Whether you’re a professional pool player or an intermediate/amateur, you probably realize the value of a high-quality cue in upping your game. Not just any cue will do. It must be the ideal weight, properly balanced and made of premium materials that will help to absorb the shock when the tip comes into contact with the balls. We took a look a the most expensive pool cues available on the market right now and we were able to identify the five highest priced that you could own today.
5. Balabushka Cues SLE2 B – $1,399.00
The fifth most expensive pool cue that is available for sale today is the Balabushka brand SLE2B. This cue is a limited edition production that pays tribute to George Balabushka, one of the most influential cue makers who ever lived. This cue is made with cryptic indicators that allude to the years 1957 and 1975 with each die in an alternating pattern between the five and the seven. These were notable years in George’s career.
4. McDermott Pool Cue M29B – Bridgeport McDermott – $1,875.00
The McDermott M29B Pool cue is manufactured in America. This premium pool cue is made with a birdseye maple handle and brass rings. It features 6 cocobolo/white urethane points, 5 sets of turquoise and white urethane sleeve inlays, turquoise, cocobolo and white urethane web with a no wrap handle and an i-2 shaft. The cue plays with a firm and solid hit and weight changes can be adjusted in increments of ounces.
3. J. Pechauer Camelot II CAM12-Manchester – $2,200.00
The Pechauer CAM 12-Manchester cue is made of ebony wood that is figured with leopard wood and ebony along with simulated pearl and ivory inlays for an attractive and classy aesthetic. Matching inlays have been embedded into the wood of the handle to give this cue an extra special appearance. The shaft measures 13mm and features a matching inlay. The taper is pro-style 12.5 inches and thee joint piloted 5/16-14 thread in quick release styling. The tip is medium emerald layered.
2. Mike Bender Smithsonian Edition #1 of 3 Custom Cue – $60,000.00
The Mike Bender Smithsonian Edition is only one of these three custom cues made and it is for sale on the market currently. The third in the collection is the property of a wealthy collector who is not likely to advertise it for sale in the near future. The second is a part of the Smithsonian’s collection of the rarest cues in the world, and that example is not likely to ever be put on the market for sale. The first cue in the collection, however, is for sale, and it comes with an asking price of $60,000 on an eBay auction.
1. The Intimidator Masterpiece Cue – $150,000.00
What would you be willing to pay just to own the most expensive pool cue in the world? The price tag on this one is a whopping $150,000. The Intimidator Masterpiece Cue is a true work of art that is also usable to play the game, but why would you? This ornate piece is truly a one of a kind and you won’t find another anywhere in the world just like it. This highly prestigious cue took a total of 1,992 man hours to craft. The artisans began with a piece of solid stainless steel that weighed 82 pounds. By the time that they were finished with the refinement of the metal and the artwork, and after a year’s time had passed, the total weight of the cue was nine and a half pounds. One of the features that sets the cue apart from all others is the Genuine Italian Obsidian gemstone sphere that’s located at the base. The total length from the obsidian sphere to the leather tip is 63 inches. It is completely hand etched, hand machined and hand engraved and these processes took a total of 1,862 hours to complete. The artists were precise with their work to ensure that the finished product did not possess a single flaw. The wingspan of the large blade is nine inches with the smaller blades measuring thirteen inches and the larger blades being 48 inches.
Thee cue is cut with deep relief carving, French grey scroll engraving and it is inlaid with gold. The cue consists of 46 individual parts, made of stainless steel with the inlays made from genuine Italian Obsidian and 24 karat gold. There are more than 112 precious metal inlays on the handle and more than 210 separate inlays in total.