One of the biggest wins in the slots world happened on March 21st, 2003, when a young software engineer from LA won an eye watering $39.7 million after putting just a hundred dollars in a Megabucks slot machine at the Excalibur in Nevada to win the largest jackpot in Vegas history. The odds at the time came out at 1 in 16.7 million. This got us thinking, if you got lucky at the casino, whether or not it’s slots, or roulette, what on earth would you do with that kind of cash? We’d imagine politely telling your boss where to go would be first on your list of priorities, but what kind of ridiculous things could you buy? We’ve assembled some of the most expensive items in the world that only a mega millionaire could dream of.
The Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace – $27.4 million
This necklace, the 9th most expensive piece of jewellery right now on planet earth is Cartier jadeite bead, ruby and diamond piece initially owned by heiress to the Woolworth fortune Barbara Hutton who passed away in 1979. Initially valued at $12.8 million, it sold for more than double that at $27.4 million when it went to auction at the elusive Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction house.
Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita – $4.8 million
The word Trevita translates from Swedish to mean “three whites”. This references the unique visible carbon weave bodywork that sparkles when the sun hits it. Koenigsegg is a Swedish producer of high end high performance sports cars, based in Ängelholm, Sweden. For the petrol heads reading this list, the absolutely space age feat of engineering boasts a 4.8-liter, dual-supercharged V8 with a total output of 1,004 horse power, hidden underneath its breath taking finish.
Fender “Reach Out to Asia” Stratocaster – $2.7 Million
Back in 2005, a fundraiser was put together by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams to raise funds for the Tsunami Victims in Asia, under the organisation name “Reach out to Asia. The guitar is a beautiful Standard Series Fender Strat in Arctic White. On its own the guitar is worth around $800, but its added value comes from all the high-end rock stars that kindly donated their signatures to the cause, increasing its value by 3,375 times! The instrument is signed by legends such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend, Mark Knopfler, Ray Davis, Liam Gallagher, Tony Iommi, Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC, Paul McCartney, Sting, Ritchie Blackmore, Def Leppard and the man himself, Bryan Adams.
Paul Newman Rolex Daytona – $17.8 Million
There’s something of a statement about a high end watch, it goes from simply being a timepiece to a stand out part of your outfit. The Rolex Daytona is one of the most well respected watches in the world, and the Paul Newman model picked up some serious value when it went to auction. Estimated to go for a million dollars, it sold for over 17 times that value. Newman was an American Hollywood legend, and also had a fairly successful career in racing, competing in the 1979 Le Mans 24 hour endurance race.
Royal Penthouse Suite at Hotel President Wilson, Geneva – $81,000 per night
Having been visited frequently by diplomats, billionaires and the financial elite over the years, the Royal Penthouse Suite is the absolute ultimate in luxury. The 1,680sqm penthouse spans the entire 8th floor of the hotel, and boasts a whole host of features such as a 55” TV, a rainforest shower, a Jacuzzi with a mirror TV and a breath-taking panoramic view over the Léman Lake and the Mont-Blanc.
Let us know which of these stands out the most? What would you choose if you won the jackpot?