Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Most Expensive iPhone
Austrian luxury designer and jeweler Peter Aloisson, creator of one of the world’s most expensive cell phones, has quite literally outdone himself. Last year, he created the world’s most expensive iPhone—the iPhone Princess Plus. This year, he’s created… the world’s most expensive iPhone.
The “Kings Button” [sic] iPhone is, like its predecessor, a jewel-bedecked iPhone. This time, however, Aloisson had the iPhone 3G to play with—and, apparently, a bit of a bigger budget. One hundred and thirty-eight brilliant-cut diamonds line the sides of the phone, but the real prize is the home button—a rare 6.6 carat white diamond.
Last year’s Princess Plus got its name from the Princess cut used on 138 of the 318 diamonds on its surface. The other 180 diamonds on the phone were brilliant-cut. In total, the phone has 17.75 carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold around its rim. The iPhone Princess Plus is worth $176,400 while the somewhat more pedestrian “Brilliants only” version sold for $66,150.
Compare that to the Kings Button’s $2.4 million price tag.