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Lana Galea

Sportspeople

The Olympic medals presented at the London 2012 Olympics are not only valuable in terms of athlete glory, they also happen to be the most expensive Olympic medals in history.

The eight tonnes of gold, silver and copper sourced from mines in Mongolia and Utah which are now under security watch at the Tower of London represent the largest-ever haul used to make Olympic medals, according to AFP.

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Gadgets

Samsung, the world’s number 1 technology firm in terms of revenue, reported a record net profit of $4.5 billion for the quarter as customers around the world flocked to buy Galaxy S3 smartphones.

South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co said Friday its net profit surged to 5.2 trillion won ($4.5 billion) in the April-June quarter, representing a 48 per cent increase over the previous year.

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Entertainment

The first issues of both X-Men and Avengers sold for world record prices at an auction of high-grade Silver Age comics organised by Heritage Auctions on July 26.

The 1963 copy of X-Men no. 1 sold for $492,937.50, while the copy of Avengers no. 1 sold for $274,850, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Responsible Gambling

A EuroMillions lottery draw on Friday night is set to create a world record breaking 100 millionaires in the UK, with an estimated jackpot of £105 million.

Lottery ticket sales are expected to soar to around three million per hour on the day of the draw, and the lottery’s organisers have cautioned players to get in early for their chance to become a millionaire overnight, according to the UK Press Association.

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Dining

New York’s 230 FIFTH Rooftop Bar & Penthouse Lounge has released the world’s most expensive hot dog – priced at $2300 – in honour of National Hot Dog Day in the US on July 23.

Proceeds from the sale of the limited edition 230 FIFTH Dog will go to City Harvest, a food rescue organisation dedicated to feeding New York City’s hungry.

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Fashion

Kate Middleton’s wedding dress has helped raise a massive £10 million in admission ticket sales as a record number of visitors paid to see it at Buckingham Palace.

A total of 626,678 people paid to see the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, tiara, earrings and shoes at Buckingham Palace during the 73-day summer opening, a 52 per cent increase in visitors over the previous year, according to The Telegraph.

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Sportspeople

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has officially become the world’s most expensive player in football history after the Sweden international completed his £31 million transfer from AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Ibrahimovic is the French Ligue 1 side’s third major signing for summer and has sealed the deal by undergoing a medical at a Paris hospital yesterday, according to the Daily Mail.

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Dining

A New York City food truck by the name of 666 Burger has released a new devilish $666 burger called the ‘Douche Burger’ – the world’s most expensive burger available from a food truck.

The truck’s co-owner, 36-year-old Franz Aliquo, described the creation perfectly on Facebook: it’s “a f–cking burger filled and topped with rich people’s s–t.”

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Lifestyle

The world’s largest auctioneer, Christie’s, has announced record first-half art sales of £2.2 billion, an increase of 13 per cent over the same period of 2011.

Christie’s posted sales of £1.8 billion in the first six months of 2012, up seven per cent compared to a year ago, while private art sales increased by a staggering 53 per cent to £413 million, according to Reuters.

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Entrepreneurs

Social news website Digg has been sold for just $500,000 after being valued at up to $175 million.

Digg, which was once the “internet darling” at the forefront of social news sharing and valued at up to a staggering $175 million, was sold to New York technology development company Betaworks for $500,000 in cash plus equity.

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