Bringing a whole new dimension to the phrase “treat yo self,” one Indian businessman recently treated himself to a shirt made entirely out of 18- to 22-carat gold.
According to an August 8 Telegraph article, Pankaj Parakh, who became a millionaire off his textile ventures, purchased the £127,000 — or approximately $213,000 — shirt for his 45th birthday.
The Telegraph reports that the shirt was crafted by a team of 20 artisans, and it took approximately 3,200 hours to make. It weighs four kilos — almost nine pounds.
Parakh, a self-confessed gold addict since a young age, told the press that he wanted to make this birthday a “golden affair.”
“I have always been fascinated with gold since I was five years old and studying in school. And over the years that interest has become a real passion,” he said. “In fact, even on my wedding 23 years ago, a lot of people said it was embarrassing that I was wearing more gold than my bride, but I just love the royal metal.”
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While Parakh’s shirt is undoubtedly frivolous, it’s also at least somewhat functional — the Telegraph reports that the shirt came with a thin cloth lining that can be washed and then hung out to dry.