Tycoon who made world’s most expensive toilet dies at 53

September 27th, 2008 - 10:50 am ICT by IANS  

Hong Kong, Sep 27 (DPA) A jewellery tycoon famed for creating the world’s most expensive toilet has died suddenly at his Hong Kong home, a newspaper said Saturday.Lam Sai-wing, 53, the creator of a 38-million-Hong Kong-dollar ($4.9-million) gold toilet listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, was found dead Friday in his luxury apartment on Hong Kong’s Bowen Road, the South China Morning Post reported.

Thousands of people visit his company’s showroom in Hong Kong every week to see the solid-gold toilet, which sits in a garish bathroom with gold fittings, including a gold toilet brush holder.

The self-made millionaire who moved to Hong Kong from China at 22 was inspired to build the toilet by his boyhood hero, the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, who said gold should be used to make toilets after the victory of socialism to remind people of capitalist waste.

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