An Indian businessman has paid about $4,000 for possibly the world’s most expensive face mask.
It is a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.
However, the mask may not be as effective as the cheap ones in the market.
The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took
craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the
western city of Pune.
“It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” Shankar told AFP.
“I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions,” he added.
When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold
jewellery weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and
rings on each finger of his right hand.
Kurhade — whose company makes industrial sheds — said he got the idea
for the gold face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing
one made from silver.
“People are asking me for selfies,” he said.