Not for my coffee table

In fact, the top version of this book costs more than my entire house:

Bentley’s celebrating its centenary this month, but rather than launch some dingus special edition, the automaker issued a promise that the all-new Flying Spur will redefine contemporary craftsmanship and luxury when it finally debuts. It’s also offering a limited run of extravagant books illustrating the brand’s history.

While the cheapest of these printed works will set you back £3,000 ($3,837), there will be a “100 Carat Edition” that costs £200,000 ($255,811) per copy. Weighing more than 66 pounds, the book comes laden with 100 carats of diamonds. At over 3 feet wide, and housing gatefolds that can double those dimensions, Bentley proudly proclaims the 800-page monstrosity as the “heaviest book ever produced” for an automotive brand.

Somehow I am minded of the remark Ettore Bugatti is alleged to have made about W. O. Bentley: “[He] makes the fastest trucks in Europe.”

Only seven copies of the hyperexpensive edition will be issued.

3 comments »

  1. fillyjonk »

    17 May 2019 · 9:03 pm

    Holy cow. I thought the Folio Society “special editions” (which usually run $400-$500) were expensive. You also probably need a reinforced coffee-table to hold up the 66 pound diamond-encrusted version.

  2. CGHill »

    17 May 2019 · 9:12 pm

    There are a few books for which I’ve spent over $100, but the operative word here is “few.”

    I have a glass-topped coffee table; I question its capacity.

  3. McGehee »

    17 May 2019 · 10:04 pm

    The actual Miskatonic University Necronomicon would only auction off close to that if at least two of the bidders had been “touched” by Cthulhu.

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