What are the world’s most famous statues worth?

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Date:2 November 2017 Tags:, ,

If you scrapped the world’s most famous statues, how much would you get?

By Tim Newcomb

With 31 tons of copper and 125 tons of steel, the scrap value of the Statue of Liberty comes in at $227 610 (R3,1 million), far below two of the most expensive statues in the world. But that’s what happens when you use millions worth of gold and bronze.

911 Metallurgist is a metallurgy and mineral processing consultancy based in British Columbia, Canada. They researched the value of some of the world’s most famous statues, using current metal and commodity prices to determine just which of the world’s most monumental locations would have the most monumental price tag if scrapped for parts.

The results showed a relatively budget-conscious look at statues, save for a pair that set a new mark in expense. Set for completion in 2018, the Statue of Unity in India will come in as the world’s tallest statue. It will comprise of over 6 000 tons of steel and nearly 25 000 tons of bronze. It’s estimated value is over $1,9 million (R2,6 billion).

The second-most expensive statue comes from China. Called the Guan Yu Statue, it comprises of 1 300 tons of bronze. The statue includes 4 000 bronze strips and has a value of over $10 million. The sheer size of the Statue of Liberty brings this New York statue in at third, worth a little less than the original construction costs of $250,000 (R3,4 million today) in 1875.

Here’s how some of the world’s other famous statues fair, via 911 Metallurgist:

famous statues value infographic

From: PM USA