For Reasons Only Known to Those Who Can Afford It, Jean-Paul Gaultier Designs a Gold Bullion Bar

Over the years, we’ve occasionally poked fun at designers who create a product that’s perhaps just a bit out of the realm of nearly the whole out of humanity. We’re thinking things like Phillippe Starck‘s mega-eco-yacht or Yves Behar‘s $60,000 cell phones. However, both those examples seem to pale in comparison to the joint collaboration between designer Jean-Paul Gaultier and the Dallas-based Dillon Gage Metals: a one-ounce hunk of gold, stamped with a Gaultier design. Granted, yes, an ounce of gold is significantly less expensive than a yacht or a $60,000 cell phone (as of yesterday, an ounce was selling in the $1600-$1700 range), and people with means certainly have been known to spend plenty more on other logo-emblazoned jewelry, clothing and cars, but perhaps we’re most taken aback by this product wearing its idea on its sleeve. At least with clothes or cars or mega-yachts, there is some function there. Other than perhaps an investment, this purely exists for you to show someone that you not only have a big chunk of gold…you have a big chunk of designer gold. But do with this information as you please (including sending us one in thanks for telling you about it). Here’s a description:

One side of the gold bar is engraved with a heart – with Gaultier’s trademark sailor stripe – amid radiating rays, and above that is a banner displaying the name Jean-Paul Gaultier.

And here’s the really fun quote, from the president of the company:

“Never before has a fashion icon designed a gold ingot. The Gaultier bar is a one-of-a-kind, limited-quantity collector’s piece that not only is a great investment but it will also become a a piece of history. The price of gold has risen more than fivefold in the last 10 years, outperforming almost every other investment,” says Terry Hanlon, president of Dillon Gage Metals. “The Gaultier one-ounce bar is the perfect Valentines, birthday or graduation gift for someone special, he adds.