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Jean Paul Gaultier Gold Bars: Designer Unveils Collector's Bullion Bars Ahead Of Valentine's Day

Jean Paul Gaultier Gold Bars

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/19/12 04:56 PM ET Updated: 01/19/12 05:10 PM ET

Nothing quite says "I love you" like a bar of gold bullion with Jean Paul-Gaultier's mark on it.

After teaming up with Dallas-based bullion company Dillon Gage Metals, the flamboyant French designer has unveiled the 24 carat one ounce gold bars just in time for Valentine's Day.

With only 5,000 bars to be released, the limited edition "collector's item" comes engraved with a heart, rays and Gaultier's name, notes the Telegraph.

As Forbes puts it, investing in the precious yellow metal allows for hedging against inflation, while diversifying your holdings and pleasing a loved one all at the same time.

Priced at $1,826.33 (plus a $25 handling fee), the gold bar is 10 percent above gold's current commodity price of $1,650 an ounce, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Never before has a fashion icon designed a gold ingot," Terry Hanlon, president of Dillon Gage Metals, said in a press statement. "The Gaultier bar is a one-of-a-kind, limited-quantity collector’s piece that not only is a great investment but it will also become a piece of history."

The price of gold has risen more than fivefold in the last 10 years, outperforming almost every other investment available.

Though stamping a designer logo on a bar of gold is far from an innovative business endeavor, it's not often you see the world of financial commodities and fashion embrace one another.

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