The Vuvuzela is the wind instrument of the moment. It has captured attention and split opinion around the world — some love the festive tootling and some simply loathe its monotone drone. But love it or hate it, it has undeniably become the distinctive sound of this year’s Fifa World Cup.
Now an Austrian goldsmith says he has made a €17000 (over $21,000) vuvuzela that was ordered by a Russian businessman. The Linz-based craftsman, Klemens Pointer, told that the Russian planned to give the tooter to a South African business partner for the final match of the World Cup on July 11. The luxury vuvuzela, which weighs 2 pounds and has a large diamond on its centre is covered with expensive white gold and is fully functional and just as loud as the cheaper versions.
Klemens Pointner said that the hardest part was getting hold of one (vuvuzela) as there were very few in Austria and all these had been sold out right at the start. In the end I had one especially imported from South Africa.