Three traditional Arabic coffee pots  have been sold for SR90,000 ($24,000) at an auction in Saudi Arabia, raising criticism online for “wasting money on trivial items.”
A video clip of the auction of the Raslan brass pots with their sharply pointed beak-shaped spout and curved handles was circulated on social media.
“This is utter nonsense,” Al Qahtani, a blogger, commented. “People should learn to donate the money they obviously do not need instead of wasting it on used coffee pots.”
Another commenter said that people should learn to think more about Judgement Day when they will be asked how they spent their money.
“On that day, there will be no chance to go back,” he said. “No coffee pot, no matter how attractive it is, is worth so much money.”
For another commenter, people should be wary how things are moving in the country.
“I wonder where all this will lead us? A car licence plate fetches SR700,000 ($187,000) while sheep, goats and camels are at times worth hundreds of thousands of riyals and now we have used coffee pots for which people are ready to spend so much,” he said.
Raslan coffee pots (Dallah, in Arabic) were hand made in Syria by Raslan Al Saif, one of the most famous experts in the region, local news site Al Marsad reported on Wednesday.
His sons took over from him and helped spread the Raslan pots throughout Saudi Arabia, particularly among Bedouins.
A pot made by the father usually costs between SR1,000 ($267) and SR5,000 ($1,333) whereas pots produced by the sons are sold for SR500 ($133).
By Habib Toumi