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May 2, 2009 3:38 PM   Subscribe

The Most Expensive Journal blogs about $4,200 computer keyboards, $2.7 million guitars, and $11 million watches.
posted by Joe Beese (44 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, this will fit right in!
posted by R. Mutt at 3:47 PM on May 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


The main message of this site is that covering normal stuff with diamonds makes it expensive.

I love the "I Am Rich" iPhone app.
posted by roll truck roll at 4:01 PM on May 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


In the case of the guitar (which seems to be a run-of-the-mill Strat used as a rock star autograph book) and the watch (an antique which, tellingly, the original price of isn't mentioned), the secret to "most expensive" seems to be "intersected with someone with a lot of petrodollars to (almost literally) burn."
posted by Halloween Jack at 4:04 PM on May 2, 2009


Most expensive Wii game: $59.99.

OH THE HUMANITY!!

Seriously, why even put that one in there?
posted by Lemurrhea at 4:05 PM on May 2, 2009


Halloween Jack: "In the case of the guitar (which seems to be a run-of-the-mill Strat used as a rock star autograph book) and the watch (an antique which, tellingly, the original price of isn't mentioned), the secret to "most expensive" seems to be "intersected with someone with a lot of petrodollars to (almost literally) burn.""

In fairness, the watch is a horological masterpiece. You couldn't begin to compare the guitar to it.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:08 PM on May 2, 2009


Seriously, why even put that one in there?

Cos it's the most expensive. It's all the site is for.
posted by Brockles at 4:20 PM on May 2, 2009


i could be your personal commenter on mefi, but you can't afford me.
posted by the aloha at 4:24 PM on May 2, 2009


I do enjoy seeing "most expensive" when it's things like the watch: operating at the absolute apex of an art or craft, pushing the limits of a technology in order to produce the very finest of something.

When it's just about encrusting something with the skin of a unicorn and dusting it with diamond farts, I have no interest at all. The most expensive netbook is a Aspire with a costly case; it should be state-of-the-art miniaturisation, screen and power technology. Is the £4k keyboard even buckling spring? I bet it's a nasty dome-switch number. The world's most expensive keyboard should be something that makes a Type M blush, one that comes close to finger telepathy. Or even just a usable Optimus Maximus.

"Lacquered keys!" Oh, please.
posted by fightorflight at 4:29 PM on May 2, 2009 [7 favorites]


I love the "I Am Rich" iPhone app, a perfect deconstruction of trappings of wealth.
posted by jeffburdges at 4:31 PM on May 2, 2009


Heh. Guitar picks made from 4 billion year old meteorite fragments. $5000.
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 4:37 PM on May 2, 2009


journal? there appears to be peer review process.
design? this site's design clashes with it's content; i would prefer something especially gaudy to go with the base envy that this site exhibits.

negative? i do like the the inlay on the neck of the most expensive bass.
posted by the aloha at 4:46 PM on May 2, 2009


typo? there appears to be no peer review process.
posted by the aloha at 4:47 PM on May 2, 2009


Most expensive MeTa callout. This resulted in a $5000 fine for HK.
posted by netbros at 4:48 PM on May 2, 2009 [6 favorites]


Most expensive journal.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:49 PM on May 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


I recall a Scotch going for more than the one they list. Contingent on the exchange rate, of course, but I do favor Bowmore.
posted by 7segment at 4:55 PM on May 2, 2009


I just found out the other day that a 1964 bass that I own is worth 10-15x what I paid for it 12 years ago. This is actually not good news, as it's not for sale ever, and I had to get it out of the house and put it somewhere safe. I can't afford to even play my own bass! The collectible guitar market has just gone insane.
posted by Devils Rancher at 4:55 PM on May 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


I insist on Q-Tip brand cotton swabs. Generic cotton swabs just won't do.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:58 PM on May 2, 2009


The most expensive gun is considerably less gaudy than the most expensive bullet (which is a cheat because it's just some bling you can't even fire)
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 5:03 PM on May 2, 2009


I agree completely with you, fightorflight. It seems the majority of the tech items are assembled by people who have no clue what the technology is for (other than casing it in gold or putting lots of garish shit on it). The most expensive MP3 player has a measly gig of memory! If you expect me to pay $45,000 for that (guffaw), it better have a LOT more storage than the Sansa clip I paid $15 for.
posted by Dr-Baa at 5:14 PM on May 2, 2009


As an example: I'm not sure of the total cost of the build (the cost of the SSD drives alone is in the $16K range), but this computer would run circles around the world's most expensive one, performance-wise.
posted by Dr-Baa at 5:19 PM on May 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


Most expensive bed FTMFW!
posted by fucker at 5:51 PM on May 2, 2009 [4 favorites]


Wouldn't the most expensive Wii game be Wii Fit or one of the music-game box sets or something like that?
posted by box at 6:04 PM on May 2, 2009


Aww yeah, Beatles Rock Band set, $250.
posted by box at 6:05 PM on May 2, 2009


Okay, maybe I should've read the expensive-things blog before posting that.
posted by box at 6:06 PM on May 2, 2009


The $540 Lavin tennis shoes do not make the grade?
posted by Slap Factory at 6:36 PM on May 2, 2009


The Most Expensive Dog Ever is a clone of a Labrador Retriever.



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Seriously? You paid $155,000 USD to clone a Labrador Retriever? Couldn't you just... ya know.. go pick one out of a litter of identical dogs?
posted by Malice at 6:45 PM on May 2, 2009


Seriously? You paid $155,000 USD to clone a Labrador Retriever? Couldn't you just... ya know.. go pick one out of a litter of identical dogs?

But it wouldn't have been just like old Barney . . . which puts me in mind of the This American Life story about the couple who cloned their beloved dead Ferdinand-like bull only to end up with a demoncow out of Pet Sematary
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:02 PM on May 2, 2009


Yay, they've got the most expensive audio cables racket covered, but somebody really needs to look into the most expensive (and incidentally most hernia-inducing) turntables.
posted by FelliniBlank at 7:09 PM on May 2, 2009


Needs a veblen tag.
posted by oaf at 7:24 PM on May 2, 2009 [3 favorites]


Most expensive bed FTMFW!

Good Lord, we live in the future.
posted by Bookhouse at 7:33 PM on May 2, 2009


I used to really love this blog until they decided to go subscription-only. I can't pay US $10,000 for a blog subscription, even if it is the most expensive.
posted by twoleftfeet at 9:00 PM on May 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


Dear Leader has declared this Shameful.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 9:03 PM on May 2, 2009


the secret to "most expensive" seems to be "intersected with someone with a lot of petrodollars to (almost literally) burn."

It apparently also helps to have been purchased and subsequently donated several times, because apparently you get to count the sum total of the sales
posted by jpdoane at 9:07 PM on May 2, 2009


the secret to "most expensive" seems to be "intersected with someone with a lot of petrodollars

Where are your petrodollars now, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum?
posted by twoleftfeet at 9:14 PM on May 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


I thought the most expensive keyboard was the one your company paid $9.95 for which subsequently ended your lucrative programming career, and caused you to pay out $20,000 to treat your RSI.
posted by BrotherCaine at 10:00 PM on May 2, 2009


Most expensive bed FTMFW!

That thing has to cause fertility issues.
posted by Burhanistan at 10:22 PM on May 2, 2009


Only if you're Prince Albert.
posted by GuyZero at 10:38 PM on May 2, 2009 [2 favorites]


Lol it never ceases to amaze me at how much people are willing to spend on crap
posted by eiro0701 at 10:47 PM on May 2, 2009 [1 favorite]


In the case of the guitar [...]

That was a donation in the form of an auction purchase. That's not the same as paying what you think the thing is actually worth.
The Strat was signed by several rock musicians to benefit a tsunami charity, ‘Reach out to Asia’. It was bought one year ago by Qatar’s royal family for a million dollars and donated back to the Asia Program, bringing in $2.7 million USD at the more recent auction, whose attendees included Former President Bill Clinton.
posted by pracowity at 12:28 AM on May 3, 2009


To what function would one wear a $100K suit? I assume it would be a function where you could casually mention that you are wearing a $100K suit, but I can't really imagine what that would be.
posted by cmonkey at 1:56 AM on May 3, 2009


The most expensive coffee is... er... well, you couldn't pay me to drink it.
posted by Ritchie at 2:02 AM on May 3, 2009


All this while my friends struggle to pay rent and see the dentist.
posted by debbie_ann at 5:12 AM on May 3, 2009


This vibrator... it vibrates?
posted by tzikeh at 5:13 PM on May 3, 2009


To what function would one wear a $100K suit? I assume it would be a function where you could casually mention that you are wearing a $100K suit, but I can't really imagine what that would be.

GOB Bluth can do that all day. "Oh, right, the guy in the $100,000 suit is going to hold the elevator door for you. COME ON!!"
posted by Spatch at 7:14 PM on May 3, 2009


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