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In the age of digital technology, where most writing is done on laptops, tablets and phone screens, the pen still stands tall as a writing instrument without equal. There is something very personal about a handwritten note that no writing app can replicate. Below we have curated a list of the most expensive pens in the world, intricately crafted tools that are symbols of true refinement.

The golden age of expensive pens started in the roaring 1920’s when pens became works of art and treasured status symbols. Of course, nowadays few of us even carry a pen. Nevertheless, there is still an active market for fine writing instruments — and there are still buyers willing to pay premium prices for the most expensive pens in the world.

The List of The Top 10 Most Expensive Pens In The World

10) Perrier-Jouët Anniversary Edition pen by Omas — £99,341

9) Limited Edition Boheme Papillion Pen by Montblanc — £169,927

8) Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 Pen — £188,800

7) La Modernista Diamond Pen — £195,437

6) Caran d’Ache Gothica Pen — £299,756

5) Mystery Masterpiece by Montblanc and Van Cleef and Arpels — £538,375

4) Heaven Gold Pen by Anita Tan — £734,188

3) Diamante by Aurora — £944,000

2) Montblanc Boheme Royal Pen — £1.1 million

1) Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi — £5.9 million

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10) Perrier-Jouët Anniversary Edition pen by Omas — £99,341

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A collaboration between Champagne maker Perrier and Omas, each limited edition Anniversary pen is hewn from green resin, to reflect the colour of Champagne bottles. The bicentennial logo matches the Art Nouveau flower featured on Perrier-Jouët Cuvée Belle Époque bottles. The Anniversary Edition pen also features an 18-carat gold nib engraved with the bicentennial logo. An exclusive lot of 20 pink gold pens are available by special order. Only 1,811 units of the Anniversary Edition pen were ever created.

9) Limited Edition Boheme Papillion Pen by Montblanc — £169,927

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A truly ostentatious and eye-catching design boasting sparkling diamonds and sapphires, the Boheme Papillion is also highly customisable. For discerning buyers, it is available in all shades of gold, including yellow, white, and the more contemporary rose. Discover our top ten Montblanc pens here.

8) Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 Pen — £188,800

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In 2005, Prince Reinier III of Monaco died at the age of 81. Two years later, 81 limited edition pens were released to honour the prince. The pen has a white gold diamond motif, with 996 diamonds and 92 rubies, to represent the Grimaldi coat of arms.

Honouring Monaco’s Prince Rainier II, this pen is crafted with highly coveted white gold, and with the intricate inner workings and design of the pen still visible, this is a highly modern and unique premium pen.

7) La Modernista Diamond Pen — £195,437

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La Modernista Diamonds of Caran d'Ache was designed in honour of the famous Catalan modernist architect Antonio Gaudi. The pen contains 5,072 diamonds and 100 rubies, which took the jeweller Robert Perron a staggering 6 months to complete!

The work of world-renowned jeweller Robert Perron, the sleek and sophisticated Modernista was originally crafted as a homage to the late celebrated architect Antonio Gaudi.

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6) Caran d’Ache Gothica Pen — £299,756

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Named after the Russian word for pencil (karandash), which in turn is derived from the Turkish kara tash (essentially graphite), Swiss company Caran d’Ache certainly has a firm grip on the history of writing instruments. This knowledge is combined with expert craftsmanship to produce fine tools such as the Caran d’Ache 1010, La Modernista Diamonds, and the stunning Gothica. A love letter to Gothic architecture, the Gothica features patterns of fleur-de-lis and rosettes, with 72 rubies and 72 emeralds used in the design. It also has almost 900 diamonds encrusted in the cap and the barrel, giving it that extra shot of luxury.

5) Mystery Masterpiece by Montblanc and Van Cleef and Arpels — £538,375

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Montblanc is a brand that needs no introduction. Its cigar-shaped pens and snow-capped mountain logo are instantly recognizable the world over. To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Montblanc partnered with another famous luxury brand, Van Cleef & Arpels. The collaboration, which involved nearly two years of painstaking work by jewellers, designers and craftsmen, resulted in the aptly named Mystery Masterpiece. Unveiled in 2007, it was the most expensive fountain pen in the world and limited to just 9 pieces. The body of the pen is made of white gold, with an 18k gold nib, more than 800 diamonds and three variations involving rubies, sapphires and emeralds.

4) Heaven Gold Pen by Anita Tan — £734,188

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Inspired by the celestial movement of the planets in the solar system, the Heaven Gold design is vibrant, breathtaking, and highly original.

3) Diamante by Aurora — £944,000

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This aurora diamante fountain pen is produced only once a year, and is topped with a diamond. Its pure platinum barrel is durable, timeless, and encrusted with tiny, spectacular diamonds.

Only one lucky (and very rich) person can get an Aurora Diamante each year, and as a result they get to personalise it with their coat of arms, signature or portrait. It contains more than 30 carats of diamonds, including one large cabochon diamond.

2) Montblanc Boheme Royal Pen — £1.1 million

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As with Caran d’Ache, it should be no surprise to see Montblanc on this list twice. Part of the Boheme collection, the Boheme Royal is made of 18 karat white gold and studded with over 1,400 diamonds of the very highest grade. The stones have a slight colouration that adds a unique quality to the pen’s aesthetic but isn’t obvious unless you compare them side by side with a colourless diamond. Even the Montblanc logo has been done up in style, made using 18 karat white gold and 19 diamonds. This is also one of the only fountain pens in the world with a retractable nib.

1) Fulgor Nocturnus by Tibaldi — £5.9 million

Largely recognised as the most expensive pen in the world, this genuine one-of-a-kind piece is crafted with rare black diamonds. It sold at a Shanghai charity auction and is the prized work of celebrated pen maker Tibaldi.

Florentine pen maker Tibaldi specializes in proportion, design, and excellent technical execution. Based on the Divine Proportion of Phi, the ratio between the cap and the barrel equals exactly 1.618. And the components of the expensive pen are just as luxurious: 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies stud the surface of this gorgeous writing implement. Tibaldi only made one, and it sold at a charity auction in Shanghai.

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