New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire stop-and-frisk advocate who systemically faked riding the subway, plans to install a $13,300 copper bathtub in his Upper East Side townhouse. Agence France-Presse recently spoke with the coppersmith in northwest France whom Bloomberg personally commissioned to fabricate the metal vessel:

Skilled craftsmen in Normandy (northern France) spent 250 hours making the luxury tub to the billionaire businessman's exact specification, according to Etienne Dulin, the owner of the 200-year-old Atelier du Cuivre (Copper Workshop) in the town of Villedieu-les-Poeles.

Here is a copper bathtub, for some context:

Just imagine. Shhhh. Imagine. Imagine him soaking in it.

Dulin added (presumably in lilting French): “These days, those who have money are looking for ways to distinguish themselves from the crowd and we are virtually alone in the world in being able to deliver this kind of quality.”

(He also said a copper tub “kills bacteria,” in case you wanted to specifically contemplate the fact of the mayor steeping his privates in a dilute solution of copper.)

Don’t you see the signs? Virtually alone. A personal copper bathtub. And Mayor Mike himself, staring down the end of his elongated tenure. Maybe this is Bloomberg’s way of saying he’s feeling a bit lonely.

[AP, Flickr user Ta7za]