What is the most expensive item in the world?


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The most expensive single item ever sold at auction was Paul Cezanne's "Two Card Players," a painting that fetched more than $265 million when it was sold in 2012. The painting was purchased by the royal family of Qatar as an addition to its massive private art collection.

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Many of the most expensive items in the world are one-of-a-kind goods such as artwork and precious stones. However, jeweler Stuart Hughes has created several very expensive luxury items that are intended to be mass-produced, albeit in very limited runs. In 2013, Hughes offered, among other items, a $2.25 million flat screen television made out of rose gold and a $16 million diamond-studded iPhone.

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