For every ordinary thing you own, there's an obnoxiously expensive billionaire's version of it out there. Ultrafancy computers built with gold. Hyperexpensive toilets that warm wealthy butts. There are even programmable showers that boast your choice of specially scented "shower scenarios."
Don't believe me? Well then, click on, my skeptical friend -- and take a look at how the absurdly rich truly live.
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The internals of the phone are decent -- it runs 5.1 Lollipop, has a 21-megapixel camera capable of 4K video, and has a 5.2-inch sapphire screen -- but it's the exterior embellishments and bonus features that run up the price. When you add in the beluga black and hotspur red Bentley Leather, polished titanium detailing, side key knurling, 18 months' worth of access to a concierge and a "personal lifestyle manager," this phone's price jumps to $14,000.
At roughly $10,000 a pop, the Toto Neorest 750H is one of the most expensive toilets in the world. It comes with all the bells and whistles: a warm-water cleanse, warm-air dryer, heated seat, integrated light, and an in-bowl catalytic deodorizer.
It is the ultimate in bowel-movement-related luxury.
Some dog breeds are worth more than others, but few can stand paw-to-paw with the Red Tibetan Mastiff. A few years ago, a businessman from China spent $1.5 million to buy a purebred Red Tibetan Mastiff named Big Splash.
If you're shopping for a Red Tibetan Mastiff of your own, the good news is that prices have come down significantly. These days you can buy one for merely thousands of dollars, rather than millions. Just be sure you have plenty of room at home first -- Red Tibetan Mastiffs are massive dogs.
Want a one-of-a-kind Mac that's a little bit more portable? ColorWare has also created this 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina using a specialized art application that looks and feels as if the entire device was carved from stone.
The Cambusa opens up to reveal a full-service food storage solution, including a pantry, refrigerated compartment, coffee maker, and ice bin -- some of which you can view through the appliance's portholes.
Putting one of these in your own kitchen will set you back just over $40,000.
Feeling hungry? Why not head to Honky Tonk, an American-style restaurant in London, and order their world-famous Glamburger?
The elevated hamburger, which sells for £1,100 ($1,580), uses a slew of top-tier ingredients: Iranian saffron, beluga caviar, white truffle, matcha tea, Canadian lobster, gold leaf, black truffle brie, New Zealand venison, and kobe beef.
Chef Chris Large says the creation tastes great. We can't get approval to put a $1,580 burger on our expense account, though, so we'll just take his word for it.
Anyone who's shopped for kitchen appliances lately knows that a good stove can be expensive. The Grand Palais 180 stove from La Cornue takes expensive to the next level -- the base model of this (admittedly gorgeous) kitchen appliance starts around $57,000.
What's that, you say? A $50,000 range isn't luxurious enough? Truly discriminating billionaires would do well to try the Electrolux Molteni stove. Each one is hand-built by craftsmen in France and designed to be the centerpiece of your kitchen.
Electrolux says their Molteni will last a lifetime. It damn well better, given its $100,000-plus price tag.
I think I've found it -- the most absurdly extravagant investment you'll ever make into a fad.
Luxury designer Alexander Amosu has created a $390,000 hoverboard custom-made with 13,888 grams of pure gold. The design took two-and-a-half months to create, and is built on top of a Solowheel Hovertrax board.
CNET has seen its share of expensive mechanical keyboards, but none quite compare with the sheer...expensiveness...of the Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional HP Japan from Fujitsu. Each unlabeled key of this clicky beauty is hand lacquered 10 times before being dusted with gold.
The keyboard had an original price tag of 525,000¥ ($4,800) when it was released as a special edition back in 2006.
A common theme of this gallery seems to be that rich people will cover just about anything in gold, no matter how ridiculous. Which is exactly how we wound up with this, a 24-karat-gold-plated toaster from Dualit.
This hand-assembled "special edition toaster" sold for $1,440 at U.K. retailer Selfridges -- which works out to about $360 per toasting slot.
Does a more expensive mattress make for a better night's sleep? If so, the Savoir No. 1 mattress is the apex of nighttime comfort -- this $75,000 mattress is one of the most expensive you can buy anywhere.
You'll need to cut one open to see why they're so expensive, or...
It'll be nothing but the finest hot dogs for you and your backyard buds with the K1000HS Hybrid Freestanding Grill from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet -- Forbes called the $25,000-plus beast the Rolls Royce of backyard grills.
It's not hard to see why -- this 179,800 BTU high-tech marvel allows you to interchangeably use charcoal, wood or propane while grilling. With 1,012 square inches of grilling area, the K1000HS gives your food the perfect cookout flavor with minimal prep time.
If you want to create the ultimate billionaire's home-theater room, you're going to need some quality movies -- the exact same quality movies currently running in public theaters. That's the lure of the Prima Cinema System -- the 1080p24 home theater player is the only one that allows you to watch new releases in the comfort of your own compound.
The privilege doesn't come cheap, though: You'll need to drop $35,000 on the player itself, and another $500 per movie you wind up watching.