Black Tibetan Mastiff Believed To Be The Most Expensive Dog In History
Several Chinese– and English-language outlets are reporting the sale of a black Tibetan Mastiff to a millionaire from China’s northern Shaanxi province for 4 million yuan (appx. $600,000), which, if an accurate figure, would make this the most expensive dog in history. As the AFP reports (via Sohu), the buyer — named only as “Mrs. Wang” — arranged an extravagant arrival for herself (and her new purchase) in the city of Xi’an:
A convoy of 30 black Mercedes-Benz cars, led by two sports utility vehicles, drove to the airport Wednesday to pick up the pair, who had arrived from the Tibetan-populated province of Qinghai in China’s northwest.
Photos of the event posted with the report showed a committee of dog-lovers holding up a long red banner welcoming the mastiff to Xi’an.
This story, while remaining very much a “slow news day” article, illustrates the no-expense-spared nature of some wealthy Chinese, particularly in far-flung regions like Shaanxi province, and also the exposure that some bao fa hu (nouveau riche) millionaires seek for themselves as wealth in itself is not as much of a novelty in modern China. At the same time, the attitude of “Mrs. Wang” in interviews provides a nice counterweight to the over-the-top welcoming party she arranged for herself in Xi’an, as she quipped sardonically,
“Gold has a price, but this Tibetan mastiff doesn’t…”
The AFP article also includes valuable figures from the Hurun Report — which we’ve referred to many times — showing that displays like the one arranged by “Mrs. Wang” may become more common as time goes on:
Research by the Hurun Report, a magazine that tracks China’s wealthiest, revealed in April that 825,000 people had personal wealth of over 10 million yuan (1.5 million dollars), or 0.06 percent of the population.
The vast majority of these millionaires have said the global financial crisis has not had any impact on their lifestyle, the research said.