Recently we brought you a breakdown of the world's most expensive luxury items - products so pricy, but so fabulous you just had to have them (thanks to a well-timed lotto win, obviously). Of course there's a flip side to this - and it's that for every amazing premium quality item out there, there's one that's just as expensive, but not quite as fabulous. In fact it's so over-the-top extravagant, it's almost ridiculous.
We'll let you judge for yourself, but here are some that make us shake our head and think, "If you're spending your money on this, it's possible you may have way too much of it".
We'll be the first to admit, we love bringing you stories about luxury yachts and ocean liners, usually with price tags somewhere in the mid-millions. That's normal if you're wealthy. This, on the other hand, is not - a superyacht with a receipt of $4.5 BILLION. Yup, not million. Billion. Who on earth would pay that much for a yacht in the first place? And why?? We can't answer the first question, because the buyer of the aptly named History Supreme superyacht chose to remain anonymous at the time of the sale (like we can blame him). But as for the second question, we think the answer has something to do with the 220,000 pounds of platinum and gold used to create this 98-foot floating folly. Would it not have been better to simply invest in platinum and gold instead? We'll never know…
Coffee is more than a drink to us - it's almost a religion, and any day that doesn't start with a quality cuppa is just a waste. But as much as we love coffee, we have to shake our heads at this extravagance - $20,000 for a designer Kees van der Westen espresso machine. Surely there are machines that are just as good, but more reasonably priced out there? $20,000 seems a little excessive - why not just buy your own premium coffee shop for the same price?
If lying around watching TV was an Olympic sport, we'd be gold medal winners every year for the next century. So we understand the lure of a fabulously expensive TV. What we don't understand is paying a colossal $2.25 million for one - even if it is crafted from 18-carat rose gold with a frame featuring 72 diamonds. It's a television, not a piece of jewellery - although you could be forgiven for mixing the two up, considering the Prestige HD Supreme Rose Edition designed by Stuart Hughes also features an inner frame of alligator skin, surrounded by the outer frame of gold and diamonds. Blow your millions on one of these, and you'll need to invest in another armchair for your lounge - as the bodyguard protecting your TV will need somewhere to sit too.
Probably the best-named luxury item we've ever heard of, the Douche Burger is exactly that - a food item for those with more money than sense (and there are more of them around than you think). Originally created as a joke by New York City’s 666 Burger food truck, it's since become an actual thing - a burger made from a Kobe beef patty, foie gras, gold leaf, champagne steam (?) and other gourmet items like lobster, truffles and caviar. Tip: If you're thinking about buying one of these, it might be time to think about hiring a financial adviser, as someone needs to save you from your spending habits!
Of course as a responsible GiantLottos.com player, we know you won't be wasting your lotto jackpot on any of these massively overpriced items. Well, maybe just one. After all, what's the point of having mega millions if you can't spend at least a few of them recklessly!