Lady Gaga Is Currently Moving About New York In A 24-Karat-Gold-Plated Wheelchair

Lady Gaga gold wheelchair Terry Richardson

Gaga poses for Terry Richardson in NYC

You may have noticed an absence of Lady Gaga around these here pop culture parts–apparently the singer has been recovering from hip surgery. After suffering an inflammatory joint infection called “synovitis,” Gaga was forced to cancel the rest of the Born This Way tour–and pull back from the usual deluge of wacky editorials, red carpet stunts and general eccentric behavior.

Of course, you can’t keep Lady Gaga down for long–and you certainly can’t suppress her ravenous need to court the media with all her studied weirdness.

Hence, Gaga commissioned jewelry designer Ken Borochov (of Kanye West-approved label Mordekai) to design a custom 24-karat-gold-plated wheelchair. Because of excess or something? We don’t know. It’s probably some kind of cultural commentary.

The Daily Beast spoke with Borochov about the process:

“It was a huge undertaking,” Borochov told The Daily Beast of Gaga’s commission. He created the chair using manufacturers around the country, only finishing the gold and tufted leather masterpiece (complete with a removable canopy) on Sunday evening. “It was made all over the United States, my assistant had to run around everywhere,” Borochov explained. “I make all of my things here in the US.” In fact 1.5 ounces of gold were plated onto the chair “in Dallas at a customizing car factory that does hot rods and stuff. I wanted [the wheelchair] to look like a throne.” (In fact, the designer’s publicist says, the wheelchair was gold-plated in Dallas but actually assembled in Madison, WI at Regal Roadsters.)

According to current exchange rates, that’s $2,600 in gold alone.

(Gaga posed for several photos with Terry Richardson, one of which is above. See more of the chair proper at the Daily Beast)

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    • Katrina

      And to think she could have just saved a ton of money by borrowing Larry Flint’s gold wheelchair.

    • Amanda

      She tore part of her hip & needs (or already had) surgery; part of her tour has been cancelled because of it, including the concert I was supposed to go to ):<

    • Lissa

      The money she spent on this chair could and should been donated to a veterans or children’s charity to buy them chairs or other much needed adaptive equipment. What a self – centered person she is!

      • Karen

        She donated a lot of money for different charities, so…what’s is wrong for using some in a stupid thing?

    • Maureen Kelly

      or she could have used the money to help others afford wheelchairs when they can’t themselves.. what a self indulgent waste of money she is…

    • Karen

      She donated a lot of money for different charities (Her foundation “Born this way”, UNICEF, Japan earthquake, Hurricane Sally, etc.) So…what’s is wrong for using some in a stupid thing? Is her money, not yours, haters.