$8 Million iPad Has Gold, Diamonds & Dinosaur Bones
The next time you are flying your private jet to Dubai to secretly hunt humans, you won’t be forced to pass the time on a boring, normal iPad anymore. Not satisfied with the most advanced consumer technology ever produced, British retailer Stuart Hughes spiced up an iPad 2 by covering it in solid gold, diamonds, 75 million-year-old ammolite stone, and shaved dinosaur bone. And not something weak like a stegosaurus—he got a T-Rex.
Hughes seems to have built his company on putting the word “luxury” before a noun and dipping things in gold. On his site, you can purchase a number of gold mobile phones, MP3 players and gaming consoles. A cool $4.5 billion will get you a gold-and-dinosaur-bone yacht.
Who buys this stuff? Hughes doesn’t name any customers on his Web site, but does specify that an $8 million gold-detailed, bulletproof Rolls Royce went “to an anonymous Middle eastern Businessman” [sic]. Maybe Uday Hussain, we hear he liked gold and bullets.
Artist Andy Warhol once praised American consumer goods by saying, “A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking.” While the bum on the corner, and most of us, can’t afford an iPad like a Coke, there’s still some truth here: You can cover a gizmo with gold and jewels, dip it in chocolate if you want, but it ain’t gonna stop T-Mobile from dropping your calls.