Most expensive celebrity purchases in 2011
Celebrities with their disposable income often use their fame and fortune to chase profligate hobbies and collections. They often fuel the economy by leading spendthrift lifestyles. The rich and the famous select and pick extravagant ways to splurge their dollars on. From owning the most expensive house in LA to taking a bath in a million dollar crystal bathtub, from splurging thousands of dollar on a table to investing in jewelry, rich and famous seem to have it all. Hence, below is the highlights of the opulent items that your favorite celebrities splurged on this year so far. Read on.
1. Tom Hanks buys most expensive house in LA
Price: $26 million
The well-known American actor Tom Hanks has bought LA’s most expensive house that costs a whopping $26 million. The mansion is located in the Pacific Palisade and is spread in 14,500-square feet of area. Built in 1996, the house has a contemporary architecture formerly owned by Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. With two levels, the house has 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. This house is very near to Malibu and Santa Monica.
2. Bryan Williams buys Maybach Exelero
Price: $8 million
Co-founder of Cash Money Records and famous American rapper Bryan Williams spent around $8 million to buy a Maybach Exelero. This one-of-a-kind 2011 Maybach Exelero comes with a V12 biturbo engine capable of delivering 700hp at 5,000 rpm and 1,020 Nm of maximum torque at 2,500 rpm. The car can run at a top speed of 218 mph and can go 0-60mph in only 4.4 seconds. Bryan Williams is famous for his lavish lifestyle and love for cars as the rapper already owns $1.5 million Maybach Landaulet and a red Bugatti Veyron worth $2.1 million.
3. Beyonce buys Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
Price: $ 2 Million
Last year, Beyonce splurged around $ 2 million as she gifted a Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport to her husband Jay-Z. The Music duo is known as the highest earning couple in the entire Hollywood. The 29-year-old singer gifted this car on the occasion of 41st birthday of singer husband. The super car has a mileage of 255mph and goes from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds. The rapper already owns some amazing super cars like Maybach 62S, Pagani Zonda, Rolls-Royce Phantom and Ferrari F430 Spider. Last year on Christmas, Jay-Z spent $350K at Hermes for Beyonce’s gifts that included several Birkin bags.
4. Tamara Ecclestone buys crystal bathtub
Price: $1.5 Million
Million dollar crystal bathtub made from a single piece of rock crystal found in the Amazonian rainforest was recently bought by Tamara Ecclestone who happens to be the daughter of world’s fourth richest man in Britain and Formula One racer Bernie Ecclestone. Tamara had sent a team to Amazon to collect crystals to be turned into a bathtub. She and her younger sister Petra Ecclestone are always in news for their wealthy investments.
5. Kim Kardashian buys Ferrari
The newlywed reality TV star Kim Kardashian bought a stunning white Ferrari 458 that is limited in number as only 27 such cars are available in USA. The car has see-through glass engine compartment in the rear. Kim also went ahead and got it customized by LA’s Platinum Motorsports and spent close to $80,000 on upgrades. With Agetro wheels, the car features include carbon-fiber interior and accessories.
6. Taylor Lautner buys Mercedes-Benz 2012 SLS AMG
The Twilight fame Taylor Lautner gifted himself a shining Mercedes-Benz 2012 SLS AMG that has silver-gull wing doors car. Taylor walked into an LA Mercedes-Benz dealership with his parents and bought this car that goes from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds with the maximum speed of 200 mph.
7. Lewis Hamilton buys Prince’s golden guitar
Celebrities often raise money for charity by selling off their favorite belongings and the amount they quote for that, only an uber rich can afford. One such example is pop star Prince who sold his guitar to British Formula 1 racing champion Lewis Hamilton for US $100,000. This golden Fender Stratocaster guitar was sold to support arts, education and environment as the singer commented, “We got $100,000 for that, brother Lewis Hamilton, the racing car driver… It will be hard to part with this.”
8. Sebastian Vettel buys Avalanche chopper
Formula One star Sebastian Vettel has commissioned Avalanche chopper from German master motorcycle builder Marcus Walz. The Red Bull’s driver is said to spend cool $100,000 for this. The 120bhp motorcycle is around 1.78 meters long and Marcus Walz has spent around $50,000 in the customization. Marcus Walz has also fashioned a Ferrari-inspired chopper for 2007 Formula 1 World champion Raikkonen.
9. Tinie Tempah buys Nike MAG shoes
Nike MAG shoes that were worn by the actor Michael J. Fox aka Marty McFly in the film “Back to the Future Part II” was recently bought by a British rapper Tinie Tempah. The shoes were auctioned in LA at the Montalban Theatre and the rapper, being shoes collector, instantly bid for these futuristic shoes. The shoes have glowing LEDs and an electroluminescent “Nike” in the strap. These LED and electroluminescent logo will glow for five hours in one charge. The proceeds from the shoes sale will go to Michael J. Fox Foundation to help victims of Parkinson’s disease.
10. Charlie Sheen buys Barbie football table
The famous actor and Two and a Half Men fame Charlie Sheen got himself a limited edition Bonzini Babyfoot Barbie football table that costs $25,000. He bought this table from Ritzy toy emporium. The official of the emporium says Mr. Sheen visited our store many months ago and showed serious interest in the Bonzini Babyfoot Barbie Foosball Table. At the time, he was staying across the street at the Plaza Hotel’s Eloise Suite. As was well-documented by the press, his stay was cut short due to his unexpected hospitalization and he was unable to return to the store to finalize his purchase.” Sheen was fired from the famous series Two and a Half Men and his personal life has also made headlines. Involved in reports about alcohol and drug abuse, the actor is also accused of domestic violence.
11. Justin Bieber buys Family guy necklace
Who said only women can splurge on expensive jewelry? The 17-year-old teen sensation Justin Bieber proved it wrong by splurging $25,000 on a family guy necklace. The necklace is made of 14 karat gold adorned with 12 carats of precious stones, diamonds and multicolored rubies. The Canadian singer has designed this necklace himself along with Beverly Hills jeweler Jason Arasheben who said “had a specific vision for how he wanted it to look.”