Any single item I’ve ever purchased has never cost more than $1,000. However, there are a few people who have the money to spend on the most excessive, unneeded, and expensive items in the world.
A pink diamond implanted in rapper Lil Uzi Vert’s forehead cost $24 million, but it was stolen from his forehead as he was crowd surfing at Rolling Loud. Unbelievable sums of money can be spent on really absurd items by some extremely wealthy individuals, yes.
It occurred to me that with all of the high-priced products people purchase, what’s the most expensive object in the world? The most costly item in the world came to mind after a lot of brainstorming and discussion with my pals.
Spaceships? Office complexes the size of football fields? What do we know about the royal jewels? There are a variety of reasons why this is a tough question to answer.
First of all, it’s impossible to know how much certain items would sell for on the open market because some items don’t trade on the open market. You can’t, for example, buy an Apollo space shuttle on eBay. For the purposes of this post, instead of focusing on the most costly item in the world, we’ll take a look at some of the most outrageously expensive ones.
History Supreme ($4.5 Billion)
Indeed, a 100-foot boat that costs $4.5 billion is clearly the most expensive yacht on the planet. $4.5 billion is more than double the gross domestic product of Lesotho, a small African nation. The Freedom Tower in New York City cost $700 million more than this.
Stuart Hughes, a British boat designer who resembles a real-life Goldfinger, came up with the concept for this monstrous vessel. Diamonds and gold were used to decorate the History Supreme, just like he is known for doing in the past.
Over 100,000 kg of platinum, gold and other precious metals are embedded in the vessel. One of the world’s richest men, Malaysian billionaire Robert Kuok, is rumoured to own this extravagantly pricey yacht. A T. rex skeleton and a slew of other ostentatious artefacts are said to be on display in the boat’s cabin.
The $100 Billion Masjid al-Haram
Masjid al-Haram, also known as the Great Mosque of Mecca, is one of the world’s most important religious structures and the most expensive construction on the planet. The Holy Kaaba, Islam’s most sacred site, is at the heart of the structure.
The Holy Kaaba attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world. At any given moment of the day or night, you’ll find worshipers circumnavigating the Holy Kaaba counter-clockwise and praying.
Approximately 356,000 square metres is the total area of the Great Mosque. With the Holy Kaaba, Masjid al-Haram is also home to other important religious sites like the Station of Abraham (the Black Stone), and Zamzam Well. As the most costly structure in the world, it is estimated to be valued at around $100 billion.
Salvator Mundi ($450 Million)
In addition to being the most recognised artist in history, Leonardo da Vinci also created the world’s most costly picture, The Last Supper. And the Salvator Mundi’s narrative is utterly outlandish.
Saudi Prince Bader bin Abdullah b. Mohammed b. Farhan al-Saud (the same al-Saud CIA found guilty of ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi) purchased the classic Renaissance painting at a Christie’s auction for $450 million.
No one seems to know exactly where the painting is at this moment. In the Middle East, many agree, but there have been claims that it is in Geneva’s tax-free zone or even aboard bin Salam’s private jet.
The picture sold at Christie’s auction in 2017 was questioned by numerous art experts as not being an authentic Da Vinci at all. Until the painting is found, the world won’t know.
1963 Ferrari 250 GTO ($70 Million)
Fancy cars are a common purchase for the wealthy, as we’ve all seen. When WeatherTech founder and CEO David MacNeil purchased a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO (with chassis number 4153) for $70 million, he elevated it to a whole new level.
MacNeil became a member of a select group of GTO owners when he paid the auction’s all-time high price.
There’s even a 250 GTO Tour for owners that includes some of the world’s wealthiest and most interesting people, such as Ralph Lauren, Pink Floyd musician Nick Mason, and the millionaire Lord Anthony Bamford (the only person to ever own two 250 GTOs).
Buckingham Palace ($6.7 Billion)
It’s no surprise that the world’s most costly mansion belongs to one of the world’s most well-known and affluent families. Buckingham Palace, the official residence of the British monarchy, is valued at a whopping $6.7 billion, although it is unlikely to be put on the market in the near future.
In the event of a medical emergency, the palace’s 775 rooms, pool, and operating room are all at your disposal. Most of the house’s rooms are open for self-guided tours.
According to legend, Buckingham Palace is home to more than 200 beds (including 19 staterooms), 92 office spaces, and 78 baths. Of course, Buckingham Palace is well-served by a large staff of 400 employees.
Antilia ($2 Billion)
Antilia, owned by Asia’s richest tycoon Mukesh Ambani, is clearly a private mansion, unlike Buckingham Palace. It’s a 27-story building with double-height ceilings in one of Mumbai’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. There’s also a chamber where you can generate fake snowfall when it’s too hot in Mumbai.
When you think of Antilia, you think of an oceanic island that has long been shrouded in mystery. In addition to the many trees and flowers, there is an ice cream parlour, a big interior temple, and a private movie theatre. When Ambani and his other wealthy friends come to stay for work or pleasure, they can park their cars on six floors of the building.
Hope Diamond ($450 Million)
The Hope Diamond, a 45.52-carat blue diamond estimated to be worth $450 million, is the most costly and most well-known item of jewellery in history. The presence of boron atom impurities is thought to be the cause of the blue hue.
According to the legend, the Hope Diamond was mined in southern India. From King Louis XIV, it passed to the royal family of France before being stolen in 1792. This piece reappeared in a notable London banking family’s collection in 1839.
Before that, no one has any idea what happened to it. When the Hope Diamond resurfaced, it shifted hands several times until being donated to the Smithsonian in 1958 by a diamond dealer named Harry Winston.