector in Mexico City in July 2006 for US $225,000, making it the world's most expensive bottle ever.
The facts: 6 years aged, 100% Blue Agave Tequila – which Guinness notes is worth US $2,500 – filled the 33 limited edition collector bottles.
#68 The world’s most expensive typewriter to be sold at auction– US$254,500The typewriter: Lettera 32 Olivetti, in light blue
The price tag: Originally purchased for a mere US$50 in 1963 by author Cormac McCarthy (author of No Country for Old Men, amongst other famed works), Finances Online notes the typewriter was sold at auction in recent years for US$254,500, the high bidding price a credit to the notoriety of its original owner.
#67 The world’s most expensive script from a film – over US$300,000The script: Marlon Brando’s 173-page script for The Godfather
The price tag: The script was sold to an anonymous buyer at a Christie’s auction in 2005.
#66 The world’s most expensive Barbie doll sold at auction – US $302,500The Barbie: A Mattel creation, the custom designed Barbie doll wears a black evening gown, stands at 11.5 inches and comes accessorized with a one-carat pink diamond necklace, surrounded by three-carats of white diamonds – talk about Barbie bling!
The price tag: The doll was sold in 2010 at a Christie’s New York auction for US $302,500 and holds the Guinness world record for most expensive Barbie doll.
The facts: The doll was designed by famous Australian designer Stefano Canturi, who has previously designed for Oprah Winfrey and Kylie Minogue, amongst others.
#65 The world’s most expensive glove sold at auction – US$420,000The glove: A bejeweled glove once belonging to Michael Jackson
The price tag: Sold at a 2009 auction in Manhattan for US$420,000
The facts: The glove originally owned by the music icon was purchased by Ponte 16 Resort in New York.
#64 The world’s most expensive diamond chess set – US$500,000The set: Charles Hollander chess set
The price tag:US$500,000
The facts: Loaded up with 320 carats of black and white diamonds, this chess set was one of only seven created. You may stumble upon another set called the Jewel Royale online, estimated in cost at a staggering US$9.8 million – but this set was never actually created, leaving the Charles Hollander set to hold the record.
#63 The world’s most expensive bicycle sold – US $500,000The bike: Trek Butterfly Madone
The price tag: Finances Online and Guinness World Records note the Trek Butterfly Madone sold for US $500,000 at a Sotheby’s cancer benefit charity auction, making it the world’s most expensive bicycle ever sold.
The facts: The bicycle of choice for Lance Armstrong in the 2009 Tour de France, the bike’s artist-creator Damien Hirst came under fire by some animal-protection organizations for his use of real butterfly wings in the bike’s design.
#62 The world’s most expensive set of lighters to be sold – over US$600,000The lighters: 'Louise XIII Fleur de Parme'
The price tag: S.T. Dupont sold the lighters to a private buyer for US$677,995
The facts: The 'Louise XIII Fleur de Parme' set includes two lighters, a table lighter and a pocket lighter – seems a little slim for almost $700k, but who are we to judge?
#61 The world’s most expensive pair of shoes ever worn in a film – US $666,000The shoes: Holding the record for being the most expensive shoes ever worn in a film are the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939).
The price tag: Originally sold at auction in 1998, the pair of shoes set the same record at the time with a sale price of US $165,000 and would go one to break and re-set the record in 2000 at a Christie’s auction when the shoes were sold for US $660,000.
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#60 The world’s most expensive limited-edition pen – US$730,000The pen: Montblanc and Van Cleef & Arpels created this ball-point pen
The price tag: US$730,000
The facts: The record-holding pen is adorned with jewellery art, including 840 diamonds and 20 carats in gemstones, and is one of only nine pens produced, each taking a year and a half to craft.
#59 The world’s most expensive camera – US$775,000The camera: Susse Freres daguerreotype camera
The price tag: US$775,000 (sold at auction in 2007)
The facts: Originating from 1839, the Susse Freres is considered to be the world’s oldest (and most expensive) commercially manufactured camera.
#58 The world’s most expensive bathtub – US $845,000The bathtub: Cut from 20,000 pounds of Amazonian crystal stone, the world's most expensive bathtub measures six feet by six inches long and weighs over 4,000 pounds
The price tag: Harrods offered this custom bathtub for sale at their London store for US $845,000
The facts: The record-setting tub was designed by Luca Bojola, from the Baldi interiors company and is detailed with diamond cuts and partially rough surfaces to highlight the raw beauty of the crystal elements.
#57 The world’s most expensive film costume – US $924,347 (when sold)The costume: To film buffs, this one may not come as much of a surprise. The record for this one goes to the black cocktail dress designed by Hubert de Givenchy, featured in the 1961 film classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s and worn by Audrey Hepburn.
The price tag: 467,200 UK pounds (US $924,347 at the time of sale), sold to an anonymous bidder at a charity auction at Christie's in London in 2006.
The facts: This dress has inspired generations of film and fashion lovers, and holds its place as a mainstay of iconic style in film history. For more, don't miss the most expensive dresses of all time.
#56 The world’s most expensive parking spot – US$1 millionThe spot: Located in the heart of downtown Manhattan
The price tag: A cool US$1 million
The facts: Whoever said parking was cheap has never been to a major city. New Yorkers may be the least surprised to discover the Big Apple is home to the world’s most expensive parking spot. Or should we say spots, since recent years have unearthed new developments in New York offering up their own slice of parking heaven for a cool million. Still, New York holds onto the record for currently having the most expensive parking spots for sale in the world.
#55 The world’s most expensive species in captivity – US$1 million annual leasing fee – to startThe species: Giant Pandas – but no, you can’t have one
The price tag: At the time of this record being set, four zoos in the US were each paying an annual leasing fee of $1 million to the Chinese Government for a pair of Giant Pandas.
The facts: Leasing these pricey pandas at the zoo included one-off fees when they’re born (typically US$600,000 for the pair), US$2 million in research and conservation fees – all paid to the Chinese Government where the pandas were obtained – and the list goes on…
#54 The world’s most expensive dress bought at auction – over US$1 millionThe dress: The custom jewel-encrusted dress that Monroe famously wore as she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to John F. Kennedy in 1962
The price tag: Originally costing US$12,000 to make, the record-setting gown was sold to a Manhattan-based collectibles company at an auction held by the widow of Marilyn Monroe’s former acting coach in 1999 for US$1,267,500.
The facts: An article in Time Magazine notes that when the president of the purchasing collectibles company was asked why he would pay so much for the garment, Robert Schargen’s reply was simply, “We stole it.”
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#53 The world’s most expensive dog – over US$1.5 millionThe dog: Tibetan Mastiff
The price tag: Sold for US$1,513,417 in 2011 to a Chinese multi-millionaire
The facts: The 11-month old prized pup weighed in at 180 pounds and answers to “Big Splash” – according to Guinness, the costly canine “enjoys a diet of chicken and beef.”
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#52 The world’s most expensive bed – US$1.6 millionThe bed: Magnetic Floating Bed
The price tag: US$1.6 million
The facts: Yes, this is a magnetic bed that floats. As in, hovers off the ground as you sleep in it. We’re not kidding. Using innovative technology in magnetic systems, the bed remains suspended in the air and can support 2,000 pounds of applied weight. Now this is as close to sleeping on a cloud as money can get!
#51 The world’s most expensive vinyl record – US$2 millionThe record: While not the first band that comes to mind when you think of classic vinyl records, this record is held by the rap group Wu Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin LP, which was produced as only a single copy.
The price tag: The record was sold via Paddle8 in 2015 to hedge fun manager Martin Shkreli for US$2 million
The facts: Though nearly impossible to unearth the highest bid of all vinyl records sold, this one repeatedly comes up as a top contender for the title and holds rank as #1 on Wikipedia.
#50 The world’s most expensive Monopoly board game – US $2 millionThe board game: San Francisco-based jeweller Sidney Mobell created the custom Monopoly set in 1988.
The price tag: US $2 million
The facts: This isn't your regular Monopoly set. The custom board game has been crafted from 23-carat gold with ruby, sapphire, sold gold and diamond elements, making it the most expensive board game of Monopoly that exists.
#49 The world’s most expensive television – US $2.25 millionThe television: Stuart Hughes Prestige HD Supreme Rose Edition
The price tag: US $2.25 million
The facts: Bling is the x-factor here, as the Prestige HD television boasts diamond buttons, with 18-carat pink gold and 48 additional diamonds used in the frame.
Honourable mention goes to the Titan Zeus, which BBC News Hub rings in at a much more affordable US $1.6 million. If what you’re after is less about the bling and more about the size, this is the big-ticket-item for you.
#48 The world’s most expensive postage stamp – US $2.25 millionThe stamp: The Swedish “Treskilling” Yellow
The price tag: The stamp was first sold in 1996 for just over US $2.25 million, and was sold again in 2010. Though the sum from its second sale was never officially released, Guiness notes that the auctioneer has since disclosed the stamp was sold for twice the amount of its 1996 sale. The stamp also holds the record for being the most expensive thing on this planet by weight.
The facts: Interestingly, the stamp was first discovered by a schoolboy in 1885, who discovered it amongst letters left behind by his grandfather.
#47 The world's most expensive guitar sold at auction: US$2.7 millionThe guitar: A Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by musicians including Bryan Adams, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Page and Brian May
The price tag: Sold at a charity auction for US$2.7 million
#46 The world's most expensive clock sold at auction: over US$3 millionThe clock: Louis XVI Ormolu-Mounted Ebony Grande Sonnerie
The price tag: US$3,001,294 sold at auction
#45 The world’s most expensive baseball – over US$3 millionThe baseball: Mark McGwire’s baseball; the one used by McGwire in his 70th and final home run with the St. Louis Cardinals after a record season in 1998
The price tag: US$3,054,000, purchased by Todd McFarlane in 1999 at Guernsey’s auction house in New York City
#44 The world’s most expensive piano – US$3.2 millionThe piano: The very same Crystal Piano used in the Olympic Games at Beijing
The price tag: US$3.2 million
The facts: Sold at auction, a private bidder now owns this stunning (and record-holding) musical piece of history.
#43 The world’s most expensive comic book – US$3.2 millionThe comic: A copy of Action Comics #1
The price tag: US$3,207,852
The facts: The comic was sold via online eBay auction in 2014 to Metropolis Collectibles.
#42 The world’s most expensive purse – US $3.8 millionThe purse: Mouawad 1001 Nights diamond purse
The price tag: US $3.8 million
The facts: Holding on to the Guinness World Record since setting it in 2011, the Mouawad 1001 Nights diamond purse is an Emirati creation, whose luxury goods take claim for not just one but five Guinness-ranking most expensive items. The purse was handcrafted by artisans who took a total of 8,800 hours to complete the unique handbag. Featuring 18-carat gold and 4,517 diamonds, this one-of-a-kind piece was sold via Christie’s auction in Hong Kong.
#41 The world’s most expensive atlas – almost US$4 millionThe atlas: Ptolemy’s Cosmographia, 1477
The price tag: US$3,991,970
The facts: Sold at a Sotheby’s auction, the atlas was originally printed in Bologna, Italy and had been part of the Wardington Library Collection.
#40 The world’s most expensive pair of cufflinks for sale right now – US $4.2 millionThe cufflinks: From a record set by a pair of cufflinks sold at private sale to a slightly more pricey pair available for purchase right now, we bring you the Jacob & Co Fancy Yellow Diamond Masterpiece cufflinks, ranked as the most expensive by The London Silver Company.
The price tag: Valued at US $4.2 million
The facts: Platinum setting with 18 carat yellow gold, 2 radiant cut yellow diamonds with 41.42 carats and 50 baguette and princess cut diamonds with 10.76 carats help give these cufflinks their most expensive label.
#39 The world’s most expensive photograph ever sold – US$4.3 millionThe photograph: Rheinn II
The price tag: US$4.3 million
The facts: The photograph was taken was German visual artist Andreas Gursky in 1999, with a print being sold in 2011 for the record-breaking price. Looking at the image, we’re not sure we get it, but hey – art is objective… right?
#38 The world’s most expensive carpet – US $4.4 millionThe carpet: Louis XV Savonnerie Carpet
The price: Sold at auction in New York in 2000 for US $4,406,000
The facts: The carpet, measuring 18 by 19 feet, belonged to Louis XV, with Guinness noting it was likely made for Louis XV’s Chateau de la Mouette residence, circa 1740 to 1750.
#37 The world’s most expensive veteran car – over US$7 millionThe car: The oldest Rolls-Royce, a two-seater numbered 20154, made in 1904
The price tag: US$7,242,916, sold at auction in London in 2007
#36 The world’s most expensive coin – over US$7 millionThe coin: 1933 Double Eagle, a $20 gold coin
The price tag: US$7,590,000
The facts: The coin was sold at auction in New York via Sotheby’s.
#35 The world’s most expensive audio speakers – £6 millionThe tech: Hart Audio speakers, available only on eBay(UK)
The price tag: £6 million
The facts: The world’s most expensive audio system boasts a 76cm cabinet that has been cast in 24-carat gold.
#34 The world’s most expensive limited-edition tablet – US$8 millionThe tablet: Stuart Hughes iPad 2 Gold History Edition
The price tag: US$8 million
The facts: Luxury goods design brand Stuart Hughes made only a small handful of these tablets, which are encrusted with gold, diamond, Ammolite, 53 gems, 12.5-carat diamonds and – believe it or not – dinosaur bone.
#33 The world’s most expensive tank – US$8.5 millionThe tank: The K2-Black Panther
The price tag: The record-setting tanks, produced in South Korea, cost US$8.5 million each, with a 1,500 hp tank that allows for it to go 70km/hr.
#32 The world’s most expensive autograph – US$9.8 millionThe autograph: George Washington’s Acts of Congress
The price tag: US$9.8 million
The facts: In a 2018 ranking of the most expensive autographs to date, George Washington’s signed Acts of Congress took the lead, having been sold at the near-ten-million-dollar mark at a Sotheby’s auction in 2012.
#31 The world’s most expensive motorcycle – US $11 millionThe motorcycle: While the bikes on this list vary, one that keeps coming up time and again is the ultra-exclusive Neiman Marcus Limited Edition Fighter motorcycle, which topped out BBCNews’ 2018 roundup of the most expensive motorcycles in the world.
The price tag: US $11 million
Honorable mention goes to another category of record-breaking motorcycles, the MTT Turbine Superbike, which, at a cost of US $185,000, holds the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive production motorcycle ever to go on sale.
#30 The world’s most expensive wedding dress – US $12 millionThe dress: A dress created for the Luxury Brands Lifestyle Bridal Show in 2006, made in partnership by Martin Katz Jewellers and Renee Strauss
The price tag: US$12 million
The facts: The record-setting custom gown was adorned with 150 carats’ of diamonds.
#29 The world’s most expensive art installation to be sold– US$12 millionThe piece: Titled Dead Shark – a 1991 Damien Hirst creation, originally titled The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (whew!)
The price tag: US$12 million
The facts: The installation was created by Hirst using the preserved carcass of a shark and is presently owned by a hedge fund owner who has elected to remain anonymous in spite of his record-setting buy.
#28 The world’s most expensive bra – US$12.5 millionThe bra: Heavenly Star Bra by Victoria’s Secret
The price tag: US$12,500,000
The facts: Made in 2001, the record-setting bra features 1,200 pink sapphires with a 90-carat emerald at its center, this diamond detail being worth US$10.6 million of the total value of the bra.
#27 The world’s most expensive limited-edition car – $13 millionThis one’s tricky – since the automobile industry is a revolving door of the latest-and-greatest, and “most expensive” can take your wallet from collector models to brand-new makes, we decided to take our cues from Driving.ca and go with something ultra-luxurious and personalized.
The car: The Rolls Royce Sweptail
The price tag: First you have to find it – and given its limited edition numbers, that original $13 million price tag will likely be substantially higher once you do. That’s because only 4,000 Sweptail vehicles were rolled out, crafted to the preferred specifications of one special customer whose identity has never been released.
The facts: Bespoke seating, panoramic sunroof, center-console champagne dispenser, leather-wrapped casing for your laptop and more make this the coolest car you may never actually see in person.
#26 The world’s most expensive book of scripture sold at auction – over US $14 millionThe book: Bay Psalm Book, dating from the year 1640 and credited with being the first book ever printed in British North America
The price tag: Sold at a Sotheby’s New York auction in 2013 for US $14,165,000 – the highest price ever paid for a book in auction .
The facts: Just 1,700 copies of this book were produced, and the book sold at auction having been one of only 11 remaining copies.
#25 The world’s most expensive license plate – US $14.2 millionThe license plate: The most expensive license plate ever sold, according to Guinness, consists of just a single digit – “1”
The price tag: The license plate was sold during a special auction by Emirates Auction Company, sold for US $14.2 million.
The facts: The buyer? UAE businessman Saeed Abdul Ghaffar Khouri, who is quoted as having said at the time: “The price is fair. After all, who among us does not want to be number one?”
#24 The world’s most expensive flower – US$15.8 million for a bouquetThe flower: the Juliet Rose
The price tag: It would cost about US$15.8 million to assemble a sizeable bouquet of the flowers
The facts: This particular species of rose took 15 years to make and was first displayed in 2006 at the Chelsea Flower Show. One of the biggest draws to this flower is its unique method of bloom, as its buds beautifully shift in tone and colour to create a uniquely spectacular (and record-holding) blossom.
#23 The world’s most expensive musical instrument sold at auction – nearly US$16 millionThe musical instrument: Stradivarius violin named Lady Blunt
The price tag: US$15,875,800 (sold at auction in London in 2011)
#22 The world’s most expensive illustrated manuscript to be sold – over US$30 millionThe manuscript: Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer
The price tag: Bill Gates placed the winning bid in 1994 for US$30,802,000
The facts: A highly-detailed journal containing da Vinci’s varied thoughts and illustrations – one of 30 remaining journals by the famed artist and named after the British nobleman who first obtained it in 1717. Bill Gates bought the journal in 1994 and in 1997, released its contents via digital scan into the world.
#21 The world’s most expensive drawing by an Old Master sold at auction – US$47.9 millionThe drawing: Raphael’s Head of a Muse
The price tag: Sold for US$47.9 million at a 2009 Christie’s auction in London
The facts: The record-setting piece was initially estimated to be sold for US$20 million, but ultimately sold for well over that.
#20 The world’s most expensive custom phone ever made – US $48.5 millionThe phone: Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond
The price tag: This custom-designed iPhone cost a whopping US $48.5 million. Yup, you read that right.
The facts: The owner of this over-the-top phone is Nita Ambani, wife to successful Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani. According to ValueWalk.com, the phone itself is 24-carat gold, featuring an enormous pink diamond and platinum coating.
#19 The world’s most expensive domain name ever sold – US $49.7 millionThe domain: CarInsurance.com
The price tag: According to Wikipedia, the domain was sold in 2010 for US $49.7 million.
The facts: The site (you guessed it!) helps you find the best car insurance rates. Clearly someone really wanted it for their company, but would you blow just under U S$50 million on a fancy domain name? Hey, to each their own…
#18 The world’s most expensive diamond necklace – US $55 millionThe necklace: L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace
The price tag: 407.48 carats, white diamonds and 18-karat rose gold make this yellow diamond necklace worthy of its US $55 million price tag.
The facts: The spectacular diamond was first discovered in the Congo by a girl in the Congo over three decades ago.
#17 The world’s most expensive watch – US $55 millionThe watch: Graff Diamonds Hallucination
The price tag: US $55 million
The facts: Crafted with 110 carats of diamonds in a rainbow of colours, the Graff Diamonds Hallucination watch qualifies more as art piece than timepiece.
#16 The world’s most expensive earrings sold at auction – US$57.4 millionThe earrings: mismatched pair of coloured diamond earrings, sold separately at the same auction (no word on whether or not the same buyer bought both)
The price tag: Sold separately at auction via Sotheby’s at the Geneva Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels sale for a combined US$57.4 million
The facts: The earrings were named after the ancient Greek twin deities Apollo and Artemis, with Sotheby’s noting that these earrings are the most valuable ever presented at auction.
#15 The world’s most expensive work by a living artist – US$58.4 millionThe work: Balloon Dog (Orange) by artist Jeff Koons
The price tag: US$58.4 million, sold to an anonymous buyer in New York City for US$58.3 million in 2013
The facts: The record-holding stainless steel structure measures in at 12-feet tall!
#14 The world’s most expensive vintage sports car – US $70 millionThe car: 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO
The price tag: Sold in June of this past year to WeatherTech founder and CEO David MacNeil, this particular model of 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO happened to also be a Tour de France-winner, fetching U S$70 million in its record-setting sale.
The facts: Buyer MacNeil, whose fortune is rooted in his early-days sale of high-end floor mats, is a Ferrari-fanatic, to say the least. Among his collection, you’ll find a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta SWB, 250 GT Lusso and 275 GTB, just to name a few.
#13 The world’s most expensive jewel – US $71.2 millionThe jewel: The Pink Star, an oval-shaped diamond with 59.6-carats
The price tag: The Pink Star was sold in 2017 at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong for $US71.2 million.
The facts: The diamond was first discovered in an African mine in 1999 and noted on the Sotheby’s website as the jewel with the highest price paid for any work sold at auction in Asia.
#12 The world’s most expensive painting by a living artist – US$110 millionThe painting: Flag (1958) by artists Jasper Johns of the U.S.
The price tag: Sold privately in 2010 to hedge fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen for US$110 million, setting the record for most expensive painting by a living artist.
#11 The world’s most expensive sculpture sold at auction – US $141.28 millionThe sculpture: Titled L’homme au doight (“Pointing Man,” 1947) and sculpted by Alberto Giacometti
The price tag: Sold in 2015, the sculpture fetched US $141.28 million.
The facts: L’homme au doight translates quite literally to what the sculpture portrays: a 5-foot 10-inch bronze statue of a man with one arm extended in a “pointing” fashion and holds its most expensive record with Guinness World Records.
#10 The world’s most expensive concept yacht for sale right now – €185 millionThe boat: For the most expensive yacht that’s currently for sale on the market, we present Project Infinity. This 104-metre luxury yacht is currently being built in Germany, set for delivery in 2020.
The price tag: For early bidders, BoatInternational.com has Project Infinity listed for sale for a cool €185 million.
The facts: 16-guest accommodations, room for a crew of 36, a helideck, glass elevator, indoor and outdoor cinema, and beach club, just to name a few of its features. Keep reading for the most expensive super-yacht (not for sale) on our list – and yes, there’s a difference.
#9 The world’s most expensive oil painting sold through private sale – US$250 millionThe painting: Titled The Card Players
The price tag: Just one piece from the collection has been sold, at a price of US$250 million by the Royal Family of Qatar and holds a secondary record as the second-most expensive piece of art ever sold in the world’s history.
The facts: The rare collection of paintings are by famous French Post Impressionist artist Paul Cezanne, and are some of the best-known and widely recognized oil paintings in the world.
#8 The world’s most expensive painting sold via private sale – US $300 millionThe painting: The painting, titled Nafea Faa Ipoipo (“When Will You Marry?”) was painted in 1982 by artist Paul Gaugin
The price tag: The painting set the world record for most expensive when it was sold via private sale in 2015 for US $300 million.
#7 The world’s most expensive private jet – US $300 millionThe plane: The Dream Jet, BBJ 787
The price tag: US $300 million, and for those who charter its services, you can expect to pay US $70,000 per hour.
The facts: As detailed on Beam.com the 220-square-foot luxury jet offers seating for 40 passengers, who would be able to travel for 20 hours without any stops. Its operating company, Deer Jet, estimates that even shorter flight charters will run customers almost US $500,000 per fight. The plane itself features private dining areas, a master bedroom with a private en-suite bathroom, as well as a dressing room, TV area, and lounge.
#6 The world’s most expensive military aircraft (per unit) – US $1.3 billionThe aircraft: US-made B-2 Spirit, a long-range multi-role bomber
The price tag: US $1.3 billion
The facts: Guinness notes this aircraft has special coatings as well as a “flying-wing” design. These features work in conjunction to make the plane practically invisible to radar.
#5 The world’s most expensive private residential property – US $2 billionThe house: Welcome to Antilla, a 27-storey personal skyscraper that Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani calls home in Mumbai, India. If his last name sounds familiar, it should: Ambani’s wife also made an appearance on our list with the record of “most expensive phone” – a reminder: her custom iPhone rang in it a staggering US $48.5 million. Talk about a record-setting power couple!
The price tag: This sprawling abode cost Ambani US $2 billion to build in 2010, making it the world's most expensive private residence.
The facts: The skyscraper boasts 400,000 square feet of living space, three helipads, a theatre, health spa… the list goes on. It takes 600 full-time staff to maintain the property 24/7.
#4 The world’s most expensive telescope – US $2.1 billionThe telescope: Hubble Space Telescope
The price tag: US $2.1 billion
The facts: The Hubble Space Telescope holds the Guiness World Record for being the most expensive telescope in the world. It was first launched in April of 1990 and is responsible for several major discoveries since then, including confirmation that our universe is expanding and helping to pin down the age of the universe.
#3 The world’s most expensive custom superyacht – US$4.8 billionThe yacht: The History Supreme ranks on our list as the most expensive custom superyacht – and no, it’s not for sale.
The price tag: US$4.8 billion, bought by a Malaysian businessman who elected to remain anonymous, but commissioned the custom yacht to luxury design brand Stuart Hughes
The facts: This superyacht is in a league of its own, made from solid gold and platinum, as well as containing statues crafted from authentic dinosaur bones – because when you’ve got billions to spend on a boat – why not? Luxury Launches tagged this as the most expensive yacht in 2011 and to date, no other commissioned custom yacht has taken the title.
#2 The world’s most expensive helicopter – US$13.2 billionThe helicopter: proposed fleet of 28 VH71 Kestrel helicopters
The price tag: The estimate for this proposed fleet was set at US$13.2 billion, setting the record for most expensive helicopter.
The facts: While the estimated cost solidifies its record as most expensive, it also prompted a halt in the programme in 2009, when the proposal was set for re-evaluation of costs.
#1 The world’s most expensive man-made object on Earth – US $19.6 billionThe object: The Itaipu hydroelectric dam on the Parana River
The price tag: If you think US $19.6 billion is a hefty price tag in today’s market, consider this: the Itaipu dam cost that when it was first built in 1984.
The facts: The dam consists of four combined dams, joined to create its total length of 23,737 feet, and according to Wikipedia, its hydroelectric power plant was able to produce the most energy (of any kind) in 2016.