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A replica to break the bank

ONE highly detailed toy car, or six Lamborghini Aventadors?

To most the decision makes itself, but an elaborate new scale model of the range-topping Lambo has been tipped to fetch nearly five million dollars when it comes up for auction later this year.

The one-eighth scale model - labelled as the most expensive model car in the world - has been created by German model making enthusiast Robert Gulpen in cahoots with the Italian supercar manufacturer.

It reportedly took more than 500 hours to create, with the body of the car milled from carbon fibre with intricate gold thread lacework.

Reports claim that the car is embedded with approximately GBP2 million (AU$2.67m) of precious stones and metals, including glitzy gold and platinum wheels, bejewelled headlights, a pair of diamond-lined seats and steering wheel, and, unlike some model cars, you can open and close the doors.

"This is a high-tech work of art," Gulpen is quoted as saying. "I wanted to do something unique, something that has not existed until now."

The model car will be auctioned in December by Sotheby's, with a reported starting price of GBP3.5 million (AU$4.67m) - about six times as much as the regular $754,600 Lamborghini Aventador.

Eager to secure it before the auction? You can buy it now for GBP4.5 million (AU$6.01m).

The model was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show, and is encased in a bullet-proof glass casing with integrated electronic sensors.


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