The Teapot That Will Set You Back $3 Million

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posted on Sep. 27, 2016

What would you spend $3 million on? A shopping spree? A dream holiday? A luxury duplex penthouse? Perhaps a teapot? Yes, a teapot that costs $3 million.

We know that the most expensive cocktail costs $40,000 (it’s called Ruby Rose and is offered at the White Barn Inn in Kennebunk, ME). We know that the most expensive painting is called When Will You Marry? – an oil painting by Paul Gauguin – and costs $300 million. We also know that the most expensive house in the world belongs to a Mr. Mukesh Ambani (an Indian business magnate) at a staggering $1 billion (which you can read all about in Luxury Living: Inside the Most Expensive House in the World).

But have you ever wondered what the most expensive teapot in the world looks like? Probably not.

Nevertheless, we present you the costliest teapot you’ll ever set eyes on: the Egoist.

Price tag? $3 million. (And no, that was not a typo. This particular teapot costs three million dollars, as in a three followed by six zeros.)

The Egoist is the very epitome of luxury living – or shall we say: luxury sipping? Designed by Nirmal Sethia, the owner of Newby Teas in England, the far-from-cheap teapot is covered in 1,658 D and E color grade diamonds and 386 rubies. It also features a 6.67-carat central ruby, plus a 20.70-carat ruby standing on the cover. The handle, meanwhile, is made from fossil mammoth ivory.

It is now clear why the teapot, which took six months to create, costs so much.

Its hefty price tag, however, isn’t the reason why you won’t bring it out for one of your fancy tea parties. And it’s not because you don’t want to share it with anyone, either. It’s because you can’t share it with anyone. That’s right: the Egoist can only hold one cup of tea – and let’s face it: it’s going to be your cup of tea because, let’s face it, you paid $3 million for it.

That being said, the Egoist isn’t up for sale. Sethia donated the expensive teapot to The Chitra Collection, a collection that boasts more than 1,700 historic and contemporary teapots, and is currently on display at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in London from September 13 to 18.

“This teapot is a tribute to tea provenance and stands in testament to this most ancient, culturally important and beautiful of drinks,” Sethia says. “It is hoped this object will help understanding[sic], globally, of the art, heritage and historical and contemporary importance of tea. It will take pride of place in the Chitra Collection, the world’s largest private collection of tea accessories. I am honored that my contribution to tea heritage has been recognized by the Guinness World Records.”

And yes, the Egoist has its own Guinness record, that of being the most valuable teapot in the world.

Would you spend $3 million on a teapot, or would you put it to better use like the most expensive spoon, for example? Tell us in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share this article with family and friends, especially those who have a soft spot for tea and particularly expensive teapots!

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