Five outrageously expensive gift ideas(Read article summary)
Unless you're royalty or a software CEO, you probably won't go for one of these pricey finds. But they make for good window shopping.
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OK, OK. We admit: Without an outrageously large discretionary income, we probably wouldnâ€™t buy these gifts either. But we did enjoy window-shopping for them â€“ and think you will tooâ€¦
1.Â The original 1966 Batmobile: â€śmultimillionsâ€ť
A truly one-of-a-kind gift option for the new year, this iconic car from the live-action Batman TV show drives onto the auction block Jan. 19 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company recentlyÂ toldÂ the L.A. Times that the carâ€™s reserve price is â€śin the multimillions.â€ť
2.Â Personal submarine: $2 million
This sub measures 10.5 feet long â€“ which makes it about 6 feet shorter than a full-size car â€“ but can carry two people 1,000 feet underwater for up to six hours at a time.
â€śProviding access to underwater features such as coral reefs, shipwrecks, and the sea floor, a completely transparent, climate-controlled 3 1/4â€ł-thick acrylic pressure sphere keeps explorers safe while dipping even into the mesopelagic zone, offering a chance to see exotic, bioluminescent species such as lanternfish,â€ť says Hammacher Schlemmer, a curious company whose motto is â€śOffering the best, the only, and the unexpected.â€ť
3.Â Tyrannosaurus rex statue: $8,500
â€śRealistically sculpted with rows of menacing teeth, a fearsome tail and scaly skin, our prehistoric statue is cast in quality designer resin and hand-painted with powerfully convincing color and texture,â€ť says Design Toscano, the only place where you can buy a T-Rex statue that stands 11 feet tall and 22 feet long.
No room (or money) for a one-story-tall dinosaur? The equally realisticÂ T-Rex garden sculptureÂ stands 2 feet tall and runs $150.
4.Â Dictionary: $300
The electronic version of Merriam-Websterâ€™s unabridged 3rd New International Dictionary is billed as â€śthe largest, most comprehensive dictionary ever conceived for the American English language.â€ť It contains about 470,000 definitions and 500,000 thesaurus entries, among other features.
This clamshell-style device is also currentlyÂ on saleÂ at Amazon. But while it may be a perfect present for a diehard logophile (thatâ€™s defined as â€śa lover of wordsâ€ť), The New York Timesâ€™ Gadgetwise blogÂ reviewÂ suggests saving your money for a tablet.
5.Â A dozen roses: $259
Since when are roses worth $22 apiece? When theyâ€™re as tall as the person youâ€™re buying them for, apparently. And fortunately for anyone still in need of a gift idea, a 5-foot-long bouquet is currently on sale for $190 â€“ such a deal, right?
TheÂ 3-foot-longÂ version is also on sale: $90.
Karla Bowsher covers consumer, retail, and health issues. If you have a comment, suggestion, or question, leave a comment or contact her atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Karla Bowsher is a writer forÂ Money Talks News, a consumer/personal finance TV news feature that airs in about 80 cities as well as around the Web. This column first appeared in Money Talks News.