Top Six Luxury Wrecks – Absolutely Priceless
As our top six luxury wrecks show, even the most valued asset can go from priceless to worthless in the blink of an eye. Whether it’s through unfortunate accident, carelessness or deliberate acts of destruction, there’s a grim fascination when it comes to the loss of items worth millions.
6. Costly Convoy Crash in Chugoku
Eight Ferraris, three Mercedes and a Lamborghini – no it’s not Saudi Prince Al-Walid bin Talal writing a list before popping out to the shops – it’s the 4 million dollar crash that happened on the Chugoku expressway in Japan when a fleet of supercars was being driven by a group of motorphiles. Most of the cars were damaged beyond repair in a fourteen car pile-up, when one Ferrari tried to change lanes.
5. Priceless Picasso Painting Punctured
The £80million Picasso painting was hanging at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, when an unnamed art-lover tripped, fell and caused a six inch gash in the masterpiece. Luckily the rip was in the corner and was later repaired to somewhat near its original state.
4. Clint’s Baby Burns Birkin Bag
Daughter of multi-millionaire film actor and director Clint Eastwood burnt a $100,000 crocodile skin Birkin bag after destroying it with a chainsaw, before posting pictures on her boyfriend’s website under the guise of an art project. Francesca Eastwood was the star of a poorly received E! reality show at the time that featured other members of the Eastwood family.
3. Chinese Collectables Crash in Cambridge
£100,000 worth of Qing dynasty vases, that were displayed on a window sill, were smashed into literally THOUSANDS of pieces when visitor Nick Flynn stumbled over his shoelace at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. It took two and a half months to painstakingly glue all of the pieces back together, but the vases went back on display six months after the incident.
2. Vandals Vanish Vineyard Vats
In 2012 vandals broke into the winery in Montalcino, Italy and emptied 60,000 litres of Brunello di Montalcino vintage wine out onto the floor. The wine represented six years worth of production at the vineyard and the finger was immediately pointed at the mafia, with the act considered some kind of extortion. However, a disgruntled ex-employee was later jailed for four years after being found guilty of the £6m crime.
1. Yogi Yacht Yields to Aegean Sea
Owned by multi-millionaire French businessman Stéphane Courbit, the $39million yacht sank off the coast of Greece after what was assumed to be some sort of mechanical failure in rough seas. Fortunately all the crew were air-lifted to safety before the sixty foot Yogi fully sank.