Many of us are still smarting, financially, from the recession. However, there are some for whom it seems the recession was just a rumor.
These folks are super-rich, and have the money to spend on the best of the best. For elite technology goods and gadgets, the extremely wealthy are able — and willing — to spend millions of dollars on TVs, phones, computers and more.
If you’re rich enough, money really is no object. You can buy just about anything you want, whether it’s a gold-plated iPhone or a high-end TV custom designed just for you. Here are 10 of the most expensive technology items out there.
1. PrestigeHD Television: $2.26 million
The Stuart Hughes’ PrestigeHD Supreme Rose Edition television is quite expensive, and was bought for the equivalent of $2.26 million (it was paid for in British pounds). The 55” TV is powered by Metz and features a coating of 18-karat rose gold. The TV sparkles with 72 flawless, one-carat diamonds. If $2.26 million is too steep for your taste, you can get one with fewer diamonds and topaz for the mere cost of $1.5 million.
2. Susse Freres daguerreotype camera: $775,000
The daguerreotype camera is a fine example of old technology sold at auction in 2007 for 576,000 euro, or about $775,000 at the time. The Susse Freres is believed to be the oldest commercially manufactured camera in the world. But this camera may not be the most expensive example for long: In May, a daguerreotype camera is expected to fetch as much as $950,000 at auction.
3. Goldstriker iPhone: $3.2 million
If you want to talk in style, you simply must get the luxury Goldstriker iPhone 3GS Supreme. This is another offering from luxury designer Stuart Hughes. It features 22-karat gold—271 grams of it. There are more than 200 diamonds on the phone, all cut brilliantly to shine. The home button features a 7.1-carat diamond. And it’s not enough to just have this expensive phone. You’ll need to protect it as well. Your Goldstriker phone arrives in a granite and gold chest, nestled in top Nubuck leather.