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24K Gold Bicycle

File this under: people with more money than sense. Goldegenie's $391,107 24-karat gold Men's Racing Bike is based on the Giant Defy 3 aluminum framed road bike. It's been given a luxurious makeover, including the tips of the handlebars, to the spokes, to the derailleur, chain and every single cog on the gear clusters. While the company also makes gold versions of the iPhone, you don't get one with the purchase of this bike. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Gold Porsche 918 Spyder

When you've got everything a man could want, such as a garage full of hypercars and mansions all over the world, the only thing left to do, besides philanthropy, is wrapping everything in gold, right? Well, that's exactly what this Porsche 918 Spyder owner in Dubai decided to do with their Weissach package hypercar. This vehicle straight from the factory boasts 875 hp and 944 lb-ft, and according to Justin Bell of DuPont Registry's 2014 Exotic Car Buyers Guide: "Porsche has created the car of tomorrow, today, and the 918 will forever change our perceptions of what a car can do." Continue reading for more images.

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Bugatti Beverly Hills

If Tony Star were to buy another home, it'd probably be 1181 North Hillcrest Avenue in Beverly Hills. This collaboration project between Interior Architect Joseph Ferrugio, designer Roman James, and the owner (Bruce Makowsky) really wanted push the phrase to the boundaries of luxury. It's located atop the Trous and features Bentley leather stitched furniture as well as a James Bond-inspired bar with its own personal candy shop. That's just the beginning, you also get a home movie theater and an open concept garage with hydraulic display sets. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery.Continue reading for a viral video of a full-sized truck jumping over a Formula 1 car.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

So, you've just sold your startup to Google / Facebook / Yahoo / etc. and want to make your first big purchase, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 should do the trick. Powered by a bi-turbo V12 engine that produces 523hp and 612 lb-ft of torque, it boasts IWC clocks, hand-crafted champagne flutes, an extravagant Burmester sound system, automatic window shades, rear headrest touchscreen displays, and plenty of leather accents all around. Expect it to hit dealers in summer 2015. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a 100-year-old woman who sees the ocean for the very first time.

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KLM Plane Apartment

The Jumbo Hostel in Sweden was one of the first plane to hotel conversions, but KLM brings a personal touch with their own version. Currently listed on Airbnb, this McDonnell Douglas MD-11 successfully charted 3,675 flights over its lifetime and now is a luxurious apartment, complete with "an open plan lounge room, study zone, master bedroom with a king size bed, second bedroom with two single beds, two fully equipped kitchens, 116 jet windows, eight tiny bathrooms and a panoramic cockpit." Continue reading for more images and information.

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Ice Hotel Sweden

The ICEHOTEL (above) is a hotel built each year with snow and ice in the village of Jukkasjarvi, in northern Sweden. Since its opening 24-years ago, the hotel is available for guests from December to April. Everything, including the chairs and beds, inside the ICEHOTEL is constructed from snow and ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. Artists are invited to create different rooms and decorations made by ice. In addition to the many bedrooms, there's also a bar, with glasses made of ice, along with an ice chapel that is popular for weddings. For those wondering, the ice suites do not have any bathroom facilities, but bathrooms for guests are found in a warm building close by. The entire structure remains below freezing, at around −5 °C (23 °F). Continue reading for more.

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JP Morgan Palladium Card

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You've probably heard (or even have) the AMEX Centurion black card, but the JP Morgan Palladium Card is right behind it. It's exclusive offering for the wealthiest of JP Morgan Chase clients who already have private bankers with them. All typical credit card transaction fees are waived (using it abroad, etc.),and there's no preset spending limit to boot. The card itself is made from palladium, a rare metal that belongs in the family of platinum metals, complete with 23-karat gold with logos, names and dates etched in by laser. For those who would hate to damage it, card members also receive a plastic version of the Palladium card. In addition to the waived fees, top tier concierge, unlimited complimentary access to more than 600 airport lounges worldwide, access to MarquisJet (world's largest fleet of private jets), a travel rewards program, and more, are included with the $595 annual fee. Continue reading for more.

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Conquest Knight XV

Priced from $629,000 USD, the Conquest Vehicles Knight XV is inspired by the Gurkha military truck, and based on a Ford F-350 truck chassis. This beast measures just over 6-meters (20-feet) in length and tips the scales at 5.5-tons. Made from military-grade ballistic hardened steel, ballistic fibreglass and six centimetre thick armoured glass, it can withstand fire from Kalashnikov and Dragunovs. Under the hood, you'll find a Ford-sourced 6.8L V10 that generates 400bhp and 500lb ft of torque, running on E85 ethanol. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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6-Pound Gold Nugget California

Photo credit: Kevin Fagan / The Chronicle

Officially called the 6.07-pound "Butte Nugget," this fine specimen is believed to be the largest gold chunk dug up in Gold Rush country in modern times. This giant nugget sold over the weekend for a whopping $400,000, to "a prominent Bay Area collector." What most may not know is that if it were melted down as ordinary gold, the nugget might've been worth only $85,000 or so, but its connection to the historic Gold Country is what drove the price way up. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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CJ Wilson McLaren P1

Most McLaren P1s already look amazing straight from the factory, but CJ Wilson's (Los Angeles Angels pitcher) manages to stand out from the rest, thanks to a color-changing / shifting Cerberus Pearl paint job. The beautiful images you're about to see were taken on a recent road trip out to the Grand Canyon, and show off the paint's special qualities - every angle shifts to a different shade. Continue reading for more pictures.

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