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You have heard of Goldfinger in the James Bond movies … now here comes Goldshirt.
Indian businessman, Pankaj Parakh, has a 4kg shirt made from pure gold.
But whenever he flaunts his wealth he needs a troop of bodyguards to guard the shirt.
He made his fortune in the textile industry and wants the world to know about his success.
To celebrate his 45th birthday today he ordered the solid gold shirt …. costing 160,000 Euro.
“I wanted to wear something special when I say my thanks for my success at a thanksgiving visit to the Siddhivinayak Temple of the Hindu elephant god in Mumbai,” he said.
According to local media the gold shirt has really got him noticed as he marched along the streets of his home in Yeola, 260 km from the city of Mumbai.
“I have always been fascinated with gold since I was five-years-old and studying in school. And over the years that interest has become a real passion. So it was logical that I would want to make my 45th birthday a golden affair.
“In fact even on my wedding 23 years ago a lot of people said it was embarrassing that I was wearing more gold than my bride, but I just love the Royal metal.”
A team of around 20 craftsmen collectively spent 3,200 hours over the past two months to ‘stitch’ it together. The gold used in the shirt has an 18-22 carat purity, without any other metals.
Despite being made of gold the shirt has been so carefully made that it is as flexible as a normal shirt, he claims, and also just as comfortable because there is a thin cloth lining the inside.
He said: “It is easily washed and can be hung up to dry just like a normal piece of clothing, and a good a lifetime guarantee with it so that if it’s torn or damaged it will quickly be repaired.”
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