27 February, 2021

Mixed Shots

Passing through: A chuckle here, a teardrop there

Illustration by Saahil
Mixed Shots

Masked Millions

Poor rich people! The pandemic and lockdown have not only taken away all their opportunities to flaunt their wealth, but they also have to gag their exhalations with a mask. Besides, what’s the point of being rich if you look like every other person on the street. This first-world problem inspired an Israeli jeweller to come up with an 18-carat white gold mask encrusted with diamonds that costs $1.5 million. Oh, it also has two N99 filters. The buyer is a Chinese businessman based in the US who put forth two conditions: that it be completed before the end of this year and that it be the priciest in the world. The last condition was the easiest to fulfill, says the jeweller.

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