We all know that money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy some pretty extravagant gifts. So, whether it’s romance, friendship or a new arrival that you’re celebrating, take a look at these incredibly excessive gifts given throughout history. And don’t worry if you can’t afford anything this impressive, a bunch of beautiful flowers will still do the trick.
1. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Many believe that the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar II, built the enormous Hanging Gardens for his Median wife, Amytis, who missed the lush green valleys and hills of her homeland. If only we all had a King to help us overcome homesickness.
2. Imperial Fabergé Egg
While these decorative eggs have long been associated with wealth, the most famous Fabergé was gifted as an act of pure romance. Russian Tsar Alexander III, ordered the bespoke jewelled Easter egg for his wife, as a 20th anniversary gift. The decorative piece has since become one of the most iconic (and expensive) gifts in history.
3. A Heart-Shaped Island
Actress Angelina Jolie acquired a lush heart-shaped island for husband, Brad Pitt’s, 50th birthday. The 11-acre island sits 50 miles off the coast of New York and has a heli-pad along with two homes designed by renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
4. The Burton-Taylor Diamond
Richard Burton showered his love Elizabeth Taylor with hundreds of gifts over the course of their many passionate but tempestuous romances. However, the 69.42-carat pear-shaped African diamond he gifted her in 1972 for her 40th birthday was by far the most famous. After they had divorced, she sold it and used the money to build a hospital in Botswana.
5. Trip to Space
Thinking outside the box, Katy Perry presented then-beau Russell Brand with a spot on Virgin Galactic’s maiden voyage for his 35th birthday. The trip, worth about $200,000, will see Brand travel 365,000ft into space before shooting back down to earth.
6. Camels (and gold, and horses, and spices….)
When the Queen of Sheba visited King Solomon, she took with her an abundance of camels, as well as horses, gold and spices as gifts. In return, and as a thank you for travelling 1,500 miles, Solomon presented Sheba with a beautiful palace apartment, silks, linens, tapestries, sweets and beautiful dresses. Unwilling to stop there, on each day of her stay, he sent her cattle, sheep, flour, goats and chickens.
7. Art Collection
Roman Abramovich, one of the world’s wealthiest men, is said to have gifted the $14 million bronze sculpture, Femme de Venise, to girlfriend. But the Russian businessman didn’t stop there, reportedly buying her paintings by Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon for $120 million.
8. A Vineyard
While some of us would be overjoyed with an exquisite bottle of grape, David Beckham took things one (giant) step further and purchased a vineyard, in Napa Valley for his wife. The gift was estimated to cost several million dollars.
9. Luxury Pad
Billionaire Raj Kundra, gifted wife and Bollywood star, Shilpa Shetty a luxurious apartment on the 19th floor in the tallest building in the world for their first anniversary.
10. A Piece of Tech History
An apple mouse might not sound like the greatest gift ever. Ones signed by tech titans Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak on the other hand are pretty cool. So, we think Kanye West would have been impressed when he was presented with this piece of tech history, which Kim Kardashian gifted him in honour of Father’s Day.
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