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Designer gold bars: The perfect Valentine for Mr. Goldfinger

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You’ve got the haute couture outfit and designer jewelry. So, what’s next?

How about gold bullion bars designed by the enfant terrible of French haute couture, Jean Paul Gaultier?

The fashion industry bad boy has been in vogue for decades — he designed Madonna’s much-ballyhooed cone-shaped bra, a line of skirts for men and outfits for rocker Marilyn Manson.

Now he’s reworking one-ounce bars of gold, charging about $1,830 (along with a $25 handling fee) for each. The going rate will change to reflect the spot price of the precious metal, which at the moment is about $1,660 an ounce.

The onetime Hermes creative director paired up with Dallas-based Dillon Gage Metals to create the items, which feature Gaultier’s moniker over a heart that has lines emanating from it like stylized sun rays.

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So you would be paying about a 10% premium for what seems like a very yellow, very heavy nameplate. Designed as a collectible item, only 5,000 bars will be made, according to Dillon Gage. And no, they won’t be available in the new vending machines that dispense gold.

“Never before has a fashion icon designed a gold ingot,” Terry Hanlon, the company’s president, said in a statement.

Hanlon said the bars make a great Valentine’s Day, birthday or graduation gift.

Perhaps if this is one of those years when the recipient won’t be getting a Ferrari or a small island.

Don’t scoff. Some of the bars have already been sold.

tiffany.hsu@latimes.com

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