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Nigeria Government Places Orders For 53 Gold-Plated iPhone 5s At $5,000 Each


According to a new report by  The Independent the government of Nigeria has orderd 53 gold-plated iPhones going for £3,000(about $5,000) from a  Bristol-born businessman based in Dubai.

The businessman who runs Gold and Co, a firm that plates phones with Gold for its luxury clientele from royal families, governments, and rich customers from Russia, China and the Middle East,


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The 42-year-old entrepreneur told The Independent:” Basic models in gold or rose gold cost from £3,000. Ali says he is fulfilling an order from the Nigerian government for 53 gold iPhones to mark the country’s 53rd year of independence from Britain next month.

“We will engrave them with the coat of arms, a shield and two horses,” he told the British paper.

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The firm strips down the normal pieces then plates them in copper, nickel and then pure gold and has at the moment limited units ordered from different regions.  He expects a huge demand with the announcement of two new iPhones. His customers range from the Saudi Royal family, which once ordered a gold iPhone at £50,000.

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