Maharashtra’s businessman and politician, Pankaj Parakh, has entered the Guinness World Records for having ‘the most expensive gold shirt in the world’ worth Rs.98,35,099.
The GWR certificate was issued on Tuesday. “This is simply unbelievable. I am a small man from a remote area in Maharashtra. I am happy that this achievement had catapulted my village name into the whole world,” Parakh told IANS.
The school dropout, who made his fortunes from a garment fabrication business, got the gold shirt stitched for his 45th birthday two years ago.
“I had stitched this special gold shirt with seven golden buttons. I have been fascinated by gold since my school days and over the years it became a passion, almost an obsession,” Parakh said. Around 20 select artisans spent 3,200 hours over two months to stitch the shirt.
The shirt weighs 4.10 kg and is supplemented by a gold watch, several gold chains, large gold rings, a gold mobile cover and golden-framed spectacles.
“Though made of gold, the shirt is fully flexible and comfortable, absolutely smooth and harmless and with a thin cloth lining the inside to avoid rubbing or chapping the body, washable and even repairable with a lifetime guarantee,” Parakh said.
Parakh, 47, walks out on the streets with private security guards to keep everyone at a safe distance.
“My family is hardly impressed or interested in my love for gold. They just ignore and accept it as a part of domestic life. But the rest of my extended family thinks I am weird,” he said.
Well, that’s one shirt!