For the great majority of us, a pen is just a pen. A tool for infrequent usage, such as penning a cheque, penning a note of appreciation, or filling out pre-visit paperwork. As long as the ink keeps flowing, most of us don’t give much thought to our pens.
But when it comes to pens, especially high-end pens, collectors and connoisseurs have different perspectives. What makes a pen a high-end writing instrument? Most high-end writing instruments have a “nib,” the technical name for the pen’s fine, pointed tip, in addition to the pen’s superb craftsmanship and design. Here is the detail of the world’s most expensive pen sold.
The Fulgor Nocturnus
The Fulgor Nocturnus, claimed to be the most expensive pen in the world, sold for $8 million at a charity auction in Shanghai in 2010. The Italian company Tibaldi designed a pen using the Golden Ratio, a proportion often seen in architecture and art. Ignore the boring studies and focus on the exciting new things. There are 123 rubies and 945 black diamonds in the pen’s design. Rather of hiding it away in the trash can with the rest of the grocery list, the owner probably displays this work of art with great pride.
The Boheme Royal
Montblanc’s Boheme Royal is one of the company’s most luxurious writing instruments. It features almost 1,400 diamonds set throughout its design, including the clip, and is made of 18-karat white gold from its barrel to its cap. It is the second most expensive pen in the world, with a worth of $1.5 million, according to SuperMoney.
The Aurora Diamante
It’s been stated that each year just one Aurora Diamante pen is made, making it one of the world’s rarest and most expensive pens. The pen was crafted in Italy and has a platinum barrel covered with thirty carats’ worth of diamonds. The customer may personalise the pen with their name, a picture, or even a family crest. Estimates put the cost of a Diamante at close to 1.28 million dollars.
The 1010 Diamonds Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Caran d’Ache, a Swiss writing instrument manufacturer, has released a limited amount of their 1010 Diamonds Limited Edition Fountain Pen. More than 850 diamonds in brilliant, emerald, and baguette shapes adorn the 18-karat white gold pen that was designed to evoke watch displays. Watch faces served as inspiration for the pen’s design. The shape of the top reminds me of the teeth of a watch gear. The cost of this pen is well over a million dollars, but for just ten thousand three hundred dollars, you may own a Caran d’Ache 1010 Timekeeper that does not include any precious stones.
Jewellery designer Anita Tan reportedly made just eight of the Heaven Gold pens, each of which is worth around $1 million according to Rarest.org. The number eight represents good fortune in China, thus she used 1,888 diamonds to decorate her creation. Together, the diamonds weigh over 48 carats. The pen is made heavier by 43 carats because to the addition of tsavorite, an African green stone.
The Mystery Masterpiece
This pen is the result of a partnership between two world-renowned brands: Montblanc, maker of fine writing instruments, and Van Cleef & Arpels, designer of exquisite jewellery. SuperMoney reports that each manufacturer only made a small batch of Mystery Masterpiece pens. Diamonds were utilised for the pen’s accents, and it was made with 30 carats of stones total.