The most expensive hood ornament ever


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What is the most expensive hood ornament in the world?


If someone were to ask you to name one of the most luxurious cars on the market today, chances are Rolls Royce would be one of the top names that come to mind. It’s easy to see then why the most expensive hood ornament would decorate this beautiful car.

The hood ornament is called “The Spirit of Ecstasy” and it was originally created to sit atop Lord John Walter Edward Douglas-Scott-Montagu’s luxury car, a Rolls Royce called “The Silver Ghost.” The sculptor of the piece is Charles Sykes and he used Lord Montagu’s secret lover, Eleanor Velasco Thornton, as inspiration for the piece. When finished, he gave it the name “The Whisper.”

However, the Rolls Royce Company thought that such a personal token was inappropriate for their highly prestigious vehicles and they asked Sykes to create something that would stay in tune with the sophistication of the car. Sykes in turn, once again sought out Eleanor Thornton for inspiration and it was this piece that he deemed “The Spirit of Ecstasy.”

Many people have been able to claim rights to the piece throughout the years. Volkswagen bought it at one time along with the rights to the shape of the Rolls Royce grill and some elements from Bentley but because all they really wanted were the Bentley components, they eventually made a deal with BMW for the latter to have the rights. This only seemed appropriate since BMW created Rolls Royce cars and this way, the emblem could stand on the cars it was designed for.

In early 2008, designer Jean Kemanjian created a piece also called “The Spirit of Ecstasy” to be shown at the New York Auto Show. This beautiful piece is constructed of platinum and other precious metals and is completely covered in 150 carats of only the finest diamonds. The world’s most expensive hood ornament is valued at $200,000 USD. But don’t worry if you can’t afford it; it’s not for sale.


The Spirit of Ecstasy


The world's most expensive hood ornament ever

The most expensive hood ornament ever

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