Many people can actually relate to the idea that human experience and existence is a complex verse written in the skies by the most expensive pen which is the mind of God.
The very art of writing is in itself magic, a practice that somehow manages to contain time by capturing human episodes in and on different formats.
And as co-creators that we are, we try to beautify human struggle anyway we can and that is why our actions are incomplete unless the world remembers these events and the pen has played a very crucial role in reminding the world of its own existence.
And for the rich it is always best to capture human experience through the best that money can buy. And that is the very idea behind the most expensive pen in the world.
- Fulgor Nocturnus – $8 million
And they call it Fulgor Nocturnus and is crafted by famous Italian pen maker Tibaldi of Florence. And when translated from Latin means ‘Night Glow’.
There is only one copy of the pen in existence and it was sold at an auction in 2010 in Shanghai for a record-breaking $8 million.
The making of the pen is based on the divine proportion of Phi which is also known as the golden ratio ( the ratio 1:1.618).
In other words, cap and the barrel of the pen when closed are equal to the phi ratio which is 1.618.
The same divine proportion that is used in some of the world’s greatest masterpieces from the Pyramids to Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’.
For a pen, that price is so huge that many might consider its very existence ridiculous because for that amount one could actually buy the most expensive suit, with the most expensive espresso machine known as Javabot installed for a perfect cup of coffee.
And for a rounded deal still be able to purchase the most expensive drone in the world without breaking sweat. And there would still be enough cash left to buy other luxury items.
But despite its ridiculous price, a human like you and me, of course on a different financial level bought that pen for that amount and by so doing, made the Fulgor Nocturnus the most expensive pen in the world.
The financial value tied to the pen is all because of the precious stones that went into the making of it. Which in details is made up of 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies.
2. Montblanc Bohème Royal Pen – $1.5 Million
The second most expensive pen goes to Montblanc Bohème Royal Pen with a price tag of $1,500,000.
It is said that this runner up was inspired by the butterfly. Only six of its kind are said to be in existence. Three of which is made of solid white, yellow and rose gold, with 1402 Wesselton diamonds at 7.21 carats and 37 sapphires at .21 carats.
While the other three each have 840 diamonds at 4.35 carats and 591 sapphires at 3.87 carats.
- The barrel is made up of 18-carat white gold, with the cap featuring more than 1,430 diamonds.
- The pen’s star logo consists of 18 diamonds and 18-carat white gold rings. And crafted with a platinum plated retractable nib
3. Diamante by Aurora — $1.47 Million
- The pen is covered with over 30 carats of De Beers diamonds on a solid platinum barrel.
- The Diamante can be personalized with a coat of arms, signature, or portrait and has a two-tone, rhodium-treated, 18KT solid gold nib
- It is so unique as a luxury item that only one is crafted per year
- It is said that the total weight of diamonds used in the pen is more than 30 karats, including one large cabochon diamond.
- The company behind the creation of the Diamante has been in the market of making pen since the year 1919
4. Caran d’Ache 1010 Diamonds Limited Edition – $1 Million
- The pen is made of 18k solid white gold encrusted with over 850 diamonds, with three different cutting styles: brilliant, emerald and baguette-cut.
- The engraved nib is hand made in rhodium plated 18-carat gold, while the cap and exterior cage are inspired by various wristwatch parts.
- The 1010 Diamonds Pen totals 24.61 carats
- Nib: Handmade, 18-carat gold, rhodium-plated, delicately engraved with the gear wheel design of the 1010 Limited Editions Pen Collection. Made and polished by hand
- Ring: 88 baguette-cut white diamonds (2.28 carats) and 8 baguette-cut black diamonds (0.21 carats). Alternating black and white stones suggest the quarter hours on a watch dial
- Cap: Set with 26 lines of 22 diamonds each, a total of 572 baguette-cut stones of which 286 are inversed (17.6 carats). 44 different sizes of diamonds, each adjusted by hand and set with delicate hammering
- Clip: In the form of a watch hand, set with a brilliant-cut diamond (0.18 carats)
- Body: Interior and exterior Cages in whitegold, inspired by the bridges that support a watch gear train, set with 170 emerald-cut diamonds (4.06 carats) and enhanced by the CdA and Swiss Made monograms set with 12 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.22 carats)
- Oscillating Weight: Set with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds, 57 facets (0.06 carats)
- In Feed: Piston pump in white gold set with a brilliant-cut diamond (0.03 carats)
- Jewels: 872 diamonds
5. Heaven Gold Pen by Anita Tan – $995,590
- The Heaven Gold Pen is said to the first pen designed by a woman for women
- The pen is adorn with 161 brilliant color diamonds and 43 carats Tsavorite gemstones. While the pen itself is made in pink gold
- The Tsavorite is estimated to be 2 billion years old
- She used a total of used 1,888 diamonds
6. Mystery Masterpiece by Montblanc and Van Cleef and Arpels — $730,000
- It was estimated to have taken more than a year and a half to create
- It exists in 30 carats of encrusted gems in your choice of three variations: rubies, sapphires or emeralds. Only three units of each variation were ever made
- Each one featured more than 800 diamond accents
- The pen is a part of a limited edition series and was designed to celebrate the centenary of the two involved brands.
7. Caran d’Ache Gothica Pen — $406,450
- The Caran d’ Ache Gothica Pen was Launched in 2006 in China as part of a limited edition of 1000 units. And is covered with 892 diamonds (weighing a total of 7.1 carats)
- The pen crafted with six rhodium coated solid silver faces, each decorated with Gothic elements such as fleurs-de-lis and rosettes.
8. La Modernista Diamonds Pen – $265,000
- The La Modernista Diamond Pen was made in honor of architect Antonio Gaudi, who died in 1926.
- The Pen is encrusted with 5,072 Wesselton diamonds weighing 20 carats and 96 rubies weighing 32 carats
- The La Modernista took six months of labor by master jeweler Robert Perron to make
- The La Modernista is another sophisticated pen from the Swiss pen maker, Caran d’Ache
- The pen was completed in 1995 and sold in 2001 to an anonymous buyer for $265,000
9. Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 Pen – $260,200
- The pen is crafted with 18-carat white gold and encrusted with 996 diamonds and 96 rubies, with the inner workings of the pen still visible.
- The 18-carat gold nib also carries two rubies, while another 19 rubies is attached to the clip ring
- Prince Rainer III died in the year 2005 at the age of 81. And to honor him, Montblanc decided to design a limited edition series of eighty-one pen.
10. Limited Edition Boheme Papillon Pen – $245,000
- Only six Montblanc Boheme Papillion were manufactured in rose gold, yellow and solid white
- 3 of which are decorated extensively with 1,402 Wesselton diamonds and 37 sapphires, while the other 3 are adorned with 840 diamonds and 591 sapphires
And there you have it, 10 of the most expensive pen in the world.