Gold bugs piled on, the price of the metal soared and pretty soon everyone wanted a piece of the action.
The price briefly topped $1,800 an ounce, though it has pulled back recently.
The problem, though, is how exactly you should own gold. Gold stocks and funds like SPDR Gold Shares, GLD aren't all that much fun. Gold bars can be a hassle, too, since you have to pay to store and insure them.
Are there other ways to jump into the gold frenzy? Oh, yes. From a solid gold toilet to a pencil-sized pistol, there are dozens of "investments" made of gold that are a lot more intriguing than a boring pile of bricks.
Following are nine of the oddest ways to own gold:
Bling details. The 24-carat lavatory was created to attract shoppers to a jeweler's "Hall of Gold," which also features a golden palace and statues, Agence France-Presse reports. 24-carat gold toilet + $5.8 million, 24-carat gold is pure gold
Trivia: Did you know the U.S. government owns one of the world's most expensive toilets? world's most expensive toilet international space station $19 million,
Bling details. The pencil-pistol was made in 1948 by the late Maharaja of Jodhpur as a present for the last Viceroy of India, Technabob reports. The pencil's tip comes off, revealing a 2 3/4-inch barrel. lord mountbatten gold pencil-pistol + auction price,
Trivia: Remember the most expensive pistol ever sold? Get the price. 1847 Colt Walker pistol + record high price + $920,000,
Bling details. The bathtub, which debuted in Tokyo last year, is covered with 10-millimeter tiles of 24-carat white gold. Inax also makes a gold-plated toilet with a unique feature. inax gold plated toilet with digital sound system + photos, +inax gold bathtub $100,000,
Bling details. The company GoldCoin.net created a 24-karat gold coin to celebrate the over-the-top wedding of reality-TV star Kim Kardashian and basketball star Kris Humphries. The best part? The coin has the following inscription: "Together forever . . . Only time will tell." Kim Kardashian wedding gold coin value+ $2,200,
Trivia: By comparison, what was the price for the royal wedding coin for Prince William and Kate Middleton. 2011 royal wedding gold coin + $3,250,
Bling details. It took five people more than four months to plate the G37 coupe with gold, the Xinhua News Agency reported. While the crowds loved the sparkly vehicle, it was reportedly blocking traffic and was parked on the street with no license plates, so police had it towed.
What's it worth? There wasn't a price tag on the gold-plated Infiniti, but check out the cost of this gold-plated luxury vehicle. Gold-plated rolls royce + $8 million,
Trivia: Check out the massive record price paid for a vintage Bugatti coupe. Bugatti coupe sets record price + $30 million,
Bling details. Hughes used 53 diamonds to create the Apple logo, and made the casing and screen frame from a single piece of 22-carat gold. Hughes made only 10 versions of this iPad. Gold iPad + $200,000,
Bling details. It's about the size of a real copier and has parts made of aluminum, glass and plastic.
What's it worth? We don't know the designer's price, but we can say it is an inconvenient way to own gold.
Bling details. Engraved with phoenixes and dragons, each bra weighed about 2 pounds. Golden publicity stunt in Changsha + $614,000,
Trivia: The world's most expensive panty-and-bra set is a Victoria's Secret product encrusted with precious jewels and worth millions. How much? See photos of supermodel Gisele modeling the set. victorias secret Red Hot Fantasy $15 million,
Bling details: Japanese gold company Ginza Tanaka unveiled the 850-gram mug as part of its "summer cool" collection. Ginza Tanaka (read about its diamond handbag) also offers golden sake and wine glasses at $30 a gram, in case you want to avoid that golden beer belly. 850- grams how much is that, Ginza Tanaka + diamond handbag, gold beer mug $50,000,
Trivia: Need a pricey beer to fill that extravagant mug? The world's most expensive beer will set you back a lot more than Bud Light. Vielle Bon Secours + ale +most expensive beer,