Article originally published on September 28, 2015
The golden age of fountain pens started in the roaring 1920’s when pens became works of art and treasured status symbols. Of course, nowadays a few of us even carry a pen. Nevertheless, there is still an active market for fine writing instruments — and there are still buyers willing to pay premium prices for the most expensive pens in the world. The asking price for some of the world’s most expensive pens cracks seven figures.
Organized from the lowest to the highest price, come discover with us, the top 10 most expensive pens in the world!
Perrier-Jouët Anniversary Edition Pen by Omas
A collaboration between Champagne maker Perrier and Omas, each limited edition Anniversary pen is hewn from green resin, to reflect the colour of Champagne bottles. The bicentennial logo matches the Art Nouveau flower featured on Perrier-Jouët Cuvée Belle Époque bottles. The Anniversary Edition pen also features an 18-carat gold nib engraved with the bicentennial logo. An exclusive lot of 20 pink gold pens are available by special order. Only 1,811 units of the Anniversary Edition pen were ever created.
Limited Edition Boehme Papillion Pen by Montblanc
Another limited edition, the Boehme Papillion Pen is available in white, yellow or rose-coloured gold, and features more than 1,400 diamonds and sapphires. Butterflies grace the cap and body while the top features a distinctive Montblanc diamond.
Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 Pen
How limited, you might ask? Only 81 individual units of the Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 Pen were made. Each of these expensive pens is crafted with 18-carat white gold and encrusted with 996 diamonds and 96 rubies, but the inner workings of the pen are still visible. Another 19 rubies attach to the clip ring, and the 18-carat gold nib also features two rubies.
Caran D’Ache La Modernista Diamond Pen
The La Modernista Diamond Pen honours architect Antonio Gaudi, who died in 1926. Crafted from solid silver components coated in rhodium, La Modernista has an 18-carat gold nib, also coated in rhodium. Encrusted with 5,072 Wesselton diamonds weighing 20 carats and 96 rubies weighing 32 carats, this expensive pen required six months of labour by master jeweller Robert Perron.
Caran d’Ache Gothica Pen
Another offering from Caran d’Ache, the Gotica pen was first unveiled in China. Celebrating Gothic art and architecture, the Gotica is crafted with six rhodium-coated solid silver faces, each decorated with Gothic elements such as fleurs-de-lis and rosettes. 892 diamonds (weighing a total of 7.1 carats) cover the Gotica. If that’s not enough, the rosettes feature 72 rubies and 72 emeralds.
Mystery Masterpiece by Montblanc and Van Cleef and Arpels
The collaboration behind the creation of the Mystery Masterpiece required more than a year and a half of efforts by skilled artisans. It was available with 30 carats of encrusted gems in your choice of three variations: rubies, sapphires or emeralds. Each edition also featured more than 800 diamond accents. Only three units of each variation were ever made.
Heaven Gold Pen by Anita Tan
Designed by a woman for women, the Heaven Gold Pen draws its inspiration from the changing alignment of the planets. Its design includes 161 brilliantly coloured diamonds circling a 43-carat Tsavorite gemstone estimated to be more than 2 billion years old.
Diamante by Aurora
A pen so exclusive that Aurora only makes one every year. 30 carats of diamonds rest on The Diamante’s solid platinum barrel. It’s topped with an even larger diamond and has a nib of 18-carat gold. A discerning purchaser can get their expensive pen emblazoned with their family coat of arms, a signature, or a portrait.
Montblanc Boehme Royal Pen
Another offering from the Boehme line from Montblanc, the Royal features an 18-carat gold, platinum-plated retractable nib. The 18-carat white gold barrel and cap feature more than 1,430 diamonds. And that’s not all: the Montblanc star logo consists of another 18 diamonds and 18-carat white gold rings. A paramount cut diamond highlights the clip.
Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi
Florentine pen maker Tibaldi specializes in proportion, design, and excellent technical execution. Based on the Divine Proportion of Phi, the ratio between the cap and the barrel equals exactly 1.618. And the components of the expensive pen are just as luxurious: 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies stud the surface of this gorgeous writing implement. Tibaldi only made one, and it sold at a charity auction in Shanghai.
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