With a starting price of US$7.5 million, the gold-plated 1:8 scale model of a Lamborghini Aventador could make the auction’s winning bidder a very proud collector. Gülpen's gold 1:8 scale model of the Aventador will be carved out of a 500-kg (1,102 lbs) block of solid gold. It will have 25 kg (55 lbs) of the precious metal.
The precious metals and gemstones used in the scale model are valued at $2.64 million. US$650,000 of the earnings will be given to charity.
A video of this scale model in a Dubai showroom was released but this is just a prototype built from less valuable materials. The buyer’s preferences will be used to customize the actual 1:8 scale model.
The buyer will be assured of owning a scale model car that has received three Guinness world records for being the most expensive scale model car and having the most luxurious logo and the most secure showcase. It uses bulletproof glass.
The prototype has been on display for more than a week now. Alongside the scale model is a real Aventador with a starting price of around US$400,000.