Incredibly expensive gifts
When love steals your minds, it makes chaos in the bank accounts. Whether expressing love, appreciation, or gratitude, this incredibly expensive gifts were offered on very different occasions, but all were noticed by the media. When it comes to gift giving, the pleasure grows exponentially, therefore our list of most expensive gifts contains from jewelry to sculptures and even buildings:
Faberge Winter Egg – $5.5 million
Faberge Winter Egg 1913 is part of a collection of 52 Faberge Easter eggs (Russian jewelled Easter Eggs), commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II to his mother and wife. Every year the Tsar had a standing order of two easter eggs, one for his mother, and one for his wife. The Winter Egg was offered to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna. In 1913 the cost of jewelry was valued at 24,700 rubles, making it the most expensive Faberge egg ever created. In 2002 The Winter Egg was sold to Qatar Emir for $ 9.6 million dollars.
Taylor-Burton Diamond: over $1 million dollars
Elizabeth Taylor had a true passion for jewelry and gemstones. The piece de resistance of Elizabeth Taylor’s collection was a diamond of 69.42 carats. The precious gift was given by Richard Burton for the 40-year anniversary of the actress. Seven years after the event, Elizabeth Taylor sold the diamond for a staggering sum of $ 5 million. Diamond value increased over time and its current price is an enigma with many zeros.
The Statue of Liberty: $530,300 dollars
The complete name of New York’s Statue of Liberty, a US symbol of freedom and democracy, is “Liberty Enlightening the World”. The monument was a gift from France for the 100 years celebration of independence of the United States. The 46.5 meters statue was designed in Paris by the famous sculptor Frederic Bartholdi. For Transoceanic transportation the lady was chopped into several pieces. In U.S., Gustave Eiffel, creator of the Paris’ Eiffel Tower, created the reinforcing of the Statue of Liberty, which in 1924 became a National American Monument. The Statue of Liberty costed $ 250,000 and the pedestal has supplemented the sum with $ 280,000. If you want to see the first small-scale model of “La Liberte eclairant le monde”, visit the Jardin du Luxemburg in Paris. The small statue was made in 1870 for the Paris Universal Exposition of 1900.
Victoria Beckham’s Himalayan Silver handbag – $129.000
Silver Himalayan purse was given to Victoria Beckham by her husband David Beckham, who bought the cluth for $129 million, the equivalent of a week at AC Milan. This wonder handbag is made from crocodile skin and is decorated with white diamonds. The collection is limited to 3 unities produces annually. Victoria Beckham’s collection of bags is evaluated at $ 3 million.
Saudi King’s gift for President Barack Obama: over $300.000
Abdullah, King of Saudi Arabia holds the record for the most expensive diplomatic gift. Beyond official courtesy, King Abdullah did not hesitated to show his ultra generosity when the American presidential family made a visit in Riyadh. The King is by far the most generous foreign leader, the super generous head of state offering the entire Obama clan jewelry and books of great value. Among the gifts Obama received from King Abdullah was a marble ornament adorned with miniature gold palm trees and camels, and a Jaeger-LeCoultre brass clock.
Beyonce’s engagement ring: $ 5 million.
Beyonce’s love takes sometimes expensive forms. But money are made, after all, to circulate. The most expensive gift in Beyonce’s collection is the $5 million engagement ring offered by Jay-Z. unfortunately, Beyonce could not wore it in public. For security reasons. Instead she came with a copy of the ring worth $5000.
Giacometti’s sculpture given by Roman Abramovich: about $14 million
Dasha Zhukova, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich’s girlfriend, is an avid art lover. With this passion in mind, it was no difficult for Abramovich to look for a special gift. Alberto Giacometti’s sculpture “Femme de Venise” cost $ 14 million. A trifle for Abramovich’s fortune.
Orlov Diamond: 400,000 Russian rubles in 1798
Orlov Diamond was named after the Count Grigory Orlov who prepared the ascension of the Empress Catherine the Great of Russia. Catherine was always generous with her best ally. To show her gratitude she decided to offer a huge diamond weighing 198.62 carats. The gem was incorporated into the royal scepter.
Kohinoor Diamond: Value never made public
Once the largest diamond in the world, Kohinoor was an object of dispute between Britain and India. When India was conquered by the British, Indian royal jewelry automatically became part of the British Crown treasury. Indians were forced to offer Kohinoor as a “gift” to Queen Victoria.
Taj Mahal India, the tomb of Princess Mumtaz: 32 million Indian rupees in 1653
Symbol of love and gratitude, the amazing Indian mausoleum (located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India) is one of the most beautiful constructions in the world. The White marble monument was erected in 1643 in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan. Mumtaz died at the birth of the couple’s 14th child. The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.