A Spanish hotel claims to have the most expensive Christmas tree in the world: a 19-foot fir worth $15 million after being strung with pink, red, white and black diamonds.
The Kempinski Hotel Bahia near Marbella, Spain first revealed its decadently decorated tree on Nov. 30, but it’s been gaining more buzz over the past week as more details about its ostentatious ornaments have been revealed.
Perhaps the most extravagant is a $5.5 million red oval diamond — which the New York Post noted could buy a lifetime of clean water for about 385,000 villagers in Tanzania, or build at least 1,000 homes for Habitat for Humanity.
There’s also a 3-carat pink diamond ornament worth $2.6 million; nine 3-carat black diamond decorations worth $590,000; as well as fake $1 million and $100,000 bills embossed with 24-karat gold reportedly worth $1.3 million.
The tree was decked by British celebrity designer Debbie Wingham, who has previously made headlines for crafting the most expensive wedding cake in the world for a Dubai client worth $75 million in 2015, as well as a pair of haute heels made of gold and crusted with pink and blue diamonds worth $17 million last year that were deemed the world’s most expensive shoes.
She was inspired by “the verdant feathers of a peacock and the modernist art-deco era,” according to the hotel’s press release, so Gatsby-esque martini glasses, feathers, perfume bottles and 3D-printed chocolate peacocks hang on the tree. There are also more “traditional” ornaments, such as snowflakes, fairies and nutcrackers “carefully curated with a mixture of materials, from diamond dust and 24 carat gold to emu and ostrich eggs” — you know, just like the tree your family decorated when you were growing up.
Read more about the $15 million dollar Christmas tree on the Marketwatch.com website HERE