Gold in its purest form is a chemical element, atomic number 79 and symbol Au (the Latin word for gold is aurum). Even in ancient civilizations gold was sought after because of its seemingly magical qualities: gold does not rust, nor will it ever lose its shine. Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, gold has been a symbol of status. Egyptians used gold in their jewelry, as well as to adorn their temples and tombs. Today, we still use gold to represent status and wealth, but it a very different way. Here are 5 of the most unusual and outrageous objects ever made of gold.
This “Golden Apple” is the ultimate symbol of wealth for business men and women alike. In today’s hustle and bustle, everyone needs a laptop, and you can make sure yours is a cut above the rest for only $3,500.
Gold-Plated Rolls Royce
If you’re looking for the most in-your-face symbol of wealth and power, a gold-plated Rolls Royce could be just what you need. As if the “normal” version of this car wasn’t expensive enough ( only $450,000), a man known only as a “businessman from the Middle East” threw down just over $8 million for this powerful statement.
If driving around in a gold-plated car is too over-the-top for you, but you still need to get to where you’re going in style, consider this pair of gold headphones. Even if you are stuck riding the bus, just pop these bad boys in to send a powerful message to your fellow bus riders: that your wealth and power far surpasses their own. Priced at an affordable $250, it’s hard to see a downside (gold plated iPod sold separately).
Gold Baby Stroller
If having all of your wordly possessions covered in gold isn’t enough of a status symbol for you, make sure your baby has just as much blingin’ style as you. This golden stroller screams to the world, “not only do I have more money than you, my baby does too!” and it can be yours for only $850.
Touted as the “world’s most expensive toilet,” this gem is made of solid 24-carat gold and can be found in a jewelry store in Hong Kong. The toilet was made for $5 million back when the value of gold was only $200 an ounce. Today gold is valued at over $1,800 an ounce, making the toilet worth over $46 million.