Is the world ready for a $1 million sex toy? The answer is ‘Yes’, according to Australian jeweler Colin Burn. He has made it his goal for 2010 to develop the world's most expensive vibrator. He plans to handcraft 10 limited-edition pieces out of smooth platinum, each one of them encrusted with 1,500 white diamonds.
Mr. Burn outlined his vision at the third-annual Asia Adult Expo, where porn stars, and sex-toy vendors demonstrate their wares and show off their trade in Macau, China's premier gambling venue.
Colin Burn's most expensive product to date is $38,000 platinum dildo with 400 pave-set diamonds and a handle made of conkerberry wood, a rare timber from his native region. Another dildo is molded out of white gold, studded with diamonds and boasts one large white pearl on top. With a price tag of $8,000, it comes complete with matching earrings and a necklace. Burn’s prices for sex toys start at a mere $320 for feathered "ticklers". (You need an uncharacteristically benevolent ‘Mr. Burns’ of The Simpsons fame to be able to afford some of Mr Burn’s creations!)
Meanwhile, Swedish sex toy designers Lelo, are rapidly becoming famous for designing high price ticket sex toys, albeit at a slightly more affordable price than Mr. Burn. Inside an elegant black display case, is an $11,000 dildo made of 18-karat gold. Grace Lu, Lelo's sales and marketing director for Asia, said the company expect to sell two or three of these a year.
A line of vibrators rendered from ice is an innovative idea produced by a company in the Netherlands. Shots Media's booth, however, disappointingly featured only printouts of its offerings. Shots Media’s shipment of products were confiscated by Hong Kong authorities because it included medication for sexual arousal which is illegal in the region. And while that news no doubt received a frosty reception, undeterred, their next plan is to add flavours to the ice.
Despite this temporary setback, sex toys in general are definitely bucking any recessionary trends. One report listed the value of the global sex-toy industry at $15 billion; 70% of the products are made in China. The Macau event drew 100 exhibitors and 20,000 attendees, of which only 10% were trade visitors.
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