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Chinese Collector Buys $36 Million Cup, Gets 422 Million Amex Points

If you didn’t feel poor before, you certainly will now. A Chinese collector who bought an ancient Chinese cup for a record $281 Million in Hong Kong Dollars (About $36 million USD), got more than he bargained for: By putting the whole thing on his American Express card, he got a whopping 422 million Amex points.

Liu Yiqian, who clearly has more money than he knows what to do with, used his Centurion Card to pay for the ancient Chinese ceramic cup which, I assume, is for people who wipe their asses with Amex Black cards and would probably feel bad for you if you had an Amex gold card. Mr. Liu used the credit card because of currency restrictions about bringing money from China to Hong Kong, and had to sign 24 separate Amex receipts because the system could only handle HK$ 12 million at a time. Aww, I’m sorry he had to experience that. I paid for my coffee with spare change today.

But just to show you how few fucks Mr. Liu gives, a man who, at Forbes’ most recent estimate, is worth upwards of $900 million, he sipped tea from the cup right before he bought it and took pictures.

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There’s a good chap.

So what can you get with 422 million Amex points? 28 million frequent flyer miles. That’s right, 28 million. So he can literally fly to like every city in the world, purely on frequent flyer miles, laughing at all of you poor motherfuckers as he sips his tea from his $36 million cup. He’s like the Chinese millionaire equivalent of Kermit the Frog.

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[via Bloomberg]

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