Friday, February 24, 2012

Top 10 Most Expensive Pens

10. Conway Stewart Westminster Teal Pen


Priced at $1,800, British pen company Conway Stewart has released the latest version of this popular pen this time in teal enamel. The pen takes its design cues from the palace of Westminster with its Gothic style engraving on the cap and barrel. The small diamond-shaped recesses mimic the detail on the palace and the tiny oak leaves are a symbol of England. The pen is available in an edition of 100 fountain pen or rollerball writing modes.

9. Graf von Faber-Castel Pens


The core feature of the Graf von Faber-Castell Custom Pens is wood in different variations. In Pen of the Year 2008, the outer layer of the barrel is made of Indian satinwood. No fewer than 84 Satinwood rectangles are hand-cut for the filigree herringbone pattern. The pen is crowned by a chessboard-facted citrine gemstone, platinised fittings and an 18-carat bicolour gold nib, carefully run in by hand. It comes in a wooden case with a brochure and a certificate for the pen collector. It’s priced at $2,000.

8. Fifth Avenue rollerball and fountain pens


Each of the 1,929 luxurious New York Fifth Avenue rollerball and fountain pens hand-made by S T Dupont required about 160 hours of supervision. Result was taupe- and brunette-coloured lacquer fountain pens worth $2,400. These pens are embellished with a gold and silver relief overlay, which features a central globe design.

7. La Dona Menagerie Fountain Pen


Handcrafted by Cartier, these pens belong to the most exquisite designer range of writing instruments priced at about $4,000. Cartier La Dona Menagerie is named after the 1940′s, cine star Maria Felix, who was also known as ‘La Do�a- the Mexican Marilyn Monroe. It was on her request, the luxury jewellery designer Cartier customised a crocodile necklace in gold. This necklace inspired Cartier to design and develop 888 individually numbered fine pieces of La Dona pens, the second offering in the Menagerie Collection. Made of expensive materials, such as gold, Cartier pen has a gold-plated nib, which is carved with a crocodile head.

6. David Oscarson Pens


Of these lot, the Pierrot White Fountain Pen is the most expensive costing about $4,900. Through Pierrot White Fountain Pen, David Oscarson has introduced a unique collection representing the old world craftsmanship in an attractive range of designer pens. In fact, David Oscarson is the first pen making company to integrate five colours of hard enamel and three levels of guilloche on each fountain pen, which is finished in rhodium vermeil with natural backgrounds.

5. OMAS Limited Edition Pens


These pens are sold for $16,500. The Corinthian style votive monument erected by Lysicrates is recreated on the cap and the Laocoon sculpture dominates the barrel. The clip of the pen is one of the columns of the votive monument. The cap has a pure diamond set on the end of it.

4. Grayson Tighe Limited Edition fountain and rollerball pens


These pens are sold for a price of $22,000 to $24,000. They are 18K gold Victorian royalty executive custom made collectors pens.The nib of Grayson Tighe fountain pens is custom hand-made in Germany with 18K yellow gold. It’s engraved with a specially designed Acanthus leaf, tipped with iridium, and two toned with rhodium. Grayson Tighe rollerball pens have an advanced refill that has a 1 Year cap-off time.

3. Ripple HRH Limited Edition Visconti fountain pen


Made of 18K white gold and diamonds and with two-tone 18K gold nib, it costs $57,000. It has double reservoir filling system and is sold in two variations — white gold and black. Another distinguished Visconti pen is the Forbidden City HRH Limited Edition fountain pen. Made of black resin, 18K gold and diamonds and boasting of Power Filler innovative filling system invented by Visconti, it is sold for $42,200.

2. La Modernista Diamond Pens


It was made by the Swiss company Caran d’Ache in 1999 as homage to architect Antonio Gaudi.
The fountain pen was sold in Harrods, London, for $265,000.
La Modernista Diamonds is made of rhodium-coated solid silver components.
It boasts of an 18-carat rhodium-coated gold nib and is set with a total of 5,072 Wesselton diamonds weighing in at 20-carats, as well as and 96 rubies totalling 32-carats.
The pen was hand-made by master jeweler Robert Perron and it took him six months to complete this true masterpiece of writing instruments.

1. The Limited Edition Mystery Masterpiece


A joint creation between Mont blanc and Van Cleef & Arpels, this is the most expensive writing pen ever created. It costs $730,000!
Each pen has 840 diamonds and more than 20 carats of gemstones set in a Van Cleef & Arpels patented ‘Mystery Setting’ that conceals the stone settings. There are three variations of the pen, set either with rubies, sapphires or emeralds, and accented by diamonds. Artisans took over 18 months to create this pen