Have an extra £3.5 million? In the market for a human foot made of gold? Well this is your lucky day, friend, because Japanese jeweller Ginza Tanaka is putting a 25-kilogram (55 lbs.) pure gold replica of Lionel Messi's left foot on sale at that, low, low price of £3.5m (or 486,500,000 yen).
And just to make the deal that much sweeter, a certificate of authenticity from the Leo Messi foundation and duralumin case are even included free of charge. But you must act fast because the one of a kind item will only be available from March 7 to June 6, 2013.
Ginza Tanaka held a special launch event in Tokyo with the help of Messi's brother Rodrigo. The Golden Foot, which commemorates Messi's world-record 91 goals in 2012 record fourth Ballon d'Or win, will be on display at various Ginza Tanaka stores in Japan through June.
If £3.5m is just a bit out of your price range though, you're in luck! For only £62,790, you can own the Golden Foot Plate instead. An imprint of Messi's foot (again, the left one) in 300 grams of pure gold with an engraved autograph and wood frame, the Golden Foot Plate is limited to 50 pieces and comes with a certificate of authenticity, a box and a duralumin case.
For Ginza Tanaka's cheapest customers, there is also the Golden Foot Mini -- a £28,000 version of the full-sized Golden Foot that weighs 100 grams and is limited to just 100 pieces. And it of course comes with a certificate of authenticity, duralumin case PLUS a leather case.
You can inquire about the products through Ginza Tanaka's Golden Foot website, which features a "making of" video and a message from Leo himself. A portion of all sales will help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 through the Leo Mess foundation. So collect them all! Do it now! Finance plans are surely available.
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