Dattatrey D. Phuge, popularly known as the Golden Man of India, was an Indian businessman, millionaire and money-lender.
In late 2012, Datta Phuge had an opulent 12.7 million rupees ($240,000), 22-carat pure gold shirt made for him, decorated with six Swarovski crystal buttons and an accompanying flashy gold belt in a matching design.
In 2013, he thereby gained an entry in the Guinnes book of Records for the most expensive shirt.
How it was made
Think you’re hard-core, rocking your plastic-diamond studded Affliction shirt at the club? You have nothing on Datta Phuge, a man from India who owned one of the world’s most expensive shirts.
Phuge’s custom made threads were commissioned in 2013 and cost upward of $250,000, but this isn’t some lightweight, breathable cotton with a fleck of gold here or there.
The solid gold shirt weighs a hefty 6 pounds, and according to the UK’s Mirror, the shirt took “a team of 15 goldsmiths two weeks to make working 16 hours a day creating and weaving the gold threads.”
Of course, no outfit’s complete without some accessories. Do you think Phuge is going to wear a plastic Casio calculator watch with his gold shirt? With the leftover materials (and by materials, we mean solid gold) the shirt came with a pair of matching wrist cuffs and rings.
Why did Phuge want a pure gold shirt? He told the Mirror, “I know I am not the best-looking man in the world, but surely no woman could fail to be dazzled by this shirt?” Yeah, we’re going to guess even with a gold shirt, a lot of women wouldn’t swipe right.
Watch the video of it was made
As Notorious B.I.G. put it, “Mo’ money, mo’ problems,” and in Phuge’s case, it was “gold shirt, massive target.”
In 2016, Phuge was beaten to death by 12 men over a money dispute. It wasn’t revealed if he was wearing the shirt at the time of his death.
References from Grugge.com