Gifts are always special and even more special when they are thoughtful. Gifts are usually a token of love, affection, and appreciation. At times, however, gifts are exceedingly expensive, mostly when someone has got piles of cash stashed up in the bank account. They even make headlines! Here is a list of top 10 exceedingly expensive gifts ever given.
10. Bronze sculpture of Roman Abramovich:
Fortunate is the girl who received a bronze sculpture worth $14 billion. She happened to be girl friend of one of the richest persons in the world, Roman Abramovich. In addition, he gifted her with valuable paintings and other gifts that accounted for a total of $120 million. The whole episode created new debate on the news channels worldwide during the time.
9. Ra 1 gifts:
Shahrukh Khan starrer Ra 1 could not amass huge numbers at the box office but King Khan made sure that five members of his core team are gifted brand new BMW7 series Sedan cars. It is considered by far as one of the most royal and surely expensive & generous presents ever given away to so many people at the same time. Each car was worth around Rs 10 million!
8. 19th floor at the Burj Khalifa:
What more can a wife possibly can ask from her husband than an apartment in her name in the tallest building in the world! Well, may be wives can, but must have kept her quite for a long time to come (no pun intended). It was Raj Kundra, prominent business magnate in the UK who gifted an apartment on the 19th floor of the tallest building to his wife, Bollywood diva Shilpa Shetty in Burj Khalifa in Dubai and attracted numerous eyeballs during the time.
7. $60 million Jet:
Very rarely does one receive something like a luxury airbus (or we should say, a jet plane) on birthday. It was dream come true for Nita Ambani, when one of the richest men in the world – her husband, Mukesh Ambani gifted her a jet plane worth $60 million on her 44th birthday. He could waited for a half century, may be? The jet plane had all the luxuries including but not limited to bar room, music systems, boardroom, bathrooms, bedrooms and what not.
6. Star of the East:
An American heiress who was also daughter of a rich Irish immigrant received a gift that made headlines for quite some time in the newspapers of the country on the eve of her marriage. She was married to a guy who happened to be son of a big business tycoon in the publishing world. The gift was a diamond – worth $100,000 – and popularly known as the “Star of the East.”
5. $84 million Yatch:
When Anil Ambani purchased $84 million Yatch for his wife Tina, the long served example of Shah Jahan-Mumtaz Mahal got redefined for the modern world. What more could a wife ask for than such an extravagant gift from her husband? The gift was pegged as one of the costliest in the recent times and considering the huge poor population in the country like India, it looked vulgar too. But, after all, it’s their money, right?
4. The Kohinoor:
Though, the controversies run amass and there is no clear proof of this particular gift but it is a surety that Raja Duleep Singh himself presented British Monarch (Queen Elizabeth) the Kohinoor diamond in as a gift or token of respect. It is till date considered as the costliest diamond present on earth and forms one of the most important parts of British crown. It costs anywhere between £10bn and £12.7bn at the moment. Indians want it back but who’s going to return such an expensive gift, no?
3. Taylor’s diamond:
Elizabeth Taylor is known to have received numerous precious gifts in her lifetime. However, one of the gifts presented to her by her erstwhile husband in 1972 stands out from all others. Richard Burton gifted Taylor a 69.42 carat pear shaped diamond on her 40th birthday and it was estimated to be around $1,050,000 in worth at that time. That was 40 years ago!
2 King Abdullah’s gift to Obama:
One of the most expensive gifts in the modern history, King Abdullah bestowed a total of $300,000 on the Obama family. The gifted items included rare gems, gold jewellery, diamonds and other valuable items. What an amazing gift basket! The gift was talked about for many days in the American media. Why wouldn’t they?
1. Taj Mahal:
Nothing can ever beat one of the magnificent architectures ever built by someone, named Taj Mahal. It is believed that Shah Jahan, a famous Mughal ruler constructed this masterpiece in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The whole complex was completed in 22 long years with a workforce of 20,000 workers. The cost involved was around 32 million Indian Rupees and undoubtedly a huge sum during the time. A symbol of love – a gift to a deceased wife as people know, it had to be at no. 1 in the list of exceedingly expensive gifts ever given!