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10.29.

World’s first bejeweled solid gold VISA Infinite Card for Sberbank’s top 100 customers

After the Eurasian Bank in the oil-rich and the world’s largest landlocked country Kazakhstan introduced the diamond-studded VISA Infinite card, now the Kazakhstan’s Sberbank in collaboration with VISA has launched the world’s first jewel-encrusted solid gold VISA Infinite companion card. Especially designed in response to the growing appetite for elite, status-symbol cards, this coveted piece of luxury which can be used for chip transactions will be available by invitation only to Sberbank’s top 100 customers. Manufactured by Rosan Diamond in Russia, the card is made of solid gold and embedded with 26 diamonds, totaling 0.17 carats, and mother of pearl, with brushed gold finish, this particular card will act as a companion card to the Sberbank standard Visa Infinite card.

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10.01.

Eric Clapton’s platinum-cased Patek Philippe 2499 watch to auction for $4.3 million

After recently offering a painting ‘Abstraktes Bild’ by Gerhard Richter valued at $20 million, almost 20 times the price originally paid; the greatest guitarist of all time, and the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, the legendary Eric Clapton is now offering his ultra-rare platinum-cased Patek Philippe 2499 timepiece. Described to be just ‘spectacular’, the rock star’s platinum-cased Patek Philippe is one of just two of its type and the only one which has ever been available for sale. Notably, this legendary masterpiece of horology, which is part of the ‘Slowhand’ Eric Clapton’s extensive watch collection that include several Rolexes, will go under the hammer at the Christie’s Geneva sale on November 12 at the Four Seasons hotel, where it’s expected to fetch a handsome price of $4.3 million.

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07.26.

Pure gold contact lenses that cannot be worn

Rappers and R&B stars getting gold or diamond teeth implants are a common affair. It is probably why designer Bijules has attempted to create something unique in the structure of gold, that none have attempted earlier. An opulent 22-karat gold contact lenses have been created by him to convey the essence of sculptures that early twentieth century avant-gardists showed in their work. The irony here is that the $1,380 lenses are not recommended to be worn. So, if you have some extra dough to spend and don’t mind converting it into a unique show piece, the gold lenses are for you.

 

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07.08.

Antonio Esfandiari Wins Over $18 Million Dollars at a World Series of Poker Event

The 2012 World Series of Poker has been going on full swing in Las Vegas since late May. There are 61 events scheduled to take place during this year’s series, but none are more prestigious and expensive than the one million dollar buy in ‘Big One for One Drop’ event that recently took place.

The first place prize was a staggering $18 million dollars. The event, which pledged $111,111 of every million dollar buy-in to charity, took place over three days in at the Rio in Las Vegas.

The One Drop charitable organization partners with organizations in third world countries to “bring money, technology and knowledge to communities in need of access to safe water.”

There were 48 professional poker players and business men who participated in the charitable event. Professional poker player Antonio Esfandiari won the event beating out a stacked final table that was broadcast on ESPN to take home the first place prize of $18 million dollars.

Poker Professional Sam Trickett took home over $10 million for second place and Cirque de Soleil found Guy Laliberte earned over $1.8 million for his 5th place finish.

The ‘Big One for One Drop’ event offered the largest individual prize pool in sports history outside of boxing, beating out the purses for winning the Masters, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.

“From day one I just believed I was going to win this tournament. I played my heart out and the poker god’s were on my side” said Esfandiari “The cards came and everything went my way. My bluffs worked, my hands got paid off and I just saw it. I saw me winning the bracelet.”

The event raised over $5.5 million dollars for charity. The money will help bring drinking water to countries in need.

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