When most people think of a golden Christmas tree, they picture a lush green pine covered in sparkling gold tinsel, matching lights and assorted ornaments. While this scene may be beautiful, it is nothing compared to the Disney-themed foliage found on a special tree in Tokyo. Constructed of pure gold, this towering decoration gives off a luxurious light that features more shine than just about any holiday accessory ever made.
The solid gold Christmas tree was the product of a collaborative project between Japan’s Walt Disney company and a jewelry store named Ginza Tanaka. The shop maintains several branches, with its headquarters located in Tokyo which is where the tree currently resides. The exquisite gold tree was created to commemorate Walt Disney’s 110th anniversary. It is also recognized as the most expensive Walt Disney Japan-licensed item made available to the public for purchase.
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This unique piece is more than a stationary decoration. It revolves so that passersby can view the playful Disney characters positioned around each side, which include familiar shapes featuring Tinkerbell, Cinderella and the company’s easily-recognizable trademark mouse. The entire unit stands around eight feet tall with a three foot width. A total of 88 lbs. of gold was used to create the finished product.
Anyone who is interested in adding this extravagant piece to their holiday collection can expect to pay $350 million yen, which is equal to $4.2 million in U.S. currency. In case anyone prefers to bargain shop, Ginza Tanaka has also made available smaller 10” models of the fabulous tree which can be bought for $243,000 each.