Please note that I am not implying disrespect for the worth of a human; the father is a stupid and abusive character. I'm just curious on a scientific level, and it's an interesting and worthy look at what the human body is made of.
Elemental abundances and total masses in the human body are from Wikipedia; I also borrowed some of the code for the table. Costs are from Chemicool; bulk costs unless only pure cost is given.
Only elements with nonzero cost are given, plus a few prominent ones; the whole list is about three times longer, but most of the trace elements are present in such small concentrations that they're just about worthless.
|Element||Percent of Mass||Mass (kg)||Cost per kg||Cost|
And the grand total is...... approximately 840 dollars, over half that for the calcium and phosphorus which are tricky to get in pure amounts.
It's interesting that gold, at $47,000 per kilogram (depending on market prices), is worth a penny despite there being only 0.2 mg in the human body. (The few atoms of radium, despite a value of 2.8 million dollars an ounce, still cost about one billionth of a penny).