As we bid farewell to 2015, let’s take a look back on some of the most extravagant purchases the wealthy made over the year. Whether it be a metal couch, a pie painted in gold leaf or a $70 million mansion, this list shows you one thing for sure – these folks have plush tastes!
What they paid:
A couch for a cool $4.69 million
It might be the world’s most expensive lounge, but don’t expect it to be comfortable. This chaise lounge by Australian designer Marc Newson is made of riveted aluminium and fiberglass. It was bought by a private bidder in London for $4.69 million in April.
The $30,000 dress that never got worn
Notorious NSW mayor, Salim Mehajer wed his beloved Aysha in an August wedding rumoured to be the most expensive of the year. But the $30,000 dress Aysha ordered never made it down the aisle. Now her husband is suing the dress designer for failing to deliver the gown by 6am on the day of the wedding. Yikes!
Brown-hued painting for nearly $2 million
Fancy a brown-hued oil painting for nearly two million? That’s what a Fred Williams artwork sold for at a Sotheby’s Australia auction last month. The 1964 oil painting wooed a mysterious bidder who paid $508,800 above its valued price.
James Packer’s crib for $70 million
James Packer and ex-wife Erica just sold their Vaucluse palatial mansion for a whopping $70 million in April this year- smashing the national property record. Domain.com.au reported that Chinese billionare Chau Chak Win bought the mansion without even looking at it! The mega property had been unoccupied since the Packers’ split in 2013.
The epic $12,000 pie
And now to the world’s most expensive pie of 2015, Groupon had made to celebrate two million food vouchers sold in Australia.
In May, pie lovers had the opportunity to buy the gastronomic delicacy from Groupon or enter a competition to taste it. A chef in Sydney kindly disclosed that the ingredients beneath the pastry included a gold leaf, two bottles of Penfolds Grange wine, lobster and truffles. Let’s hope the winners of the competition savoured every morsel!
$10,000 for a smooth bottle of whisky
Can you believe that the world’s best whisky was made in the humble state of Tassie? Two bottles worth $10,000 got snapped up pretty quickly by whisky lovers when these beauties were released. Each drop was made up of a concoction of rare, award winning French oak single malt whiskies.
A $450 meal at Noma
Fancy an Australian ant or grub? Nom nom, too bad you might have missed these $450 tickets for a meal at Noma (link: ) that sold out in October! The temporary Sydney restaurant will be foraging for rare and native Australian ingredients to cook for guests in January to April, 2016.
Things to burn your wallet over:
Disappointed you missed out on some of Australia’s biggest purchases this year? Not to worry, because we’ve compiled a list you could blow the budget on. Go on, take a look.
Sink your teeth into a $450 steak
If you missed out on a reservation at Noma, there are other expensive foods in store for you to try. Take Aizakura Wagyu beef steak for example that generally sells for $450 a piece. You can place an order in for the renowned steak at Vic’s Meat Market in Pyrmont or Victor Churchill butcher’s in Woollhara, both in Sydney.
Devour a bacon cupcake for $45
Savoury cupcake lovers, listen up. If you ever head to the Queensland town of Toowoomba you could try a maple bacon cupcake for $45. Crave Cupcakes seem to have a penchant for making the most expensive cupcakes in Australia, trying out weird and whacky flavours on a regular basis.
Guzzle down a $65,000 Penfolds Grange
Wine lovers, don’t hold your glasses out yet for the best glass of red. Because it will cost you into the thousands. Dan Murphy’s is currently selling the most expensive red wine in Australia, the Penfolds Grange 1961. You can even buy it online! Just factor in a $7 delivery fee to the price. Any takers?
Snooze in this Sydney hotel for $17,000
The most expensive hotel room in Sydney at the moment is at Park Hyatt and priced at $17,000 per night. The sweet two-bedroom pad includes a butler, day sauna and 360 degree harbour views.
Pay $40,000 for a week at a holiday house
Domain.com.au recently ran a piece on the most expensive holiday digs you can rent out over the Summer, and they found (link: ) a place in Palm Beach, NSW renting to holidayers for $40,000 a week. The playground for the wealthy features a decked out pool, stretches out across the beach and has a tennis court.
What outrageous things have you paid for this year? Leave a comment worthy of shocking a frugal below.