As December approaches, the high streets will be brimming with the latest decorations and thousands of shoppers, all on the lookout for the best, most thoughtful gift to get their loved ones for Christmas.
However, for the rich and famous, things are a little different over the festive period, with them spending millions and in some cases billions on the latest building or piece of jewelry for their other half.
Here, we take a look at 15 of the most expensive gifts throughout history…prepared to be shocked!
1.The Bronze Sculpture of Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich; one of the wealthiest men in the world spend a stunning $14 billion on an extremely expensive gift for this now former girlfriend. Presenting her with a bronze sculpture to keep a smile on her face. Oh and if that wasn’t enough, she also landed herself a number of expensive and previous paintings totalling about $120 million.
2. RA 1 members made history
The famous Indian film RA 1; featuring Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor was a blockbuster hit throughout the world. And because of its success, Khan decided to gift a few expensive gifts to its members, which were nothing less than brand new BMW7 cars. This made history because these gifts weren’t only luxurious but it was the very first time someone had gifted something so expensive to so many people at once.
The cost of each car was close to $10 million!
3. The 19th floor at the Burj Khalifa
Known as the most famous and tallest building in Dubai, Shilpa Shetty has gifted a 19th-floor apartment from her rich husband Raj Kundra. This gift made front page news around the world, simply because it’s the most expensive building around the globe.
4. $60 million jet
The Ambani family in India are the most famous and richest individuals in the country and to prove that the wife Nita Ambani was gifted a jet that was worth almost $60 million. Full of luxuries, including a music system, kitchen, bar and bathroom; this jet had it all.
5. The star of the East
An American heiress who was also the daughter of a rich Irish immigrant received a gift worth more than $100,000 that actually made her richest woman in the world. The gift that was a diamond has also become popularly known as the “star of the east”.
6. The $85 million yacht
Anil Ambani purchased the staggering $84 million yacht for his beloved wife Tina; what else could a woman want?
7. Taylor’s diamond
Elizabeth Taylor is famously known to have received a number of extravagant gifts during her lifetime. However, it was the one that was given to her by her erstwhile husband back in 1972 that really stands out. Richard Burton gave Taylor a whopping 69.42-carat pear shaped diamond for her 40th birthday which is estimated to have cost around $1,050,000!
8. Obama gets the gift
One of the most expensive gifts given in modern day history is most definitely the one presented by King Abdullah to the American President Obama, worth a total of $300,000. The gift included items such as rare gems, gold jewelry and diamonds. Who needs a Christmas hamper?
9. The Taj Mahal
Probably the most expensive gift in the world, the magnificent piece of architecture of the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The cost was around 32 million Indian Rupees; a real symbol of love.
10. The wristwatch
A timeless piece of jewellery by Chopard, adorned with three heart shaped diamonds and a 15-carat pink diamond, this wristwatch is worth a whopping £15 million.
11. The $2.4 million mobile phone
Yes, you read that correctly. The Austrian jeweller Peter Aloisson continues to develop unique iPhone 3G Kinds Button which has been named as the world’s most expensive mobile phone. Made with quality diamond and gold to give it that added special touch.
12. The $275,000 bottle of wine
These one hundred-year-old shipwreck bottles of champagne from the Heidsieck vineyard took over 80 years to reach their destination and now sell for a shocking $275,000 EACH! After many years, they’re finally being sold to wealthy guests at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Moscow.
13. The $215,000 bottle of perfume
If you’ve stuck for a gift for your mum this Christmas, why not get your hands on this beauty? Known as British designer Clive Christian’s “Imperial Majesty”, it has recently been voted in the Guinness book of records the most expensive perfume in the world.
14. The ULTIMATE teddy bear
Costing a mere $71,500, this teddy bear is definitely not one to put in your new-borns cot. Made with sapphires and diamonds, it’s sure to stand out at the baby shower.
15. The multi-million bra
Inspired by the Angels Collection from Victoria’s Secret, this fantasy bra comes in at just $10,000; it’s a bargain if you ask us!
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