A seven-layered bacon cheeseburger prepared by a member of the Qatari royal family has become perhaps the most expensive ever sold.
The mammoth meal commanded the huge asking price because Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani, a member of Qatar’s royal family, helped out with the cooking.
Top chef and culinary director at Dubai’s Le Gourmet Russell Impiazzi prepared the burger alongside the Sheikh.
For the huge price tag the buyer got seven beef patties, one to represent each of the emirates, topped with aged cheddar cheese and veal bacon strips served in a saffron brioche bun.
Asma Al Fahim, founder of Dubai lifestyle magazine Villa 88, phoned in the winning £8,000 bid
While it may seem like the ultimate extravagance, all the money went to a good cause. The proceeds went to breast cancer charity Pink Caravan, which raises awareness of the disease.
Sheikh Al Thani said: ‘Two years ago we broke the world record by selling one burger for $7,000, and this year we wanted to top that.
‘All proceeds will go to breast cancer awareness and free detection at an earlier stage.’
Ms Al Fahim said she bid the large amount because she wanted to support a good cause and honor former Pink Caravan director Ameera bin Karam, who died in a house fire last year.
The pricey burger was one of four that were auctioned, alongside several other dishes, raising almost $30,000.