If you go online and find a sale, you might be fortunate enough to get a decent quality glass piece for under $50. If you want cooler designs and perhaps an additional feature or two, you will have to part with $100 or more. For seasoned weed users, this isn’t too great an expense. After all, a well-designed glass piece makes the smoking or dabbing experience a true pleasure, and if you aren’t too clumsy and remember to clean it regularly, the piece can last for years.
Glassblowing is a difficult skill, and the world’s best know that on occasion, they can craft a one-off masterpiece that sells for four, or occasionally five, figures. What you may not realize is that at the time of writing, there were at least six glass pieces worth six figures, and two worth seven! In this guide, we count down the top 6 most expensive glass pieces in the world, culminating in not one, but two million-dollar marvels.
6 – Gold-Encrusted Skull Bong – $100,000
You will be hard-pressed to find a more talented glassblower than Scott Deppe. He is the owner of The Mothership, a glassblowing company known for creating some of the planet’s most stunning bong pieces. One wonders just how high he was when he dreamed up the conception of gold-encrusted marijuana leaves wrapped around a skull made of glass.
If Deppe had lived in the ancient Mayan culture, he might have been revered as a god for creating this skull! There are several reasons why this bong is so expensive, aside from the reputation carried by Deppe. It includes 21-Carat gold with a fumed Quartz finish, and you can actually use it to smoke weed! At nine inches tall, it isn’t large and unwieldly, and it is the only piece of its kind in the world.
5 – Faberge Egg Collaboration – $101,000
As you’ll soon discover, Deppe is involved in the creation of expensive glassblowing pieces rather often! He combined his talents with those of Sagan Glass to develop this mind-blowing Faberge Egg Perc which stands approximately 12 inches tall. It was obviously inspired by the mysteries of outer space and is made with extremely thick glass in blue, green, and black colors. One of the moon marbles was launched into space in 2015.
The combination of Deppe and Sagan is a dream-team in the glassblowing world, so having their names on pretty much any piece of glass will jack up the price considerably. This percolator includes a huge glass bowl designed for group smoking sessions. It also has a cap to save later hits. It is a functional perc but is too beautiful to get dirty!
4 – Hayabusa Satellite Bong – $110,000
This particular bong fits perfectly into the idea that the pieces on this list are works of art. It is a magnificent bong made from borosilicate glass modeled after the actual Hayabusa Satellite. It was created by Sagan Glass who operates out of Bellingham, Washington, the same city as Scott Deppe.
This bong is a triumph as it goes into painstaking detail and looks uncannily like the real thing. Check out the solar panels on the wings of the satellite bong for proof! It is over 12 inches tall with a sturdy base and actually works if you dare to sully the remarkable design!
3 – Sedna – $300,000
You probably thought it was crazy to see a bong sell for a shade over $100,000. I guess you believe the buyer of Sedna should be sent to an asylum for paying triple that amount! It was created by Banjo & Joe Peters and is a cybernetic marine-based humanoid covered with sharks, coral, and fish.
Although it initially seems to lack the sophistication of other bongs on this list (it looks like a robot toy), Sedna was the most expensive bong of all time when it was sold in 2016. A more detailed look at the bong reveals that each aspect has subtle designs that make it look more realistic when viewed up close. Sedna is over 12 inches tall, made from borosilicate glass, stands up on its own, and is fully functional.
2 – The Throne – $1,000,000
This is an all-star collaboration involving Scott Deppe, Banjo, Darby, and Clinton Roman. It is widely considered to be the greatest combination of talent to ever work on a single glass piece. The mere fact that The Throne was made by the czars of glassblowing means it is worth far more than the average bong.
Then there is the small matter of the awesome design. The bong was made way back in 2010 and is 22 inches tall. The design consists of what looks like an alien with three skulls protruding from a scaly tail. It is heavy by bong standards at almost six pounds, and you can see the mouthpiece if you remove the skulls. It is a functional bong but would you risk using it?
1 – Earl the Skeleton Pipe – $1,000,000
The Throne stood alone as the world’s most expensive bong until Kevin Murray came along with his remarkable glass piece. Earl the Skeleton Pipe is over 36 inches tall and made from gorgeous fumed glass. Murray even included a custom stand and this piece actually consists of eight separate pieces. You get two dry pipes and six dab rigs for your million bucks which is almost a bargain!
Earl is mounted on a stand similar to what you would see in a classroom skeleton. One of the most remarkable aspects of this piece is how Murray managed to create a functional skeleton bong that is also anatomically correct. While he was unable to create every bone in the human body, he made an exceptionally good attempt.
Final Thoughts on Million Dollar Bongs
Just when you thought there was only one million-dollar bong, another came along to blow your mind. It is easy for us to dismiss these purchases as the follies of the uber-wealthy. However, with the growth of the marijuana industry, bongs are becoming fashionable and desirable.
Already, we have reached the point where bong-making has developed into an art form, and perhaps buying one of these incredible glass pieces will be no different to investing in a Matisse or Monet painting in the near future?
The people who purchase these bongs may have far too much money, but it would be wrong to dismiss the skill of glassblowers such as Deppe, Murray, and Sagan. Sure, few of us know anyone who would pay such a vast sum for a glass bong, but we are allowed to, and should, admire the craftsmanship in question.