Five of the world’s most expensive doors

From crystal-encrusted entrances to exemplar art deco, here are five doors with the highest price tags in the world 

The Gioconda Shine Door

The Gioconda Shine door shows a unique copy of the Mona Lisa, the painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was created by designer Matilde Durante, for Pinum in Romania. It is made with ecological leather and studded with 31,707 Swarovski crystals with an estimated cost of $34,900. The Gioconda Shine Door was part of  a collection of luxury doors customised with valuable stones.

The Ueno Toshogu Shrine Door

The Chinese-style gate of the Ueno Toshogu Shrine in Tokyo Japan has been in existence since 1651. The pillars of the gate are decorated with two carved dragons,a gold foil, several hand carved decorations, including flowers and birds. Legend hasit that when it becomes dark, the two dragons on either side of the Shinobazu-no-ike Pond descend to drink.

The Ueno Toshogu Shrine Door © Basile Morin
The doors to the King of Morocco’s Palace ©Yamen

The Palais Royal Door

The King of Morocco’s Palace in Fez, Morocco, is hidden behind a series of magnificent brass doors with cedar and zellige decorations. Doors, such as these, are famous in Morocco for being the only ornamental element to grace a home’s basic and simple exteriors.

The Palmer House Door

The Palmer House Door ©Patrick Emerson

The Palmer House Hotel in Chicago has boasted the bronze peacock doors since 1873 when it re-opened after the  Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Tiffany designed the doors initially for the C.D. Peacock store that was once located on the first floor. The doors are made of brass, weigh over a half a ton and valued at more than a million dollars.

Selfridge’s lift doors ©Tony Gisgett

Selfridges art deco lifts

These lift doors are one of the most expensive doors in the world. The Art Deco  style doors are adorned with bronze and iron panels and features silhouetted images representing the 12 signs of the zodiac. 

They were installed by Selfridges department store in the 1920s and were the first electric lifts in the city. They were  donated to the Museum of London in the 1970s and can be viewed there when the Museum reopens in 2026.

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