The idea of liquid gold has transfixed us for generations. But what if we told you that there was a liquid even more expensive than gold? Some liquids fetch millions, even tens of millions of dollars per gallon. From diamond-encrusted bottles of wine to animal venom worth more than your house. Buckle up for an insight into the most expensive liquids on the planet.
The Blue Lifesaver
The number of fascinating animals out there is endless, and many of them have a far greater purpose than we realize. We know about the snake and spider venom and cow and goat milk. But what about the humble crab? Introducing the horseshoe crab. Whose blue blood, yep, you heard that right, BLUE is not only a lifesaving liquid but a mighty expensive one, too. Unlike most other animals, horseshoe crabs do not use hemoglobin to transport oxygen through their bodies.
Instead, they use a protein called Hemocyanin in which is high in copper, explaining the unique color. Every year, hundreds of thousands of horseshoe crabs are harvested for their valuable blue blood. A quart of which can be sold for 15 thousand dollars. That pegs its price per gallon at about sixty thousand dollars. But why is it so expensive? The blood has a high level of sensitivity, meaning that it is an excellent test for bacterial contamination.
Before knowing this, scientists had no easy way of knowing whether a vaccine or a medical tool was contaminated with bacteria. The medical scientists who explore these possibilities typically make around 80 thousand dollars per year.
The Stalker Poison
Lives are saved by horseshoe crabs. On the flip side, if we’re not prepared or if we don’t act quickly, lives are ruined, sometimes ended by scorpion stings. The aptly named Death Stalker is not only one of the most deadly scorpions on the planet, but one of the most deadly animals period.
The nearly four-inch long predatory arachnids possess venom that contains large amounts of toxins, toxins which can be both extremely harmful and extremely helpful. The venom is known for its aid in treating inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Although accessing it doesn’t come cheap. The selling price for deathstalker venom is an out of this world, 39 million dollars per gallon. Since they exude such minimal amounts in one sting, one scorpion would need to be milked 2.64 million times to fill 1 gallon.
And there’s a serious risk. A Death Stalkers sting hurts 100 times more than that of a bee. So the milker puts themselves in real danger. How much can you make as a scorpion milker? Well, it depends on how fast you act. A group in Morocco has developed a remote-controlled machine for milking scorpions, which means more venom sold and more money coming in a general scorpion. Antivenom called anascorp is sold for 12000 dollars plus per vial, meaning one course of treatment can run as much as 62 dollars for a single sting.
The Mamba Posion
While you might not have been too well versed in the world of scorpion venom, we’re certain you know a thing or two about snake venom. The World Health Organization estimates that there are up to 1.8 million bites from venomous snakes annually worldwide. And if you’re on the receiving end of one of those, you better hope that there’s an anti-venom available, especially if the snake in question is a black mamba. Unlike most poisonous snakes, where the venom travels slowly through the bloodstream, the Black Mamas Poison immediately attacks the victim’s central nervous system and shuts down major organs.
Six hours and it’s Bye Bye Birdie. That’s why extracting venom for medical purposes is vital in order to develop an antivenom. Of course, it’ll cost you a pretty penny in the USA, a typical antivenom vial can cost between 15 hundred and 22 hundred dollars. But a snakebite often requires between 20 and 25 vials to be neutralized. All up a snake bite victim in the U.S. could end up paying 30 thousand dollars in pharmacy costs alone. The most expensive snake venom of them all belongs to the King Cobra, whose poisonous liquid reaches in the ballpark of one hundred fifty-three thousand dollars per gallon. Most snake milker jobs are paid by the hour, but in general, wildlife biologists make around sixty thousand dollars per year.
Who needs antivenom, though, as the oldies say, just pour some alcohol on it. Granted, alcohol is a disinfectant, but it only works for surface wounds, not snake bites. However, when the bottle in question is the Macallan Valerio Adami 1926, then pouring even a sliver of it out would be an insult to the whiskey gods.
This bottle has been dubbed the Holy Grail of whiskeys because of the combination of its rarity, vintage and unique artwork. In October of twenty nineteen one bottle sold at auction for oh boy one point nine million dollars. That astronomical figure officially made it the most expensive spirit bottle ever auctioned. The bottle is 700 millilitres. A standard shot of whiskey is 30 millilitres. That means there’s just over 23 shots in the bottle, each of which would cost you a smidge over eighty $100,000 dollars per gallon.
That’s nearly seven point two million. Whiskey masters typically earn anywhere between 50 to 100K a year, meaning that their entire yearly salary could only by just one shot of the stuff.
Most Expensive Wine
While we’re on the topic of expensive alcohol, it’s no secret that a rare wine can attract an enormous price tag. But how much does the most expensive bottle actually cost? Do you think it’s more than the whiskey?? In 2018, A 73-year-old bottle of French Burgundy became the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold at auction, fetching a bank, breaking $558,000 dollars.
While it doesn’t quite match it with the Macallan this 1945, Romanee Conti still managed to rake in more than 17 times its original estimate of thirty $200,000 dollars. The USDA defines one serving of wine as five ounces, or about 150 milliliters, which means there are about five glasses worth of wine in a 750-milliliter bottle. Going by that logic, a glass of red from the 1945 Romani Kante would set you back a whopping $110,000 dollars worth it. YouDecide per gallon. That’s over 2.8 million these days. An expert French winemaker earns an average salary of $46,000, or about $52,000 U.S. dollars with a name like Taste of Diamonds.
Most Expensive Champagne
You would expect to be buying an icon of excellence, luxury, and sophistication. And that’s exactly what this bottle of champagne delivers on the outside. The Superman-style signature logo is handcrafted from 18 karats solid gold. And if you look close enough, you’ll spot the 19 carats deep cut white diamond centerpiece on the inside.
You’ll taste a blend of Grand CRU, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Peno Monya. So ready for the price tag. Any guesses? $500,000. $1,000,000? Nope. Try $2,070,000 dollars a bottle. That equates to $414,000 dollars per glass or $10,400,000 dollars per gallon.
Can you imagine rocking off to a party with one of these??
Most Expensive Perfume
Just as the finest champagne is a symbol of exuberance, so is perfume. Take this bottle, for instance. The Chanel number five Limited-Edition Grand Extrait. It goes for $30,000 dollars for a 3.4-ounce bottle. And it’s one of the most expensive in the industry. Without a doubt, on average, one ounce of perfume provides around 300 sprays. The massive Chanel bottle, therefore, offers 9120 sprays. This means you’re paying three dollars and twenty-nine cents for every single spritz.
And yet it doesn’t even come close to the perfume they call Shumukh. Shumukh is on sale for a cool $1,295,000 dollars. The crystal bottle is decorated with 3571 diamonds. Plus, Topaz is giant pearls over 11 pounds of pure silver and four pounds of 18-carat gold. Each spray is designed to last 12 hours, but you wouldn’t expect anything less from a record holder. The unmatched fragrance currently holds two Guinness World Records, the most diamonds set on a perfume bottle and the tallest remote-controlled fragrance spray product.
If that’s the price for just one bottle, then for an entire gallon of this stuff, you’d be forking out tens of millions easy. However, only one of these was ever made, so you’d never be able to bathe in opulence, even if you wanted to. Want to make your own perfume?? Then a degree in cosmetic science is what you need. Land a job and you’ll be looking at a potential salary of over one hundred thousand dollars.
Most Expensive Blood
N.B. The blood shown in the image is not the blood that we are going to talk about.
The most common blood types are a, B, O, and a B, either positive or negative. But did you know about the so-called golden blood? That’s right. Known as r h. No. This blood type lacks all possible RH antigens, which means that it can be universally donated. In other words, it’s the most precious blood out there.
Fewer than 50 people have been identified with golden blood since its initial discovery in 1961. So how much is it worth? Scientists haven’t been able to put a price on it because it is so rare and possesses such amazing lifesaving capabilities, Golden blood really is considered priceless. Nurses usually earn between fifty thousand one hundred thousand dollars per year, but the people who study R.H. know can make much, much more than that.
Now to something we can all relate to a little better, printer ink. How often do you find yourself having to replace the cartridge? And how often are you appalled with the sky-high prices? Too often. Cartridges can go for anywhere between 50 and a 100 bucks, with some estimates suggesting that the price per gallon of printer ink, specifically black printer ink, is two thousand seven hundred dollars. But why is ink so expensive? It’s all because of printer companies. Printers are getting cheaper and cheaper. But once you’ve bought one, you’re stuck buying the same company’s ink until the end of time. And that’s exactly what they want.
The printers are sold at a loss in order to acquire a customer, with the profits then coming from the continuous need to rebuy ink. Deceptive, isn’t it?
The Shiney Silver-e Liquid
Sometimes called quicksilver, Mercury is a Shiney Silvery and most importantly rare Liquid metal. It serves a lot more purposes that we realize. Fluoresent lamps, batteries, thermometers, valves, dental amalgams, and liquid mirrors are just a few. This precious liquid metal costs about $3500 per gallon. And, its value has, at times, risen faster then that of gold. But, that is your everyday Mercury only. Allegedly, there’s another far more rare, far more dangerous Mercury out there in the black market called Red Mercury. Yep, you guessed it. It’s red. One pound of red Mercury is said to be worth upto $1million dollars. This would make it $9million dollars per gallon. But, scientists insists that red mercury is nothing more than a myth.