The Lighter Side of Gold

Investing in gold takes time and commitment. However, we all need a break from the daily grind. Within this category you will find fun and bizarre facts about gold, amusing stories, gold fashion trends and more to help lighten your mood.

Feeling Creative? 5 Pieces of Golden Artwork From Around the World

Gold comes with a high price tag, but it is a favorite medium of many artists. In fact, gold has been used by artists through the years for works large and small. So, what are some of the most popular and most expensive gold art pieces from around the world?

Kate Moss in Gold

Golden Kate Moss

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The British Museum unveiled a life-size gold statue of Kate Moss in 2008. The piece called Siren was created completely of 18 carat gold, and was displayed in a gallery with a variety of Greek goddess statues. It was called a modern-day Aphrodite, and is the largest statue created fully of gold since the days of the ancient Egyptians.

Artist: Marc Quinn

Price: It cost £1.5 million to make. The artist expected to make £10 million, however, it only brought in £577,000.

The Golden Buddha

Golden Buddha

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If you want to see the world’s largest golden statue, you need to head to Chinatown, Thailand. The Phra Sukhothai Traimit, also known as the Golden Buddha, is about 10 feet tall and was created with 5.5 tons of gold. It is estimated that the Buddha statue was created sometime between the 13th and 15th century. The piece was not truly discovered for what it was until the 1950’s.

Artist: Unknown

Price: Depending on the year and the price of gold, this statue could be worth between $180 million and $350 million USD, just in gold alone. That doesn’t include the historical significance or anything else.

Reclining Buddha

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Many golden Buddha statues are out there, but another of the most famous pieces is in Bangkok. Known as the Reclining Buddha, this piece is said to have been made centuries before Thailand made Bangkok the capital. The Reclining Buddha is gold-plated, and is 46 meters long with a height of 15 meters. It is said to show Buddha passing into Nirvana.

Artist: Unknown

Price: Unknown

Johann Strauss Monument in Gold

Gold Monument

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If you head to Vienna, don’t pass up Stadtpark. Here you will be able to see the monument to Johann Strauss. Though the piece is not completely made of gold—it is bronze with gold plating—it truly something to behold. Music and art lovers have flocked to the park for decades to see the beautiful statue that was originally unveiled in 1921.

Artist: Edmund Hellmer

Price: Unknown

Golden Eagle for Charity

Golden Eagle

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Said to have a market value of about $6 million, the Golden Eagle statue commissioned by Ron Shore is a beautiful statue. The body of the eagle is gold, and the head is diamond encrusted. The statue even includes a large emerald. The piece was set for auction through Sotheby’s, with proceeds of the sale going to charity and breast cancer research.

Artist: Kevin Peters

Price: Market Value—About $6 million. It is still listed for sale at $5 million.

There are many beautiful pieces of art that are either solid gold or gold-plated. When you travel the world, you get to view these amazing wonders.

10 Strange Song Titles Containing the Word “Gold”

Gold is a precious metal that captures everyone’s imagination. When people talk about what they would do if they suddenly became wealthy, creating something outrageous out of gold is usually one of the first things they mention. This shiny metal has also captured the imagination of songwriters all over the world and has produced some rather unusual song titles.

“Heart of Gold” by Neil Young

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The lyrics to this song are very insightful, but the title does not necessarily suggest a song with any great message to it. It is a song about longing and searching for someone who genuinely cares, but Neil Young continues to get old in his search for a heart of gold.

“Sister Golden Hair” by America

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The band known as America had several hits in the 1970’s, but “Sister Golden Hair” was probably its most popular. It is a song about a woman with blonde hair who gets left at the altar, but it is told from the point of view of the groom with cold feet.

“Band of Gold” by Freda Payne

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This is another depressing song that associates gold and marriage. This is about a woman contemplating her life after a failed marriage. Freda Payne originally recorded it in 1955, but it has been covered repeatedly by other artists ever since.

“Goldfinger” by John Barry


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This was the title song on the soundtrack to the 1964 James Bond movie “Goldfinger.” When taken by itself, this title could be one of the strangest gold-related titles ever recorded.

“Gold Teeth On A Bum” by Dillinger Escape Plan

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The Dillinger Escape Plan is a metal band that has become known for their strange titles and even stranger song arrangements. This song is actually more about the irony of wealth, but its title definitely makes it interesting to listen to.

“Seven Cities Of Gold” by Rush

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The Canadian band Rush is known for its epic songs, but this is one that many Rush fans may not be familiar with. It is an interesting story that talks about the challenges a person meets in the course of their lives. This is off the band’s 2012 release “Clockwork Angels.”

“The Power Of Gold” by Dan Fogelberg

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Dan Fogelberg is known for his insightful songs and his interesting stories. This song is about the trappings of success and what having a little money can do to a person’s life.

“All The Gold In California” by The Gatlin Brothers

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This was a very popular song in the 1970’s because of its sing-along chorus and its generally happy nature. Can you imagine what you would do if you had all the gold in California?

“Your Gold Teeth” by Steely Dan

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People familiar only with Steely Dan’s soft rock hits of the 1970’s may be surprised to hear that the band has a very jazzy and intense side. This song was one that the group used to showcase its musical talents.

“Fool’s Gold” by Stone Roses

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This 1989 release by the Stone Roses instantly rose on the charts in the UK, the United States and countries all over the world.

Gold is a popular topic in music. But sometimes it is hard to tell what a song is about just from the title.

4 Infamous Ladies of Hollywood Who Invested in Gold

You don’t have to have to purchase gold bricks to make a sound investment. Even buying a gold bracelet makes you an investor. These ladies of Hollywood knew a thing or two about looking good and putting their money in a metal that would increase in value.

Elizabeth Taylor: Smart and Beautiful

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Elizabeth Taylor earned her infamous reputation by becoming one of the sexiest women in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Of course, getting married eight times only solidified that image. Taylor might have had her personal quirks, but she knew where to put her money: she had an obsession with jewelry.

Shortly after her death, Christie’s auctioned off her collection for $115.9 million, setting a new world record. Why did the collection make so much money? Partially because the pieces belonged to Taylor, but also because she had some of the world’s most beautiful items. Some of the collections highlights included:

  • A tiara made of gold and diamonds ($4.22 million)
  • A Cartier gold chain and ruby necklace ($8.81 million)
  • A Van Cleef and Arpels ring ($4.22 million)

Angelina Jolie: Making it for the Kids

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Angelina Jolie can seemingly transform herself into any kind of woman, whether that means becoming a drug-crazed model or a treasure-hunting badass. Jolie’s talents go beyond her acting abilities, though. She also has her own line of jewelry.

Angelina joined forces with renowned jewelry designer Robert Procop to make a collection of rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Jolie set up the jewelry line to support her charity, Education Partnership for Child of Conflict. Sometimes investing in gold jewelry is about helping others.

Jennifer Lopez: Super-Bling Fashion Statement

Jennifer Lopez Bling

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J. Lo likes to claim that she’s still Jenny from the block. She just doesn’t mention that her block is now in the Hollywood Hills. How else could she manage to wear $5 million of jewelry to the 2013 Grammy Awards.

That doesn’t mean she has a collection worth $5 million. That means she wore that much jewelry on one evening! The ensemble included five rings and a bracelet with 33-carat diamonds. She even had gold-flecked fingernails. If she wore that much bling on her original block, she would have gotten mugged.

Julianne Hough: Jewelry’s Biggest Loser

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No one knows how much jewelry Julianne Hough has in her collection, but the “Safe Haven” actress apparently has enough that she can afford to lose $100,000 worth from her car.

House, who is also a singer and two-time winner on “Dancing With the Stars,” received the jewelry as a gift from her boyfriend, Ryan Seacrest. When she parked her Mercedes in Hollywood to visit a friend, someone must have noticed that she left her high-priced jewelry in the car. When Hough returned, she found the doors open and her jewelry missing.

Collecting gold jewelry is a smart investment strategy. Leaving it in your (unlocked?) car doesn’t really show off your intelligence, though.

Do you know of other actresses who have spent a lot of money on gold jewelry? Do you think they do it strictly for the looks, or do they have value in mind, too?

6 Facts You Didn’t Know About James Bond’s Goldfinger

The James Bond franchise of movies is one of the most popular franchises of all time. The 1964 release “Goldfinger” stands as one of the installments that Bond fans come back to again and again. This iconic movie has been combed over by movie fans for decades, but there are still plenty of things that the average movie-goer does not know about this very famous movie.

The Gold Looked Real

Real Gold

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In the movie, there is a scene that is filmed in what looks like the vaults of the U.S. Treasury depository at Fort Knox. The film’s producers asked to film inside the actual vaults, but the United States government would not let them. To solve the problem, the producers built their own fake vaults and filled them with fake gold. But the vaults and the gold looked so real that the producers had to hire 24-hour security to prevent thieves from breaking in and stealing it.

Aston Martin Was Not Interested

Golden Aston Martin

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The Aston Martin car that James Bond drives is recognized as an iconic image in movie history. But the Aston Martin Company did not want to give the producers one of their cars for free. The Aston Martin used in “Goldfinger” was actually purchased by the movie’s producers for the film. After the success of the movie and the boost in Aston Martin sales, the producers were able to get free cars for future films.

Gold is Not Magnetic

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One of the scenes that fans remember from the movie is when James Bond puts a magnetic tracking device on Goldfinger’s car after the two finish playing a game of golf. Goldfinger’s car is made from 18-karat gold, which means that it is 75 percent gold. Anything made from 18-karat gold is not going to be magnetic.

Bond Diffuses the Bomb in Style

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The producers of James Bond movies always like including quick scenes that some fans catch and some do not. When Bond diffuses the bomb at the end of the movie, the bomb’s countdown clock stops on 0:07 seconds.

Crushing a Continental

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Fans who know the movie “Goldfinger” remember that a brand new Ford Lincoln Continental was crushed during the movie in a scrap yard scene. Ford actually supplied a free Lincoln Continental for this movie in exchange for having the new Mustang featured in a scene in the Swiss Alps. At that time, the Lincoln Continental was considered the height of luxury and style. While the scene of the Lincoln crushing was being filmed, the crew remained completely silent at the sight of a brand new Lincoln Continental being purposely destroyed.

Men Playing Women

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The guys who have seen “Goldfinger” remember the female Flying Circus that appeared to be made up of a whole troupe of scantily clad young ladies. The truth is that a significant portion of those ladies were actually men in drag.

There is a magic to movies that some people find alluring. But it is always fun to learn interesting facts about our favorite films, especially when the facts are about James Bond’s “Goldfinger”.

The Most Spectacular Gold Heists of All Time

A lot of robbers have made detailed plans to heist gold. Most of those plans fall through or result in small hauls. Others go down in the history books as some of the most spectacular gold heists of all time.

The Brink’s-MAT Heist at London Heathrow Airport

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Date: November 26, 1983

Location: London, England

Value: $33 million

Brink’s-MAT, a security company based in Virginia, didn’t do its job very well at its London Heathrow Airport location on November 26, 1983. In what was an obvious inside job, a gang of six men entered the warehouse with the help of a security job. Originally planning to steal about $4 million in cash, they ended up pouring gasoline on security guards and threatening to set them on fire if they didn’t open a vault containing $33 million of gold, diamonds, and cash.

Police suspect that as many as 15 people were involved in the heist, but only three were ever brought to justice.

The Great Ghan Gold Robbery

Ghan Gold Robbery

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Date: May 28-30, 1934

Location: Northern Territory, Australia

Value: $550,000

The Great Ghan Gold Robbery didn’t result in the world’s biggest haul, but it is one of the most mysterious heists. While traveling between Alice Springs and Quorn, Australia, someone took 34 pounds of gold from an unguarded safe aboard the Northern Express train. A guarded safe on the train wasn’t even touched. Either the robbers didn’t want any trouble, or it was an inside job.

Authorities never arrested anyone for the crime (they didn’t even know exactly when the crime had occurred). The train company fined one of the guards a small amount for his carelessness.

Weston Gold Robbery

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Date: June 30, 1861

Location:  Weston, West Virginia

Value: $500,000

West Virginia, the only state established during the Civil War, has a complicated past that not only includes battles between the North and South, but a gold heist that helped fund the Union’s administration. In 1861, Colonel Erastus Tyler, accompanied by the 7th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, roused the residents of Weston in search of secession sympathizers. They were also there to “collect” a large stash of gold intended to pay for the construction of a new railroad.

The Union soldiers left enough money to pay construction workers, but they made off with about $500,000 worth of gold. That money was then used to build a hospital and barracks that helped establish West Virginia as a Union state separate from the seceded Virginia.

Beirut Gold Heist

Beirut Gold Heist

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Date: January 1976

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Value: Between $20 million and $50 million

Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as history’s biggest safe deposit box robbery, a group of guerilla soldiers stole a large amount of gold bars, cash, and jewelry from the British Bank of the Middle East. The soldiers stole from numerous safe deposit boxes, so it’s impossible to know exactly how much they took. Many estimate the value between $20 million and $50 million.

A truce later ended much of the fighting between Christian and Muslim forces in Beirut, but one lucky group of soldiers made off with a fortune. They were never officially held accountable for the theft.

Considering gold’s persistently high value, it’s no wonder that so many robbers want to steal it. What would you do if you suddenly had a stash of gold worth hundreds of thousands of dollars?