Most people have a plan for what they’d do if they won the lottery – and everyone’s lists look pretty similar. Buy a house, pay off your debt, donate to charity – maybe get a flash car or go on a nice holiday if you’ve some left over. With that said, what do people buy when money is literally no object? It turns out – they buy some pretty ridiculous stuff. So, here are the most expensive useless things that millionaires spend their money on.
3 Million Dollar Window
Now, I know millionaires will pay a lot of money for a good view. But, paying a lot of money for just a window seems a little extreme. Sure, this window was allegedly the one used by the sniper that shot JFK. But, I’m still not sure it’s worth three million dollars.
Plus, to make this story extra crazy, there’s a lawsuit going on because no-one knows if it’s even the real window. So, some random rich person may have spent three million on a totally ordinary window, which is pretty useless if you ask me.
30 Million Da Vinci Scientific Journal
When you’re as rich as Bill Gates you can pretty much afford to buy anything you want, so it’s pretty interesting to see what he spends his money on. Turns out, it includes a volume of Da Vinci’s original scientific notes, which set him back a cool 30 million dollars.
They’re historically super important obviously, but they’re also pretty useless. They are kind of indecipherable and also you can’t handle them much due to their age. Still, it’s a better purchase than any of the other examples coming up!
Expensive Useless Things – 1.38 Million Dollar Gold Toilet Paper
So, a joke item that you can actually buy is toilet paper printed with dollar notes, which is supposed to make you feel richer than you actually are. The thing is, some millionaires have taken that one step further, and started buying toilet paper made from real gold.
It’s totally functional, 22 carat and two-ply, but it’s also literally no better than regular toilet paper. It exists just to impress guests when they walk into the bathroom. Then, they literally flush away a part of the 1.3 Million dollars spent on it, making it one of the most super expensive useless things.
$250,000 Gold Shirt
When most people go clothes shopping, they try to find things that are comfortable and easy to wear – or at least not downright dangerous to put on. However, a millionaire calling himself “the gold man” spent $250,000 on just one t-shirt, and that t-shirt is made of gold.
The shirt took 15 days to make and the lining is velvet, making it super heavy and uncomfortable to put on. Not just that, but you can’t wash it – so you can’t even wear it whenever you want.
Don’t get me wrong, getting a haircut is a totally practical thing, but the way this guy went about it is a little over the top. I mean, when the Sultan of Brunei decided he needed a trim he didn’t find a local barber – he decided only an English hairdresser would do.
The sultan genuinely paid $15,000 to fly a London barber 7000 miles to do his hair – and the man usually only charges £30.
That’s quite a steep price for something that usually takes an hour at the most, which makes it a completely useless expense.
What do you get the person who already has everything? Apparently, a giant real-life Tiger Shark, cut in half and suspended in formaldehyde. Sounds morbid I know, but the shark is actually an art piece by Damien Hirst, and someone originally bought for $93,000. That’s already pretty expensive, but then billionaire hedge-fund manager Steve Cohen bought the shark for $8 million.
Now, I know art isn’t usually useless, but remember, this is literally just a cut-in-half shark… and it’s decomposing, albeit slowly, so it won’t even be around forever.
Super Jumbo Jet
Buying a private jet is pretty standard millionaire behaviour. If you travel a lot then it’s definitely not useless. However, one member of the Saudi royal family made some upgrades to his jumbo jet that I’m not sure he’s ever going to use.
I mean, he spent 319 million dollars on a double-decker jumbo jet, and then had it remodelled to make room for all his horses and his two Rolls Royce’s on board.
That sent the price soaring past 500 million. Since I doubt he’ll go anywhere where he needs a herd of animals and two cars, I think it’s a pretty useless upgrade.
3.2 Million Dollar Dog Collar
Everyone loves their dog – they’re “man’s best friend” after-all. However, no matter how much money I had to spend, I’m not sure I’d ever be willing to drop 3.2 million dollars on a dog collar.
Yes you heard me right, the Amour Amour dog collar is 52 carats and encrusted with 1,600 individual diamonds. All that money on something the dog will either get dirty, take off at the first opportunity, or flat out refuse to wear in the first place.
Expensive Useless Things – $14,000 Diamond Tea Bag
You can use tea bags only once. So, spending any more money on them than necessary is a pretty pointless idea. With that said, someone out in the world owns a $14,000 tea bag, made by tea company PG Tips for their 75th anniversary.
Two hundred and eighty diamonds encrust the fully functional bag. But, it’s actually totally useless – because using it means the whole investment literally goes down the drain.
Solid Gold Lego Brick
Is there anything more useless than a single Lego brick? As it turns out, yes there is: a solid gold, 14 carat, single Lego brick.
Aside from weighing 2.65 grams, the brick has no use like a normal Lego brick. But, you can’t exactly mix it in with a bunch of normal plastic Lego.
That means that unless you’re willing to fork out another $14,000 for every gold Lego piece you make, the lonely gold brick is destined to never be used. It sure deserves a spot in this list of expensive useless things.
1.3 Million Dollar Surfboard
Be honest – if you bought a handmade surfboard for 1.3 million dollars, would you ride it? I’m guessing the answers no. It would most likely stay on a wall somewhere where it couldn’t get dirty or break.
The funny thing about this item is that it’s maker insisted it was expensive but not useless, and that every decision was made to give it the best ride possible. However, I’m not sure the lion painted on the bottom with real gold is adding to the ride at all, if you ask me.
7.5 Million Poker Set
Poker is a great way to lose money, so maybe it’s not surprising that some millionaires decided to throw away money on the actual poker set itself.
The most expensive poker set in the world contains cards are platinum plated, and white gold chips embellished with everything from rubies, white and black diamonds, emeralds and even sapphires. The result is a set that will set you back 7.5 dollars. It means you don’t even have to put any money on the chips!
Glace Luxury Ice Cubes
Now, $325 might not sound like a huge amount to spend on something if you’re a millionaire. But, what if I told you that that’s how much a bag of 50 ice cubes cost.
That’s right, millionaires will spend over 300 dollars on a bag of luxury ice cubes – which are supposed to keep your drink cold while remaining absolutely tasteless. That makes each cube $6.5, which is surely more than the price of the actual drink itself.
The Gold Bullion Mouse
You’ll need $36,00 for this gold mouse. However, this computer mouse isn’t actually real gold at all!
That means millionaires are paying that much money for a totally normal mouse just because it’s called the “gold bullion mouse”. Why not just save yourself the cash and take some gold spray paint to the mouse you already have? The end result is exactly the same.
Crystal Bath Tubs
I get it, sinking into a nice bath at the end of the day is an awesome feeling. However, I don’t think spending $227,000 on a crystal-studded bath would actually improve your experience at all.
The bath takes over 200 hours to make, because every Swarovski crystal has to be added individually. The end result is a super spiky bath that you definitely wouldn’t want to bump into on your way in or out.
As if that wasn’t crazy enough, you can also buy a dog version for almost $7000. Most dogs don’t even like baths!
Now the phrase, “designer brick”, is so ridiculous that it sounds like it can’t be real. But, it is, trust me. When designer company Supreme released bricks embossed with their logo, people queued around the block to buy them – even though they’re completely useless unless you plan on building a house.
They were only $30 at the time, which is crazy for a brick. The crazier thing is they’ve increased in value ever since they sold out. Now, it would cost $4,704,000 just to build a 2400 square foot house! Better stick to regular bricks if you ask me.
Designer Paper Bag
Jill Sander is a top fashion designer, and her name adds value to whatever she puts it on. Just how much value? Well, when she created her own designer version of a paper bag – it retailed for around $290 dollars.
It is expensive but is it useless too? To be fair, the bag does have stitched seams and a super durable material goes into its making.
So, it might last longer than your average paper bag. Even so, I’m not sure it will last long enough to make it a sensible purchase, designer logo or no designer logo.
Prada Paper Clip
Paper clips are the kind of thing you can buy in bulk for hardly any money at all. But, for some millionaires, normal paper clips just aren’t good enough. Don’t believe me? Well, there was enough demand for luxury paper clips that Prada released their own. How much they cost? A staggering $185 each!
To be fair to Prada, they have said they’re not actually paper clips. They’re money clips meant to hold large stacks of cash together. It means you’re wasting money just to carry the rest of your money around in a flashy way.
When I think of items that I don’t use very much, boomerangs are pretty high up on that list. However, if you’re a millionaire who just can’t live without one, the $1,325 Chanel version is probably your best bet.
The item was part of their 2017 sportswear range. It attracted controversy both because of its price tag and its alleged cultural appropriation.
Gold Domino Set
Ever felt like your domino set just wasn’t bling enough? Well, me neither, but if you have then how about this $153,000 set?
It is made entirely of solid gold, each studded with actual diamonds. In total that’s 168 or 15 carats of white diamonds, and 2.4kgs of 18-carat gold.
This would be a useless buy even if you were super into dominoes, but let’s face it – when was the last time you even saw anybody play?
Diamond Barbie Necklace
Spending money on expensive jewellery is kind of a waste, but at least you can actually wear it. However, a millionaire spent over $300,000 on a one-carat square cut pink diamond necklace that they couldn’t even wear as a ring. Confused? Well, this necklace was actually made for a doll, and was sold in auction around the neck of an actual Barbie.
I mean, I guess it’s good that it was sold because the money went to charity, but also what use could anyone possibly have for that? Could anything be more expensive useless things than this necklace?
Expensive watches are nothing new, and they’re actually one of the more useful things that millionaires spend their money on. With that said, this watch costs $450,000. You know what’s even funnier? The price has nothing to do with how good it is at telling the time.
So why the crazy price tag? Well, the strap is made from metal that came from the melted down Apollo 11, and fibers from real space suits have been woven into it. Not only that, but the face contains real moon dust, which has been melted down into the glass.
Pretty cool I know, especially if you’re super passionate about space. But, it’s still not any more useful than a watch you could buy for a fraction of the price.
I’ve already made the joke about flushing money down the toilet, but what if the toilet itself was a complete waste of cash. This toilet is both fully functional and made of eighteen-karat solid-gold, and there’s no guessing how much it’s worth.
Now, this is actually an art piece so it’s not meant to be used. But, it shows how ridiculous spending money on pointless things is. The ultimate joke is that the piece is actually called “America”, and I’m seriously not making that up.
Diamond Contact Lenses
If you always want your eyes to sparkle, these contact lenses can help. I mean, the Shekhar Eye Research Center has started selling diamond encrusted contact lenses, and a pair will set you back $15,000.
The good news is the diamonds don’t actually affect your vision, so you can wear them and still see perfectly. However, since they don’t improve your eyesight either they’re totally useless except for fashion purposes, and they’re more creepy than fashionable anyway – so they’re useless there too.
Did you like any of the expensive useless things in this list? And, what’s the most useless thing you’ve ever bought, and how much did it cost? Let me know in the comments down below. Thanks for reading!