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Best bling for your buck

By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com
Friday, April 23, 2010
Posted: 2 pm ET

For those who might be pining for a little luxury but don't have the wealth to sustain the lifestyle -- well, you can always look. For gawker purposes only, Bloomberg Business Week has published a list of the world's most expensive stuff.

The costliest motorcycle, for instance, is a Dodge: the Tomahawk V10 Superbike, with a price tag of $700,000. Even an expensive Harley is less than $30,000, and you could buy a new Rolls Royce Phantom for under $400,000.

But the most expensive auto isn't a Rolls or a Bentley or even the $1.7 million Bugatti Veyron. It's the 1954-55 Mercedes Benz W196, which sold at auction in 1990 for $24 million.

Perhaps you'd prefer your luxury in a smaller package; something you could toss in your pocket or purse ... something like the 18-carat-rose gold iPhone for nearly $3 million designed by Stuart Hughes. It's the subtler version of the iPhone he designed last year for a personal client that was crafted of 22-carat gold and studded with 53 diamonds.

Stuart Hughes iPhone

Diamond encrusted Stuart Hughes iPhone (photo courtesy: stuarthughes.com)

Hughes designed the priciest television as well, the PrestigeHD Supreme Rose Edition, which will set you back about $2.3 million. It's 55 inches, covered in 18-carat rose gold, 72 diamonds and has alligator skin hand-sewn into the bezel, for whatever that's worth. Visit the designer's website for more eye-popping electronics.

So if you want to keep up with the Joneses, and knock them right out of the Park Avenue penthouse, you'll be required to flash around a lot of dough. Better yet, check out a slide show of all the expensive stuff and put some of them on your Christmas wish list.

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