Bling Bling gold plated mobile phone is worlds most expensive

April 9, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

These incredible solid gold and gem-encrusted retro mobiles were unveiled  as the world’s most expensive retro phones – worth an eye-watering £140,000.

British designer Stuart Hughes, 38, will only make 10 exclusive Privé Phones weighing 900 grams each and cast from solid 22-carat gold.

Each dazzling retro handset will feature modern phone technology, including  internet access, text messaging and colour screens and the ability to watch mp4 videos.

But extra features include an adornment of 76 flawless diamonds and original granite packaging, marked with the number od the limited edition phone.

The phones are a staggering eight inches long and three inches wide with an aerial measuring almost four inches.

They weigh a hefty 1,380 grams and include an ion battery that lasts for up to a week.

Owners of the snazzy cells will also benefit from a year’s membership of exclusive private club Privé International, worth £20,000.

Privé International provides bespoke luxury services for clients such as body guards, holidays and car racing days.

The Canadian company contacted Stuart and commissioned him to create the ten luxury handsets which took him six weeks.

Dad-of-two Stuart, 39, from Liverpool, has been gold-plating everyday items for the past twelve years and now runs his own workshop with four other platers.

He gold-plated his first mobile phone, a Nokia 8800, seven years ago and has since been making elaborate bespoke iPhones and iPods for customers in London, Monaco and Marbella.

His gold-plated iPhones cost between £1,800 and £22,000 have been snapped up by showbiz royalty, including Stefano Gabbana, co-founder of fashion brand Dolce and Gabbana.

For the more ”hard up” customers, Stuart will be making python skin models of the retro brick phones, costing a more reasonable £1,000.

The unusual designer who also works with hand-sewn alligator skin, sunstones and amethysts to adorn dozens of different gadgets, said he ”loved” his work.

He said: ”These phones are for the uber-rich and look fantastic – they are so huge in comparison to the phones of today.

”My work stems from simple ideas but the effects are just awesome and everyone who sees these phones is mesmerized by them.

”I tend to work for very exclusive clients all over the world and my work is becoming renowned for it’s design and the luxury materials I use.

”It takes hours to make each individual piece because we choose our design and materials very carefully to create the super high quality products.”

Stuart recently hit the headlines when he created the world’s most expensive television – totalling a colossal £1.25 million pounds.

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