China's Super-rich: Would You Use a Bullet-proof Gold Toilet Seat?

Published November 6th, 2019 - 08:31 GMT
Winger Lam Sai-wing, a Hong Kong businessman, is pictured with his solid gold toilet in his office. The company chairman spent HK$38 million building the ultra-expensive washroom. (Daily Mail)
Winger Lam Sai-wing, a Hong Kong businessman, is pictured with his solid gold toilet in his office. The company chairman spent HK$38 million building the ultra-expensive washroom. (Daily Mail)
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40,815 diamonds weighing 334.68 carats in total have been embedded in the toilet's bullet-proof seat.

How much would you spend on a loo? For the super-rich in China, the answer seems to be £1 million.

A lavish gold toilet featuring a bullet-proof seat studded with more than 40,000 diamonds has been spotted at a trade fair in Shanghai.

The luxurious lavatory is worth $1,288,677 (£999,497), according to its manufacturer from Hong Kong.

The gold-plated throne is produced by Coronet, a brand owned by Hong Kong jewellery firm Aaron Shum.

Precious stones from the company are favoured by Chinese celebrities and socialites.

According to the jeweller, the seat of the swanky toilet is made of bullet-proof glass and embedded with 40,815 diamonds, which weigh 334.68 carats in total. 

Aaron Shum, the founder of the brand, declined to reveal if his product had attracted any potential buyers.

But he told MailOnline that he was actually unwilling to sell it. 

'We would like to build a diamond art museum so that more people can enjoy it,' he said. 

The manufacturer is currently attempting a Guinness World Record for the posh loo under the category of the most diamonds set in a toilet.

If the application is successful, it would be Mr Shum's 10th Guinness World Record with his jewellery piece.

The businessman has previously produced a guitar covered with 400 carats of diamonds and worth $2 million (£1.5 million), as well as a pair of high-heeled shoes embedded with 10,000 pink diamonds and worth $4.28 million (£3.3 million).

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Both pieces are also on display in Shanghai at the Second China International Import Expo this week.

Web users have been stunned by the deluxe bathroom piece. 

On Weibo, the Chinese equivalent to Twitter, one person joked: 'If I don't work hard, I cannot even afford to buy a toilet.'

Another user queried: 'Why would people need bullet-proof glass for their toilet?'

A third person, however, critised the extravagance of the product: 'Fortune should be spent in places that are needed, that way [we] can avoid wasting resources.'

Many people also wondered if it would be painful to sit on the diamond-encased seat.

A typical comment read: 'Do the diamonds have the sharp ends facing up?'  

Apparently, covering bathrooms with gold is not a new trend in the Far East.

In 2001, a 46-year-old businessman in Hong Kong spent HK$38 million (£3.7 million) building an ultra-expensive washroom, which featured a solid gold toilet and gilt wall tiles.  

Winger Lam Sai-wing, who originally came from mainland China, attributed his inspiration for the extravagant bathroom to Russian revolutionary Lenin.

Referring to a passage Lenin wrote in 1921, Mr Lam told the press the political theorist once said that gold should be used to make washrooms after the victory of socialism.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

 


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