A couple of years ago, Australian winemaker Penfolds launched 2004 Block 42 to a staggering market price of $168,000. It is easily stole the thunder from the 1787 Chateau Lafite December 1985, which previously held the privilege of being the most expensive wine ever. Unlike the latter, with its interesting and mysterious history, Block 42 is a young upstart merely armed with a lot of bling and the rudimentary attitude to go with it. The merchandise, which is encased in special cabinet is a glass ampoule affair. It holds 750 milliliters of the 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. This would probably earn some frown from some sensible wine experts since the same liquor that comes in a normal bottle and packaging retails today at $661. What distinguishes the former is the design which is not unlike the shape of nuclear warhead. It is touted as “beautiful, thoughtful and unique” being made from hand-blown glass. The ampoule itself is suspended within a plumb-bob grey glass. Eminent Australian glass sculptor, Nick Mount, designed the casing (see below to appreciate).
The owner of this ridiculously priced bottle will join a select few since there are only twelve of such wines produced in the entire world. In case you are one of the twelve, you will have a senior member of Penfolds Winemaking team at your beck and call, personally attending you in a special ceremony at the time of the opening. Penfolds declared:
The winemaker will travel to the destination of choice, where the ampoule will be ceremoniously removed from its glass plumb-bob casing and opened using a specially designed, tungsten-tipped, sterling silver scribe-snap. The winemaker will then prepare the wine using a beautifully crafted sterling silver tastevin.
If you would immediately be next in line when Penfolds launch a similar wine supposing splurging money is right up your alley, then perhaps these ridiculously expensive contraptions might interest you as well. They most assuredly would hold their own beside the bottle of the 2004 Block 42.
Bugatti Buckle: $98,000
This belt buckle boasts of Swiss watch making technology having been developed in partnership with the luxury company Roland Iten. It reportedly has hundreds of parts and cogs, doing their little respective roles with impeccable precision every time you need to unbuckle your pants. Oh, have I mentioned that it costs more than the Chevrolet Corvette?
Zafirro Iridium Razor: $100,000
The handle of this razor is made from iridium, the material used for building spaceships. The blade is made of sapphire, which supposedly would not require any sharpening till kingdom come.
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Just when you thought it could not get better than this, here comes Satya Paul Design Studio Necktie worth a whopping $220,000. It touted itself – unsurprisingly, I may add – as THE most expensive tie ever. It is festooned with gold and diamonds. It does stake a strong claim to the word ugly but if you have the money and the itch to buy, then why hesitate?