This Crystal-Encased Toilet Is Worth $130,000

Expect some sparkle with 70,000 pieces of crystal.

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Japan's tiling and sanitary fixtures manufacturer Lixil displays the company's Inax brand toilet "Satis" decorated with a total 72,000 swalovski crystals.

Talk about toilet humor. The jokes keep coming to mind about reports of a Japanese toilet manufacturer adding 72,000 pieces of Swarovski cut crystal to a prized pedestal, now valued at about $130,000.

Manufacturer INEX isn’t actually selling its creation, nor is the company letting people try it out, but instead using it as a lure to attract customers to the Lixil interior fixture company in the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo.

As a way to also riff on the cleanliness of the Japanese culture, the crystal toilet will sit unscathed in a showroom through the end of the year. At that time, we can only surmise, the crystal will be repurposed for a less-glamorous job. Of course, ensuring no one uses the toilet serves as the only guarantee the crystal can gain a life beyond the throne room.

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