Lately, it feels like almost everything — from gas to groceries to rent — is more expensive than ever (and, with record-high inflation and a skyrocketing cost of living, those feelings are absolutely valid). This got us thinking: what are the most expensive things in the world? While prices surge and change every day, we rounded up 50 of the most expensive things in the world right now.
Most expensive celebrity engagement ring: Mariah Carey’s engagement ring ($10 Million USD)
Most expensive Starbucks drink: Super Venti Flat White ($148.99 USD)
Most expensive handbag: Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse ($3.8 million USD)
Most expensive dog: Tibetan mastiff puppy ($1.95 million USD)
Most expensive city: New York City and Singapore (Approx. $4,500 USD monthly rent)
Most expensive restaurant: Sublimotion (approx. $2,380 USD per head)
Most expensive tequila: Tequila Ley .925 Diamante ($3.5 million USD)
Most expensive dress: Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress (approx. $5 million USD)
Most expensive pizza: The Louis XIII ($12,000 USD)
Made by Renato Viola, it’s no surprise that the Louis XIII comes at such a high cost, as it not only takes 72 hours to prepare, but it comes topped with three types of caviar, the finest lobster from Norway and seven types of cheese. Plus, it comes served with champagne.
Most expensive gemstone: The blue diamond ($3.93 million per carat)
From the famous Hope Diamond (which has its first records appearing in 1666) to the Heart of Eternity to the Oppenheimer Blue Diamond (which holds the record for the highest price paid for any diamond) – these gems are highly coveted among the rich and famous.
Most expensive college: Harvey Mudd College ($67,255 USD)
With the second highest production rates of STEM PhDs, Harvey Mudd has landed on lists of the best schools in the United States time and time again, and its engineering program is one of the best in the nation. One year of tuition costs a hefty $67,255 USD, but hopefully with a Harvey Mudd degree under your belt, you can get a high paying job pretty quickly.
Most expensive phone: Falcon Supernova iPhone 6 Pink Diamond ($48.5 million USD)
The Falcon Supernova is a customized iPhone 6 from 2004, which is covered in 24-carat gold and comes decorated with a giant pink diamond on the back. Coated in platinum, the flashy iPhone also has hack prevention technology to keep the owner’s information private.
Most expensive vinyl record: Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin ($2 million USD)
Most expensive food: Almas caviar (Approximately $34,500 USD per kg)
The reason almas caviar is so expensive is that it comes from albino sturgeon, a type of fish that only delivers a limited number of eggs once every 100 years – making it some of the most coveted caviar in the world.
Most expensive beauty product: Guerlain Orchidée Impériale Cure Face Treatment ($1,550 USD)
The intensive, four-week treatment aims at accelerating your skin’s renewal cycle, so this $1,550 product is something that you use for just four weeks at a time. Ultimately, the bioenergetic technology is supposed to leave you with firmer skin – but it comes with a catch. Guerlain recommends you use the treatment twice-per-year, which means you’d pay a whopping $3,100 annually for this one skincare product.
Most expensive sneakers: Solid Gold OVO x Air Jordans ($2 million USD)
Most expensive yacht: History Supreme ($4.8 billion USD)
Designed by luxury designer Stuart Huges, Malaysia’s richest man, Robert Knock, reportedly owns this impressive boat, which took around three years to build. And if that’s not enough, the master bedroom features a T-Rex bone statue, a wall made out of meteorite rocks and a 24-carat gold wall aquarium.
Most expensive hotel room: The Empathy Suite, Palms Casino Resort ($100,000 USD)
The most expensive room in the hotel is The Empathy Suite, which is an 8500 square foot penthouse designed by Damien Hirst. The room alon features a “hanging” pool, commissioned art works (including the bodies of two sharks), a 13-seater bar and more.
Most expensive cheese: Pule ($600 – $1,300 USD per pound)
Not only does it take 25 litres of donkey milk to produce a kilogram of Pule cheese, but the milk exclusively comes from Balkan donkeys in the Zasavica Special Nature Reserve – making it even more exclusive.
Most expensive alcoholic drink: Billionaire Vodka ($3.7 million USD)
Billionaire Vodka produces the alcohol entirely by hand, on demand. Not only is it made in small micro-batches, but it comes in a five-litre bottle designed by Leon Verre, decked out in around 3,000 diamonds and Swarovski crystals.