A gift is a token of a relationship, which means when you reject a gift, the offer of extended relationship is also rejected. Today, some people are often satisfied with simple gifts and acts of appreciation. However, for the rich and famous, things are usually different, with them spending millions or billions to buy the most expensive gifts.
Take a look at the top 10 most expensive gifts throughout history and prepare to be shocked!
The Orlov Diamond
Estimated Price: Php 326,000 (in 1798)
Catherine the Great has always given Count Grigory Orlov countless expensive gifts. One day Count Grigory Orlov decided it was time to show his gratitude by giving the empress a huge diamond. It was a blue-green diamond, half the size of a pigeon’s egg and weighed 198.62 carats. Catherine the Great named it The Orlov and was later made as a centerpiece of the Imperial Scepter.
Estimated Price: P53 million
Richard Burton lost out on a 69.42-carat pear-shaped diamond at an auction in 1969. The next day, he bought it from the winner, Cartier, and gave it to his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, for her 40th birthday. After their divorce in 1978, Taylor sold the diamond and donated the proceeds to build a hospital in Botswana.
Cartier Pearl Necklace
Estimated Price: Php 53 million (in 1917)
In 1917, New York banker Morton Plank traded his six-story Fifth Avenue mansion for a $1 million Cartier pearl necklace, as a gift for his young wife, Maisie Plant. A few years later, cultured pearls made their way into the market which caused prices to crash, and the necklace was sold for just $150,000 after Mrs. Plank’s death in 1956. The former Plank mansion is now Cartier’s New York flagship store for almost a century, which is worth hundreds of millions today.
Star of the East
Estimated Price: over Php 583 million
In 1908, Thomas Walsh bought a 94.80-carat, Star of the East diamond from Cartier Paris as a wedding present for his daughter Evalyn. Three years later, Washington Post heir Edward Beale McLean, Evalyn’s husband, bought her the 45.52-carat Hope Diamond. The necklace belonged to Sultan Abd al-Hamid and is a 94.80-carat pear-shaped diamond, mounted on a chain below a hexagonal emerald of 34 carats and a pearl of 32 grains. She often wore the two together, sometimes placing the Hope on her pet Great Dane’s collar during parties.
Walking Man I
Estimated Price: Php 742million
Roman Abramovich, one of the richest men in the world, gave the “Walking Man I” as a gift to his girlfriend as a way to show his love since she is an art lover. Aside from this sculpture, she also received some of the highly regarded paintings and other gifts worth $120 million.
Estimated Price: Php 807 million
Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of the Sikh Empire, presented Queen Victoria with the 186-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond in 1849. Prince Albert,
Victoria’s consort, had it cut down to a more brilliant 105.6 carats three years later because of dullness. Today it’s set in the Queen Mother’s crown and is a highlight of the British Crown Jewels.
A-319 Luxury Jet
Estimated Price: Php 3 billion
Another one of the most expensive gifts ever given is an A-319 luxury jet that Mukesh Ambani gave to his wife, Nita, on her 44th birthday. The jet plane has a bar, music systems, boardroom, bathrooms, a living room, and bedrooms, which is valued at 4 billion Russian Rupees and has a capacity of 180 passengers.
Billion Dollar Wedding
Estimated Price: P4.4 billion
Mikhail Gutseriev, a Russian billionaire, spent an estimated $1 billion on his son Said’s wedding in 2016. The wedding was a lavish multi-day, multi-city affair which also featured performances by Jennifer Lopez, Sting and Enrique Iglesias. Moreover, the bride also wore a $1 million Elie Saab couture wedding gown.
Estimated Price: Php 4.4 billion
The Taj Mahal was built between 1631 and 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and was dedicated to Jahan’s favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died during childbirth. It is one of the most famous buildings in the world. Taj Mahal was completed with a workforce of 20,000 workers and is one of the most beautiful places in India.
Estimated Price: P4.4 billion
In 2008, Indian billionaire Anil Ambani gave his wife Tina Ambani a 34-metre superyacht as a gift. The yatch, called as Tian, was named using the first two letters of Tina and Anil. It is said to be one of the costliest yatch in the present. Nonetheless, the price of Tian is said to be more than double the standard million-per-metre cost of most of the superyachts.