Value is one of those words that means something different to everybody – but most people
understand that a gleam of a diamond or the showy decline of a Lamborghini car door means business. But what about things that cost ostentatious amounts of money that are also subjective in value? Take a look at 5 of the most valuable items in the world and decide if you’d shell out the dough to take one of them home (if you had the chance, of course).
1. The Hubble Space Telescope – $2.1 Billion
Launched in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope is the most expensive telescope in the world and has been responsible for numerous discoveries in the last 30 years. It has seen locations more than 13.4 billion light years away and is accountable for over 13 thousand scientific journal entries. It is one of the most valuable tools ever built, both in research and monetary amount.
2. “Nafea Faa Ipoipo” (AKA “When Will You Marry?”) – $300 Million
Breaking the world record for the most expensive painting sold at the time in 2015, this portrait by French Post-Impressionist Paul Gaugin was crafted in 1892 and had been on display at a museum in Switzerland prior to the sale. It was sold to Sheika Al-Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, the late leader of Qatar and a prolific collector where it was shown in 3 separate museums before returning to reside with Al-Thani. The painting’s whereabouts are unclear today, but most likely it is under the possession of Al-Thani’s estate.
3. The Pink Star Diamond – $71.2 Million
The Pink Star diamond was mined somewhere in Africa in 1999, and after it underwent two years of expert diamond polishing it went on to break the record as the largest (refined) and most expensive diamond ever sold. The buyer came from a Hong Kong jewellery firm in 2017 during a Sotheby’s auction, and the final winning bid capped off at a colossal 71.2 million dollars. The previous world-record holder for most expensive diamond was a gem called the Oppenheimer Blue; it sold in Geneva for $57.5 million.
4. A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO – $70 Million
It may seem a little out of hand for even the greatest of sports car enthusiasts, but this Ferrari 250 GTO has had a lot to prove over the years and is rated today by car specialists as one of the top 3 GTO’s in the world. It has won the 1964 Tour de France, a death-defying feat in itself, and placed 4th in the Le Mans, another high profile and highly dangerous race. It is one of the only 36 makes of this short-lived model and was purchased by Ferrari enthusiast and floor-mat entrepreneur David MacNeil in 2018.
5. The Juliet Rose – $15.8 Million per Bouquet
A rose as lovely as Shakespeare’s prose, and 15 million times harder to get your hands on (but not actually). The Juliet Rose is a lightly scented peachy-coloured favorite for weddings and functions requiring elegance; it took David Austin (a famous rose breeder) a total of 15 years to cultivate the strain. The rose is known as the “5-million-dollar rose” due to the cost that went into developing the in-demand flower, making a bouquet hypothetically worth $15.8 million, although you can actually purchase the roses for much, much (much) cheaper.
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