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Old 10th January 2010, 06:32 PM   #1
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Default World's most expensive paint.

Came across this when perusing the catalog of a supplier for museum quality restoration supplies. Just in case you just have to touch up an original Roman textile you can get genuine Tyrian purple dye for $3,900 a gram or more than $3,000,000 a liter.
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Old 10th January 2010, 06:58 PM   #2
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They just don't make purple like they used to.
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Old 10th January 2010, 07:14 PM   #3
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Sounds like a neat catalog. What company is it?

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Sounds like a neat catalog. What company is it?

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It's a German company, Kremer Pigments. The story is great 10,000 snails are used to make each gram and they still have not been able to recreate the process that the Romans used. It's also a great place to get arsenic sulphide yellow just in case nothing else will do.
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Lol that was my first thought before I clicked but I didn't want to say it.

See the thing is bright colors are not as valuable as they were in Roman times. Royalty would where bright reds, purples, yellows etc.. because it was expensive to make the dies. Now that the average t-shirt can be made with these colors for pennies the wealthy swapped fashions with the middle class and started wearing muted browns, blacks, and grays.
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It's a German company, Kremer Pigments. The story is great 10,000 snails are used to make each gram and they still have not been able to recreate the process that the Romans used. It's also a great place to get arsenic sulphide yellow just in case nothing else will do.
That sounds like a good use of a very rare species. The dye was synthesized first in 1903.

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Comparison of the organically synthesized dye with the commercial dye showed matching spectra in the infrared, Raman and visible, which also matched with published spectra of Tyrian purple. This illustrates not only the possibility of achieving nature’s molecules in the laboratory, but also obtaining dyes of analytical quality.
MMJ | Spectral Comparison of Commercial and Synthesized Tyrian Purple (page 3 of 3)

No doubt the golden eye crowd can see the difference.
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And I thought inkjet ink was expensive....

That's an amazing spectral match. I wonder how other properties match up?
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And I thought inkjet ink was expensive....

That's an amazing spectral match. I wonder how other properties match up?
Since they are the same chemical, I would expect the other properties to match up pretty well.
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Same stuff chemically? Should look the same then. No important impurities in the snail kind?
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