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The world's most expensive geeky gifts and gadgets

Have deep pockets? Perhaps a few of these gifts will tempt you. Jeweled USB or batcave, anyone?

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Swiss jewelry maker La Maison Shawish has turned data storage into a fashion statement -- creating diamond-encrusted mushrooms with USB ports hidden inside.  

The USB drives in the collection hold up to 32GB of data. 

Depending on the stones used, the price range goes from $16,500 to $36,900. The cheapest pink mushroom is covered in pink sapphires and white diamonds, a red version studded with rubies is the middle tier at $24,400, and the most expensive is decorated with emeralds. 

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Owning your own yacht may be one of the peaks of indulgence, but Yacht Island Design Co. takes it one step further. 

The 295-foot Tropical Island Paradise yacht has a top speed of 10 knots, and although it can only accomodate ten people, comes with a waterfall,  volcano, swimming pool and beach 'cove'. In addition, the yacht has a bar area, VIP rooms with balconies, a private spa and a helicopter landing pad.

The design is currently a concept, but landing on the heels of the gold-plated History Supreme yacht -- which cost $4.8 billion -- you can't expect this to come cheap.

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How about a pair of speakers cast in metal for a better audio experience?

D&W's Aural Pleasure Loudspeakers are limited edition and inspired by London's Big Ben. 

For better amplification, the speakers are cast in bronze, silver or 18ct gold. The specifications are:

  • Sensitivity 97db 1w@1mtr
  • Impedance 5 Ohms
  • Frequency range 47Hz- 37Khz +\-4db & 39Hz-47Khz +\- 10db

Willing to splash out? The bronze will set you back £40,000 ($64,000), the silver cost £200,000 ($322,000), and the gold are a bargain at $3,000,000 ($4.8m).

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Elite home theater seating's "theme theater" projects include a batcave, pirates of the caribbean and a Las Vegas showroom. 

Costing millions of pounds each, it's a must for any die-hard film fan.

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An illuminated coffee table from Suck UK makes a cool addition to any living room.

Made of brushed stainless steel and a glass top,  power cables and switches alternate whatever lighting you're in the mood for. 

In addition, a built-in power cable lets you plug in your laptop. It'll only cost you at least £2000 (£3100).

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What better way to protect an expensive gadget than with a far more expensive sleeve?

Designed by the Dutch laptop sleeve company CoverBee, this laptop sleeve is covered in over 8,800 round-cut diamonds.

The opening is trimmed in black sable fur. -- noted by the designers to come only from animals that "died of natural causes". 

This retails for the bargain price of $11,000,000. 


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The world's tallest iPod docking station has been designed by musician Jean Michel Jarre. 

Called the AeroDream One, it is eleven feet tall and combines an iPod dock with a 10,000W stereo system. It has a diameter of 16.3 inches and weighs 395kg. 

There's a built-in ladder to dock your device, and you can connect other devices through a stereo minijack, XLR line level inputs or via USB port. 

The dock has five separate amplifiers and is rated from 25Hz to 20kHz.

It costs $565,000 for each custom-built model. 

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For the rock-bottom price of $679.99, you can be the proud owner of a life-sized Yoda model in your living room.

Yoda stands 26 inches tall and comes with a base and detachable lightsaber.

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Does "the world's most expensive iPhone" capture your attention? 

Designed by Stuart Hughes, the iPhone costs a cool £5 million ($8 million).   

The bezel is handmade from rose with roughly 500 individual diamonds worth over 100ct. The rear section of the phone is made from rose gold, complete with a  rose gold Apple logo and 53 diamonds.

The navigation is made from platinum and a single cut 7.4ct pink diamond.

The handset is 32gb and only two have been made.


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The world's most expensive hard drive, designed by nuclear waste management agency ANDRA in France, is made of industrial-quality sapphire.

The sapphire hard drive, comprised of two 20cm-wide thin fused discs, is estimated to last one million years -- so don't worry about losing your data. The disc is engraved with platinum and is able to store up to 40,000 miniaturized pages. 

The prototype costs $30,000. 



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