The 10 most expensive bicycles in the world

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You don’t really need to capture the Tour de France to be a stylish bike rider. And if you own the world’s most expensive bikes, chances are you won’t subject them to a marathon like that either. But I don’t think you would mind owning a memorabilia that survived the epic clash either. So which bike holds the crown? It’s the Trek Madone road bike which Lance Armstrong rode at the Champs d’Elysee of the 21-day bike marathon. Designed by Damien Hirst, the bike is made with many shining real butterfly wings which have been clear-coated on the frame. The “Butterfly” bike went under the hammer at Sotheby’s, earning a neat $500,000, bought by an unknown buyer. Look for 10 most expensive bikes as the list continues after the jump.
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2. The carbon fiber made Trek Yoshitomo Nara Speed Concept by Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, which Armstrong rode in the 18th stage of the tour. The bike earned $200,000 in an auction.
3. The Aurumania Crystal Edition Gold Bike which has gold-plated frame, spokes, wheels, and is studded with 600 Swarovski crystals. The bike is priced at $101,000 with an additional $6,000+ for gold-crystal- adorned wall rack.
4. The Trek Madone 7-Diamond, which is a Madone 5.9 bicycle done up with 100 white diamonds and a one carat head badge that reads seven fetched $75,000 at an auction.
5. The Montante Luxury Gold Collection, an essentially ladies bike covered in 24-carat gold leaf, with 11,000 Swarovski crystals and a python leather seat is priced at $46,000.
6. The KGS Custom Bikes that come with custom frames built by companies like Beverly and the Mass-based Parlee, these customizable bikes cost up to $32,000.
7. The carbon fiber Beru Factor 001 comes with a touch screen mounted on its handlebars to control components and environment is priced at $30,000.
8. The Aurumania Gold Bike, without the crystal costs $25,000.
9. The titanium frame Spyker Aeroblade that comes with two carbon fiber wheels having spokes resembling the airplane propeller blade is priced at $12,500.
10. The Golden Brompton Folding Bike which was painted in gold by the ETA for a sweepstakes price costs $7,500 and cheaper version of the folding bike by Mercedes and costs $1,750.

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