Caviar and truffles may get some people going, but when it comes to luxury that everyone can understand, few foods have the appeal of a splurge-worthy piece of beef. Steakhouses have long been associated with celebration and indulgence as a result, but some take things a step beyond the pedestrian filet mignon and porterhouse.
These are the Holy Grails of steak, coveted by red-blooded high-rollers the world over. As you take a look at the priciest cuts ever served, you'll notice the heavy skew toward Japanese Wagyu, a type of cattle renowned for its marbling and generally pampered with massages and specialized diet to yield the tastiest meat possible.
Don't deny yourself the vicarious pleasure—click through the gallery to see the world's most expensive steaks. Then go back to that humble hanger and dream of better things.