Top 10 Ridiculous Celebrity Spending
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Top 10 Ridiculous Celebrity Spending
Talk about flashing your wealth! Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Ridiculously Expensive Celebrity Purchases.
For this list, we’re looking at celebs and other famous individuals that have reportedly spent insane amounts of money on a single purchase or outing. Note that the estimated prices are given in USD.
#10: Lady Gaga
$45,000+ Ghost Detector
Singer and actress Lady Gaga has always come off as a little…different. So we can’t say we were all that surprised to hear that in 2010 she spent almost $50,000 on a ghost detection machine. The technical term for the device is electromagnetic field meter; and ghost hunters use them to find objects that are emitting electrical charges. Supposedly this is an effective way to figure out whether a ghost is in the vicinity. Hopefully it works and Gaga is able to tour with peace of mind now that she is equipped to accurately determine whether or not she is in the presence of a spirit.
#9: Victoria Beckham
When most people need a new phone they call up their service provider and hope that they are due for a free upgrade. Victoria Beckham however, is not most people. The former Spice Girl spent an estimated $33,000 for a gold plated iPhone, which was first spotted by the tabloids back in 2011. The phone, which does a number of innovative things like making phone calls and sending text messages, was designed by Stuart Hughes and reportedly contains 150 grams of 24-carat gold. Dropping your phone is bad enough without it costing a small fortune. Hopefully Beckham spent a little extra on the purchase and got herself a solid case.
#8: Brad Pitt
When you’re one of the most sought after leading men in Hollywood, it’s safe to say you probably have a little cash to throw around. For Brad Pitt, this apparently means shelling out close to a million dollars to purchase a painting by German artist Neo Rauch. The painting in question is called “Etappe” and depicts a man in a formula one race car driving past two men clutching what looks like multi colored hoses or a spool of twine… so yeah, art. Of course, the piece is one of many purchased by Pitt and ex-wife Angelina Jolie during the course of their marriage.
#7: Paris Hilton
$325,000 Dog House
For socialite and hotel heiress Paris Hilton, spending money has never been a problem. However, even by her standards, this purchase is a jaw-dropper. In 2009 Hilton reportedly paid $325,000 to build a two-story miniature mansion for her dogs. The home, which is fully furnished and comes with air conditioning, heating, and a chandelier, also features a closet loaded with different outfits for her pups. While Hilton has been known to live a life of luxury, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars just so her dogs can live like royalty too feels a little excessive. Looking at the micro-mansion… we also suspect she overpaid.
#6: Kim Kardashian
$750,000+ Gold-Plated Toilets
Socialite and reality TV star Kim Kardashian has been flaunting her expensive taste and extreme wealth for years, but this just might be her most insane purchase to date. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star went all out when furnishing her new home back in 2013, allegedly spending a ridiculous $767,000 on four gold plated toilets. These things better be able to cure a wide variety of ailments simultaneously, because for that amount, a toilet should be able to do a lot more than just flush away excrement. Either way, spending a fortune on toilets seems extreme even for Mr. and Mrs. West.
#5: Tamara Ecclestone
$1.5 Million Bathtub
Model, socialite and daughter of British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, Tamara is no stranger to the finer things in life. However, this purchase is more than a little extravagant. Ecclestone reportedly paid $1.5 million in 2011 for a crystal bathtub. This included the travel costs for those gathering the crystal, the cost of building and installing the tub as well as reinforcing the bathroom floor in order to accommodate its weight. In order to make this purchase worthwhile, Ecclestone is going to have to spend a lot of time soaking in the tub. But based on her willingness to indulge in such a luxury item however, something tells us that won’t be a problem.
$50,000 at a Strip Club
If you’re one of the hottest rappers in the game, it stands to reason that you should have a little cash to blow. In Drake’s case, a little cash apparently amounts to $50,000; and blowing it means making it rain at a North Carolina strip club. The Canadian artist threw so much cash in the air that it began to carpet the floor! Drake may have “started from the bottom,” but he has clearly moved into a higher tax bracket since. How else can you explain dropping what amounts to the cost of a new car on the floor of a strip club?
$100,000 Gold Leggings
Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z are without a doubt music royalty. Between the two of them they are worth over a billion dollars as of 2017, which makes purchasing extravagant items a breeze. How else can you explain Beyoncé shelling out $100,000 for a pair of gold leggings? The singer wore them during a live performance at the 2007 BET Awards. We don’t know much about gold, but we can only imagine that those bad boys weighed a ton! It’s hard to fathom where you go after wearing leggings made of gold, but if anyone can think of something better, it’s Queen B.
#2: Donald Trump
$100 Million Jet
Businessman, reality star, President of the United States…Donald Trump is a man with a colorful resume. With so much media attention however, it becomes easy to forget the little things… like the ridiculously expensive jet he bought back in 2011. The plane cost him a whopping $100 million but apparently didn’t come with enough…panache. So Trump decided to deck it out in the one thing that is sure to make you feel rich…gold. The jet is now equipped with a number of 24 karat gold finishings, including seat belt buckles, bathroom fixtures and more.
Before we unveil our top pick, here is an honorable mention:
- Sean Combs $360,000 Maybach for His 16-year-old Son
#1: Nicolas Cage
$276,000 Dinosaur Skull
Taking the top spot on our list is a man who needs no introduction, as Mr. Cage’s oddities are the stuff of legend. However, his 2007 purchase of a 67-million-year-old dino skull is definitely up there alongside some of his strangest decisions. Cage outbid Leonardo DiCaprio for the Tyrannosaurus bataar fossil, in a move that ended up costing him a small fortune. Unfortunately this story doesn’t come with a funny, or even happy ending, as it was later discovered that the paleontologist who sold the skull to Cage had in fact stolen it from Mongolia, so the actor was forced to give it back. It would have made one hell of a conversation piece though.