The Shape of Things

The Most Expensive Corkscrew

 

Whether you are a wine connoisseur, a collector of beautiful things, or just like to have really expensive items, you may find just what you’re looking for in the Sveid corkscrew. The fifty-two pieces of this corkscrew are made from aviation titanium and the fingertip level is custom made, with the choices of casting being eighteen carat platinum or yellow gold. One also has the option of the hinges being cast in gold. The box that the corkscrew sits in can also be customized with many different options for types of wood and colour of lining. The presentation box and the corkscrew can both be engraved.

The corkscrew has a slight resemblance to a Swiss Army knife. In addition to the corkscrew, there is also a cap cutter. When not being used, the corkscrew can be folded compactly. The corkscrew costs approximately $71,000 USD.


World’s Most Expensive Cantaloupe

 

One may not think of this breakfast fruit as something that is considered to be for the wealthy only but a pair of cantaloupe has recently sold in Japan for 2.5 million yen, which is just over $22,000 USD. This pair of melons comes from the Yubari region which is known for having some of the sweetest and juiciest cantaloupes on earth. Before this industry hit it big in this area it was a mining town but it has recently gone bankrupt.

The sale of these melons at Japan’s Sapporo City Central Wholesale Markets may help the local economy. This was the location of the auction, which featured over one hundred Yubari melons. This pair was definitely of the highest value and was sold to the owner of a neighboring seafood lunchbox and souvenir shop.

 

 

 


The Nephria

 

Nephria is the world’s most expensive beauty bar. It contains jade powder as well as pure oils from apricot, olive and jojoba, which cleanses, revitalizes, rejuvenates, and reinvigorates the skin.

The jade used to create this unique and very expensive beauty bar emits far-infrared rays. These rays are close to what you find in the rays of the sun.

Nephria is a great stocking stuffer if you don’t mind the price tag of £17.99 for 120g or $35.00 USD.


The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong

 

With the rate of inflation and and the urge to build bigger and better buildings, this record may not last long.

The most expensive building ever built that we could find is the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong designed by architect, Ieoh Ming Pei.

The Bank of China Tower, built in 1989, is 72 stories, measuring 369 meters or 1,209 feet and cost $1 billion USD to build.

The Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center was expected to be completed in 2009 at a cost of $1.5 – 2 billion USD.

 

 


Expensive Hotdogs at Sweden

 

 

If you were in Stockholm, Sweden last September 15, 2005, you have had the unique opportunity of having the United Nations take a big bite out of your wallet.

However, it was all in fun as the money all went to UN-led relief efforts.

Members of United Nations Development Programme’s Nordic Office were out on the streets selling hot dog for a relishy 999 kronors and if all you had was American money, then $150.00 would pretty much cover it.


The Most Expensive Cigarettes by Luck Strike

 

With the cost of cigarettes rising every day and all the new laws regarding where you can and cannot smoke, you may be wondering if it is all worth it, even if you really do enjoying smoking your favorite brand.

You can find all kinds of unique tobacco products for every brand on the market; however, Lucky Strike has the top billing for the most expensive cigarettes. In 2006, Lucky Strike created a one-off pack. The package that was created is what was so stunning. The cigarettes were placed in an 18-carat white gold package with one diamond and one ruby.

The cigarette package was placed on display at various European airports throughout 2006 with smaller look-alike packs for sale in specific airports. The most expensive pack of Lucky Strikes had a price tag of $100,000 and was used to heighten the sales of the Lucky Strike brand.


The L’Oiseleur

 

 

L’Oiseleur is a 4-foot tall automaton doll. It comes with sword, flute, a pair of singing birds, and wonderful hand embroidered in the Renaissance era clothing. As exquisite as it is, this doll plays the flute to the tune of Marche des Rois. Also, it does not use any type of electricity or any motors. It runs purely on spring driven cogs and gears.

The L’Oiseleur when translated means “The Bird Trainer”. This doll has a price tag of $6,250,000. It is probably worth this figure since it has 2,340 gilt or polished steel parts. It took over 15,000 hours to create in a Swiss workshop.

 

 


What are Australia’s Best Beaches?

According to the latest count, there are over 10,000 beaches in Australia and while we are not sure even if those who surveyed that vital piece of stat can name all of them, there are definitely a few that stand out and are a must see. If you plan to visit Australia this holiday season, then a trip to one, or even all of these beaches would truly make your holiday Down Under complete. Here are some of the wonderful beaches of this amazing continent-country.

Bells

If you have time for visiting just one Australian beach and are a surfing enthusiast, then this is where you would want to be. Bells Beach is without a shadow of a doubt the surfing capital of the country and sitting on the coast of Victoria, this where the pros hone their skills on the board. If you are not very confident about the surf experience, then you can always shop!

Bondi

Just 7Km away from Sydney, there is no wonder why Bondi beach is Australia’s most well-known one. Considering how most tourists make Sydney a ‘must stop’ on the trip Down Under and how close it is to the city, it thrives with tourists all the time and its popularity is well-earned. You can surf, swim, get a tan and pretty much enjoy a whole plethora of Sydney’s cosmopolitan delights here.

Hyams 

While others might be more famous, you must visit Hyams beach for its sheer natural beauty and the amazing white sand, which will ensure that you have a trip that looks picture perfect. You might never want to come off this amazing natural setting, but in case you wish to explore, it also offers easy access to the Jervis Bay National Park and the Booderee National Park.

Byron Bay

The easterly most point of the Australian continent, Byron Bay in New South Wales is another of those beaches that is incredibly popular and renowned. It promises a variety of activities though as you can go deep water diving, kayaking with dolphins, lay back on its serene beach as you enjoy the cool coastal winds and of course surfing.

Cable Beach

Another captivating beach that will steal the hearts of those who love nature and anyone who wishes to soak in pristine white sands and watch the sun set in the magnificent Indian Ocean. The fact that it stretches a good twenty-two kilometers, means this is one of those rare ‘popular’ beaches where you can actually find a private and secluded spot.


The Grand Opulence Sundae

 

Regardless of age, everybody loves ice cream. The Grand Opulence Sundae from Serendipity of New York City has the title of the world’s most expensive ice cream with a value of $1,000 per serving.

The Grand Opulence Sundae is actually garnished with 23k edible gold. You may believe that this treat is one that can be purchased on rare occasion by only the rich and famous. However, Serendipity reports they sell one of these sundaes per month.