The Desk, the Pen and the Writing Paper …
This is a very nice reproduction Thomas Chippendale style desk. It costs £10,250. The real thing would set you back well over £150,000. Still, I don’t think you can beat a good old-fashioned kitchen table.
OK. Now for a pen. I use a Bic Cristal biro. It does me fine. The current title holder for the world’s most expensive pen is the Fulgor Nocturnus by the famous pen-makers Tibaldi of Florence. This fountain pen sold for $8 million in a 2010 auction in Shanghai, China. So what’s so special about the Fulgor Nocturnus that makes it about 8 million times more expensive than your average Bic pen? It was created based on the Divine Proportions of Phi, so the ratio between the cap and the visible portion of the barrel when the pen is closed is equal to the phi ratio 1.618. In addition to its divine shape, the pen is decorated with 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies.
As for a suitable ink to go with it. Haven’t a clue. But I would like to point out that scorpion venom works out at $37 million per gallon and your average computer ink is about $4,500 per gallon. If you can afford to buy a pen costing $8 million, then a bottle of Parker Quink shouldn’t exactly break the bank.
Finally, writing paper. Yellow lined legal pads are my favourite.
The Golden Store is a Germany-based online shop offering luxury goods to all those who love the rare and the opulent. One such item is a limited edition stock of 14th century paper. Every single sheet of paper has its unique watermark guaranteeing authenticity. Those who can whip up £9,250 can buy a single sheet of paper from the Golden Store.
So … on my shopping list, for when I’ve finished my string of bestsellers, will be: milk, bread, cheese, custard creams, marmite (large jar) and tomato sauce.