Jean Paul Gaultier’s gold bullion bar
Poor Karl Lagerfeld must be green with envy. Then again, perhaps KL just wanted too much green bullion of his own for this project. We thought Lagerfeld’s chocolate hotel suite was about as decadent a project as we’d seen — especially because it wasn’t sexy in the least. Only Lagerfeld can desensualize chocolate, even with chocolate sculpture guy on a bed.
Now Jean Paul Gaultier has taken the Modern values crown, teaming up with Dallas-based bullion trading company Dillon Gage Metals, to design a one-ounce gold bar.
Promoted as a ‘fashionable way for investors to diversify holdings and hedge against inflation, Gaultier’s 24 karat bar bears his name, a heart and sun rays.
“Never before has a fashion icon designed a gold ingot. The Gaultier bar is a one-of-a-kind, limited-quantity collector’s piece that not only is a great investment but it will also become a piece of history” gushes Dillon Gage Metals’ president Terry Hanlon.
Reported by the Telegraph UK, Gaultier’s bars were recently trading at $1,826.33 plus a $25 handling fee.
Now we’re confused, because reading about Dillon Metals, we wouldn’t expect them to be a green company. Yet, here they are on Got2BeGreen with an article Dillon Gage Metals: Everyone Can Go ‘Green’ by Keeping PCs, Cell Phone and Batteries Out of Landfills.
Over two million metric tons of gold ore and waste are recovered from electronic scrap in the United States annually. Old computers contain recoverable metals, including gold, silver, palladium, platinum and copper, from wires and circuit boards.
Note that the recovery of hazardous metals is highly-controlled by federal laws, so being almost green is mandatory.