Levy, owner of the Yvel company, said the buyer had two other requirements: that it be completed by the end of the year, and that it be the most expensive in the world. The latter condition, he said, “was the easiest to fulfill.”
He declined to identify the buyer, but said he was a Chinese businessman living in the United States.
The glittering face mask can spice up the now mandatory protective gear in public spaces in many countries. But at 270 grams (over half a pound) – nearly 100 times that of a typical surgical mask – it’s unlikely to be a practical accessory to wear.
In an interview at his factory near Jerusalem, Levy showed several pieces of the mask, covered in diamonds. A gold plate had a hole for the filter.
“Money might not buy everything, but if he can buy a really expensive COVID-19 mask and the guy wants to wear it and walk around and get attention, he should be happy with that,” Levy said.
Such an ostentatious mask could also rub some the wrong way at a time when millions of people around the world are either unemployed or suffering economically. Levy said that while he wouldn’t wear it himself, he was grateful for the opportunity.
“I’m happy that this mask has given us enough work for our employees to be able to deliver their jobs in very difficult times like these right now,” he said.