What did the uber-rich Aussies splurge on over 2014? We rounded up the 10 most outrageous items of the year, which have been bought, sold or you can still snap up before 2014 closes out.
1. Buying out the neighbours for $12 mill
Mining magnate, Chris Ellison, who owns Australia’s most expensive house, setting him back a cool $57.5 million a few years back, has gone on to spend $12 million to buy two neighbouring properties.
2. A photo for $7.85 million
Patience paid off for Australian photographer, Peter Lik, after capturing a beam of light entering a cave in the Arizona desert. The image sold to a private collector recently for $7.85 million, making it the world’s most expensive photo.
3. The $3 million headpiece
Made by jeweller John Calleija and Miliner, Natalie Bikicki, the bejewelled headpiece was made especially for Myer Ambassador Kate Peck. The headpiece featured 1264 diamonds all held together by latex and leather and a team of bodyguards.
4. $1.4 million for a dump…
Someone paid a huge $1.4 million for an unliveable Victorian house in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Leichardt, previously occupied by Squatters. With no kitchen, bathroom and covered in graffiti, the new owners will have to spend a pretty penny to renovate.
5. $215,000 for a set of number plates
We’ve all heard about cars costing more than an inner-city apartment but this is just a car accessory. This set of ‘JOKER’ numberplates is currently on sale in Queensland. Asking price, $215,000.
6. $20,000 for a cocktail
A new bar in Sydney, aptly named after Alan Bond and dedicated to 1980s excess, has put a $20,000 cocktail on the menu. The garnish? Your own pearl necklace. The recipe? It’s only given to the buyer. They’re yet to run one through the till since opening in late October but maybe December 31 is the night?
7. $3,999 for a bottle of bubbles
It’s a little odd but this extravagant bottle of champagne can be picked up at your local Dan Murphy’s store and should probably come with its own bodyguard. At $3,999 per bottle, you’d better not drop your 1996 vintage Krug Clos d’Ambonnay on the way back to the carpark.
8. $748 for 200g of Sustainable Caviar
Exclusively sold through Victor Churchill Butcher in Sydney, this caviar is ‘harvested and caviared using traditional artisan techniques and the finest salt’. You won’t get much for your $748 but you will be left with a ‘lingering ‘green walnut’ aftertaste’.
9. $525 for a Fat Duck experience
Heston Blumenthal will bring his iconic restaurant to Melbourne’s Crown Casino in February. The ballot for a seat at the table – which would’ve set you back $525 – has now closed. It’s not clear how many dishes the tasting menu will include but the ‘sense of theatre’ will no doubt be priceless.
10. $268 for a bowl of soup
For what is essentially a broth, Melbourne restaurant Silks’ in the Crown Casino complex, lists a specialty soup with lobster, asparagus and gold-leaf on its menu for a pricey $268.