An Indian man has taken his dual obsession for gold and fame to an extreme level by getting one of the world’s most expensive shirts made for himself, worth $250,000 and weighing more than six and a half pounds.

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This Indian man has one of the most expensive shirts in the world, made of gold worth a staggering $250,000.

The 32-year-old moneylender Datta Phuge, from the western Indian city of Pune, ordered the golden shirt that took a team of 15 goldsmiths working 16 hours a day, two weeks to complete.

The shirt was designed by jeweler Tejpal Ranka, who said that Phuge had been his regular customer for the past several years buying gold chains and coins.

Phuge said that he always wanted to do something which would make him famous across India.

[Gold Shirt Owner, Dattatray Phuge]:
“I had the desire to do something that would spread my name across India. So the owner of this store, Tejpal Ranka gave me this idea to make a gold shirt. So it was then I decided to get this gold shirt made, so that my name is spread across India.”

The shirt comes complete with its own matching cuffs and a set of rings also crafted from gold.

[Gold Shirt Designer, Tejpal Ranka]:
“We got the concept of the shirt from the armor of kings, which they used to wear when they went out to fight. And we found some old dyes, which were available in our old manufacturing unit and using those same dyes we created this piece of shirt for Mr. Phuge.”

The gaudy shirt has been assembled on a fabric base of imported white velvet, and comes with six Swarovski crystal buttons and an intricate belt, all made of gold.

[Gold Shirt Owner, Dattatray Phuge]:
“When I was 20-years-old, I had this dream that if we wear gold then people think that the person belongs to a good family. But at the age of 20 I did not have the financial resources, which I have now, to buy and wear gold.”

Indians are known for their love of gold and the country is the biggest importer of gold in the world.

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