While writing is a great art form, there are now more options than ever before for putting words on paper. Word processing is available on typewriters, computers, tablets, and cellphones, and some even include special software. However, for some people, there is no option for a good pen.
Even in this day of digital technology, when most writing is done on laptops, tablets, and phone displays, the pen remains the unrivalled writing instrument. A handwritten note has a user experience that no writing programme can match. We’ve compiled a list of the world’s most costly pens, elegantly crafted utensils that are truly icons of refinement.
Most expensive pens in the world 2021
The pens below, on the other hand, are on a whole new level of luxury. The prices they demand are among the highest in the world for pens. Take a look at the options provided below.
1. Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi — £5.9 million
This genuine one-of-a-kind piece is created with rare black diamonds and is widely regarded as the most costly pen in the world. It was the prized work of famed pen maker Tibaldi, and it was auctioned in a Shanghai charity auction.
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2. Caran d’Ache Gothica – $487,000
Caran d’Ache, a Swiss corporation named after the Russian word for a pencil (karandash), which is derived from the Turkish kara tash (basic graphite), has a solid grasp on the history of writing instruments. Fine tools like the Caran d’Ache 1010, La Modernista Diamonds, and the beautiful Gothica are made with this understanding and great craftsmanship. The Gothica is a tribute to Gothic architecture, with fleur-de-lis and rosettes motifs, as well as 72 rubies and 72 emeralds. It also contains nearly 900 diamonds inlaid in the cap and barrel, adding a touch of opulence.
3. Montblanc Boheme Royal Pen — £1.1 million
The Boheme collection, which features platinum, white gold, and over 1,000 encrusted diamonds, continues to be a favourite among the most discerning pen buyers.
4. Montblanc Mystery Masterpiece – $730,000
Montblanc is a well-known brand that requires little introduction. Its snow-capped mountain logo and cigar-shaped pens are easily recognisable around the world. Montblanc teamed up with another well-known luxury brand, Van Cleef & Arpels, to mark its 100th anniversary. The partnership resulted in the appropriately called Mystery Masterpiece, which took nearly two years of laborious effort by jewellers, designers, and craftsmen. It was the world’s most expensive fountain pen when it was unveiled in 2007 and was limited to only 9 copies. The pen’s body is constructed of white gold, with an 18k gold nib, more than 800 diamonds, and three different ruby, sapphire, and emerald varieties.
5. Diamante by Aurora — £944,000
This aurora diamante fountain pen, which is topped with a diamond, is only made once a year. Its pure platinum barrel is long-lasting, ageless, and studded with dazzling diamonds.
6. Caran d’Ache 1010 Diamond Edition – $1,000,000
With an item that combines two basic icons of luxury – pens and watches – the renowned Swiss brand enters the list once more. The name of this pen comes from the time of 10 minutes past ten, which is seen to be the most aesthetically beautiful position for clock hands on the dial. To resemble a’skeleton’ watch design, the pen’s body is coated in carefully carved gears and enclosed in a translucent casing. The pen clip is shaped like a clock hand, and the nib has a gear design carved into it, continuing the horological concept. The 1010 collection is available in three different editions: silver, gold, and diamond. The Diamond Edition is the only one worth a seven-figure sum, with over 800 flawlessly cut stones.
7. Heaven Gold Pen by Anita Tan — £734,188
Inspired by the celestial movement of the planets in the solar system, the Heaven Gold design is vibrant, breathtaking, and highly original.
8. Aurora Diamante – $1,470,000
As has been the case on this list thus far, the simplest method to make any object more exclusive is to include diamonds into the design. The Aurora Diamante follows suit, as demonstrated by its name, and is as much a piece of jewellery as it is a writing instrument. It’s studded with nearly 2,000 diamonds, 1,919 of which are on the barrel as a reference to Aurora’s founding year. All of the stones were sourced from DeBeers Jewellers, and the nib can be engraved with a family coat of arms or the owner’s initials, giving it a personal touch. This is the one and only unit made in this edition, making it a highly rare collector’s item.
9. Mystery Masterpiece by Montblanc and Van Cleef and Arpels — £538,375
This staggering ostentatious design is available encrusted in precious stones of the purchaser’s choice, including flawless emeralds, sapphires, or rubies.
10. Montblanc Boheme Royal – $1,500,000
It should come as no surprise that Montblanc appears twice on this list, just like Caran d’Ache. The Boheme Royal is a part of the Boheme line and is crafted of 18-carat white gold with approximately 1,400 high-quality diamonds. The stones have a little colouration that gives a unique quality to the pen’s look but isn’t noticeable unless compared to a colourless diamond. Even the Montblanc logo, which is comprised of 18 karat white gold and 19 diamonds, has been given a stylish makeover. This is also one of the few fountain pens with a retractable nib in the world.
11. Caran d’Ache Gothica Pen — £299,756
The Gothica features six solid sterling silver faces with rhodium plating, as well as a beautiful variety of rubies, diamonds, and emeralds. It first appeared in China, inspired by Gothic design and the fleur-de-lis. Here you may see all of our Caran d’Ache pens.
12. Tibaldi Fulgor Nocturnus – $8,000,000
The Fulgur Nocturnus is a one-of-a-kind pen created by Tibaldi, a famous Italian pen producer. There are diamonds involved, as with every other entry on this list – 945 black diamonds in this case. These stunning dark stones, which cover the cap and much of the barrel, are the basis for the pen’s name, which translates to ‘Night Glow.’ But it isn’t the only reason why the Nocturnus is the most costly pen in the world. It also boasts an intriguing design based on the Golden Ratio, often known as the Phi Divine Proportion. The Golden Ratio is the most visually beautiful proportion, and it occurs when two components of an object have a ratio of around 1.618. This mathematical principle can be found in nature, as well as in architecture and art. If you add the length of the pen’s cap to the length of the pen’s body, you’ll get