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Is This iPad the World's Most Grotesque Display of Wealth?

What do you give the oligarch who has everything? Why not an $8 million iPad 2? This device, which normally has a starting price of $499, has been dipped in gold, covered in diamonds and, because he’s no ordinary 1-percenter, styled with the bone shavings of a 65-million-year-old tyrannosaurus rex.

(Source: Engadget)

From Stuart Hughes, the maker of this ostentatious paperweight:

Undoubtably the world’s most unique gadget is the Ipad 2 Gold History Edition. Encrusted with 12.5 cts of ‘I’F’ Flawless diamonds, a magnificent total of 53 individually set sparkling gems dwell beautifully in solid 24ct Apple logo with rear section formed again in 24ct gold weighing an immense 2,000 grams. The unrivalled imagination towards the craftmanship of the iapd is down to its main front frame which is made from the oldest rock the world has to offer in the form of Ammolite , sourced from Canada this stone is over 75 million years old. However to make this masterpiece even more individual, sections of a 65 million year old T-REX Dinosaur’s thigh bone was splintered and then shaved into the Ammolite , then finished off with ultimate jewel , as single cut 8.5ct flawless diamond inlaid in its own platinum surround with 12 outer flawless diamonds. A magnificent combination of top of the industry technology and unique thought were involved in creating this piece of History !. Material spec, 16.5 ct diamonds & 8.5ct single diamond, 57 grams of T-REX bone, 750 grams of Ammolite stone and 2000 grams of solid 24ct Gold. This item is of a limited edition of only 2 units to be made

Mr. Hughes has also wrapped overpriced cellphones in gold, but he doesn’t mention that metal interferes with cellular signals. Being rich doesn’t buy good reception.

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