Breaking the Bank: 29+ Most Expensive Celeb Purchases

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| LAST UPDATE 06/06/2023

By Malikah Mcintosh

They say money can't buy happiness, but some celebrities prove otherwise. From a private jet worth millions to a toilet seat bejeweled in sapphires, here are a few unbelievably expensive purchases made by celebs.

Bono

We all know that feeling you get when you leave something behind. Not everyone is willing to purchase a plane ticket for it, but that's exactly what U2 frontman Bono did when he left his hat on a plane.

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While traveling to Italy, the singer forgot his hat in London. So, what did he do? He bought a plane ticket just for his hat, plus a taxi fare for when it arrived in Italy. The total trip cost him $1,500. We have to give our hats off to Bono for the loyalty he has to his headgear!

Paris Hilton

The hotel heiress has made a career of her lavish and opulent lifestyle. However, this expensive purchase is more absurd than the rest. Paris Hilton built her pups their own micro-mansion, and she dropped $325,000 on the 300-square-foot home, complete with a balcony.

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Hilton spared no expense. The dog mansion has air conditioning, heating, a black chandelier, a staircase, and plenty of beds for the dogs to lay around on. The space was decorated by interior designer Faye Resnick and filled with designer furniture. Being man's best friend has its perks!

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Nicolas Cage

Actor Nicolas Cage was basically Indiana Jones with this Jurassic purchase. He won a dinosaur skull in an auction against Leonardo DiCaprio nonetheless. The skull cost him a roaring $276,000. However, some things are too good to be true, even for movie stars.

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The National Treasure actor explained to The Hollywood Reporter, "I bought it at a legitimate auction and found out it was illegally abducted from Mongolia, and then I had to give it back. Of course, it should be awarded to its country of origin. But who knew? Plus, I never got my money back. So that stank."

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Celine Dion

Celebrities, they're just like us! They go grocery shopping, take care of their families, and go to work every day. However, if you are Celine Dion, your day may look slightly different than the rest of us. During her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace, the singer had one expensive request.

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According to MSN, Dion had Caesars Palace install a specific humidifier to "preserve her singing voice in the harsh desert climate." What was the price tag? A whopping $2 million. Okay, so maybe celebrities aren't just like us. Keep scrolling to see what other outrageously expensive purchases stars have made.

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Tom Cruise

A man will do anything for the woman he loves, and if you happen to be one of the biggest movie stars in the world, well, everything is at your fingertips. At the height of the 2000s, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were the "It Couple." Remember when he jumped up on Oprah's couch?

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The Mission Impossible star also showered the Dawson's Creek actress with gifts. He spent $20 million on a private jet as a wedding gift, and when she was pregnant with their daughter, Suri, Cruise bought Holmes a personal sonogram machine at their home for $200,000. 

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Ashton Kutcher

To infinity and beyond! Ashton Kutcher was ready to travel to the final frontier and further when he dropped $200,000 on a plane ticket to space. Kutcher nabbed a seat when Richard Branson announced his Virgin Galactic flight into outer space. However, he never makes it into space.

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In an interview with Cheddar News, Kutcher revealed, "When I got married and had kids, my wife basically encouraged that it was not a smart family decision to be heading into space when we have young children, so I ended up selling my ticket back to Virgin Galactic."

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Justin Bieber

The YouTube sensation turned popstar decided to have some fun with his millions. Justin Bieber asked the experts at West Coast Customs to upgrade his car to none other than the Batmobile. Led by Ryan Friedlinghaus from Pimp My Ride, the team completely transformed Bieber's Cadillac CTS-V.

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The upgraded and supped-up vehicle has bat symbols, suicide doors, HID headlamps, and "Batmobile" written on the back. The transformation cost the Baby singer $100,000. We're not being jokers about this. Bruce Wayne may have a bone to pick with Bieber.

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Angelina Jolie

All's fair in love, war, and gift-giving. When Bragelina was the thing, these two celebs showed that their love knew no bounds. Angelina Jolie reportedly spent $1.6 million on a helicopter for her love, Brad Pitt. Not only that, but she also bought flying lessons.

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A source told The Sun, "They've had a helicopter pad installed in the grounds of their south of France home, Chateau Miraval. So Ange thought it would be nice to buy Brad a helicopter as a surprise present. In particular, they would like to be able to fly to and from Cannes." 

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Tyrese Gibson

While attending GQ's Men of the Year party, actor and singer Tyrese Gibson shocked the world with this revelation. An Entertainment Tonight reporter asked Gibson, "What's the most lavish or over-the-top gift you've given or received?" The Fast and the Furious actor didn't even hesitate.

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"Well, I just bought my daughter an island," Gibson responded. He continued to explain, "Can't say [where]. She knows all about it and the island is called Love Island." It's unknown how much he spent, but we can guess it was a pretty high price tag. How will Gibson ever top that extravagant gift?

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Courteney Cox

These friends are there for each other no matter what! It doesn't matter if it hasn't been their day, week, month, or year. The same goes for Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston. They always support each other, and Cox proved that when she gave her friend an extra special gift.

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The Scream actress spent $12,000 on a Chanel bicycle for her former Friends castmate when Aniston decided to take up bike riding. Where can we get a best friend like that?! Now Aniston can ride around in style. These besties are definitely not on a break.

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Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian holds nothing back when it comes to her children. Her daughter, North, is a huge Michael Jackson fan. So, what does Kim K do? She goes above and beyond. Kardashian went to an auction and won two pieces from Michael Jackson's collection for her firstborn.

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Kardashian purchased Jackson's famous white hat for the Smooth Criminal music video and a black jacket with intricate detailing that the late singer wore out with Elizabeth Taylor for an unknown sum. North wore the hat for Halloween, and it still has some of Jackson's makeup left on it. Wow!

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Jay-Z

Being the wealthiest rapper in the world definitely has its perks, like high-profile properties, private jets, and more. Jay-Z's net worth is estimated to be around $2.5 billion. That's stacks on stacks of dough. So, what's a man to do with all that extra cash? Get into horseracing, of course.

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The rapper's love for horses is well-known, as he's been seen attending races and even invested in a racing company called Marcy Venture Partners. Per Empire Sports, the rapper spent over $55 million on a horse named California Chrome, a champion who won the Kentucky Derby. Jay-Z is not horsing around.

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Elton John

Sir Elton Hercules John has always had a flair for the dramatics. Known for his outrageous costumes while performing, it is no wonder that the Rocket Man singer ended up on this list. However, we were shocked at what got him here. It wasn't the typical private jet, lavish home, or expensive sports car.

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Elton John spent over $400,000 on flowers for his home. When he spoke to the British High Court in a lawsuit with his accounts, he stated, "I like flowers. I don't have any people to leave my money to. I'm a single man. I like to spend money. It's my money to spend."

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Kendall Jenner

Keeping up with Kendall Jenner will be hard on this extremely expensive purchase. The reality star-turned-model spent $52,000 on a sofa. It's not like most sofas, though. The famous Brazilian Campana brothers, known for their unique furniture pieces, designed this sofa for Edra.

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On Edra's website, the piece was described as "a large woven nest. A soft embrace. An invitation to explore different positions lying between its pillows." The sofa consists of tons of knots and has a purple and blue hue to it. Jenner exclaimed on her blog about the purchase, "It works perfectly in the space!"

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Mike Tyson

The heavyweight champion also has a few heavyweight purchases under his belt, including three white Bengal tigers. The wild cats reportedly cost over $70,000 each, which doesn't include all the upkeep involved. The cats were named Kenya, Storm, and Boris, and they lived with him in his Las Vegas mansion.

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As the cats grew bigger, Tyson donated two of them. However, he kept Kenya, which grew to be around 400 pounds. Tyson and the tiger were featured in the hit 2009 comedy The Hangover. Eventually, Tyson also had to part ways with Kenya. He told GQ, "I had to get rid of her when her eyes and her head got bad."

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Akon

Not only are diamonds a girl's best friend, but they also seem to be rapper Akon's. The I Wanna Love You rapper purchased a diamond mine in South Africa for an unknown amount of money. We can only imagine how many zeroes there were at the end of this price tag.

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While trends may come and go, John Barry once famously sang, "Diamonds are forever. They are all I need to please me." We can imagine that Akon has similar thoughts at night when he goes to sleep. What other crazy expensive purchases have celebrities made? Let's keep scrolling!

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Steven Spielberg

If you are a film fan, you know who Steven Spielberg is. He has directed some of the biggest hits in history, like Jaws, Jurassic Park, and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. If you are a true film fan, then you'll know why this auction purchase cost Spielberg a pretty penny.

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In the 1980s, Spielberg spent around $60,000 on the prop Rosebud sled from Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. However, he recently donated the iconic piece of film history to the newly established Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Spielberg told BBC Radio 1, "...I think it really belongs in a museum so everybody can see it."

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Kelly Rowland

When your best friend has a baby, it is only natural to spoil the new one with gifts, right?! But if you are Kelly Rowland, a simple onesie or stuffed animal won't cut it. The Destiny's Child singer gave her former bandmate Beyoncé's firstborn with a one-of-a-kind gift.

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Rowland bought Blue Ivy a pink Swarovski-crystal studded bathtub. The baby-sized tub is made of porcelain and covered in 44,928 crystals. The Lori Gardner-designed piece cost Aunt Kelly $5,200. We hope that Rowland paid her "bills, bills, bills" for this one.

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David Beckham

The former soccer star David Beckham made this expensive purchase for his wife, Victoria Beckham. He gifted Posh Spice an iPhone, but this wasn't any regular old iPhone. This phone was gold-plated and reportedly cost Beckham $33,000. Anything for his wife!

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This is not the first time that David Beckham has gone all out for a gift, as he previously gave his wife a Bulgari necklace worth $8 million and reportedly spent over $250,000 on her 40th birthday party. We can't help but admire their dedication to extravagance in the name of love!

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Bill Gates

Bill Gates tends to keep things pretty low-key for being a billionaire. He has pledged to give away a majority of his wealth to philanthropy and doesn't roll around in a flashy Lamborghini. However, Gates has made one big-ticket purchase that landed him on this list. For $30.8 million, he bought a notebook.

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This isn't any ordinary notebook, though. It was the Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci. The book features the renowned painter's sketches, writings, and architectural designs. This is one of the most expensive books ever sold and a major splurge for the otherwise discreet Microsoft co-founder.

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George Lucas

George Lucas spared no expense when he purchased the Skywalker Ranch in California. He paid $100 million for the deed to the property. However, this purchase is not the reason the Star Wars director made it on this list. It is what he installed afterward on the property that got him here.

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Lucas installed a fire department on the property for an unknown amount. The Skywalker Ranch Fire Brigade reportedly has 12 full-time firefighters and fire trucks. It turns out that it was worth the investment, too. The firefighters put out a fire on the property in 2013.

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Ben Affleck

The saying goes that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but they never said anything about the way to a woman's. Ben Affleck found his own way. During his first go-around with Jennifer Lopez in the early 00s, Affleck reportedly bought J.Lo a jewel-encrusted toilet seat worth $105,000.

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The seat was said to be covered in sapphires, rubies, pearls, and a diamond, per a source who told The National Enquirer. Talk about bedazzling! It doesn't matter what rocks she's got or if they are on her toilet seat. She's still Jenny from the block.

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James Righton

Many stars drop thousands on diamonds, private airplanes, designer bags, and more for their significant others. However, others are more low-key in their gift-giving. Klaxons band member James Righton gifted an olive tree to his bride, Pride and Prejudice actress Keira Knightley. The 100-year-old tree cost $4,500.

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For an even more romantic touch, the couple's initials were engraved into the tree. While it may not be as expensive or over-the-top as a helicopter or a 15-carat ring, thousands on a tree is still a purchase only a celeb could make. The tree resides on Knightley's $3 million French farmhouse.

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Kanye West

When rapper Kanye West married Kim Kardashian, it was the event of the year. Guests were flown to Florence, Italy, for the nuptials. Andrea Bocelli sang as Kardashian walked down the aisle. Anybody who was anybody was here, and in classic Kimye fashion, his gift to her was over-the-top but with extra ketchup on the side.

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West reportedly bought his new bride ten branches of Burger King chains all over Europe and the United Kingdom for an unknown amount. Kanye's gift would make Kardashian a reality star, business owner, lawyer, AND Burger King franchisee. Bible. This is an amazing gift.

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Sara Blakely

Sara Blakely is the founder of Spanx. She came up with the idea for Spanx when she was displeased with how uncomfortable the tights she was required to wear for work were. Flash forward to now, Blakely has a net worth of $1.2 billion, per Forbes. This means she has some extra money to spend.

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So, when the opportunity to bid on her childhood idol's famous pants came up, she had to attend the auction. Blakely bid $162,500 for the iconic black pants that Olivia Newton-John wore in the last scene of Grease. Blakely wrote on Instagram, "They are now framed hanging on the wall at Spanx."

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Drake

Toronto native Drake is all about living life to the max. After all, you only live once. The rapper let Architectural Digest tour his Toronto mansion. The house has many extravagant features, like an indoor basketball court, an indoor swimming pool, and a crystal chandelier. But it's his mattress that landed him on this list.

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He owns a $400,000 custom-made mattress built by the Swedish bed-maker, Hästens. Per Complex, it took approximately 600 hours to make Drake's mattress, and it weighs almost half a ton. What makes it so expensive? It's made from natural materials, like horse hair and wool, and is meant to last up to 100 years. 

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Beyoncé

No one does it quite like Queen Bey. The Crazy in Love singer has been at the top of the game for decades now, and just like her husband, who is also on this list, she has made some expensive purchases. One time Beyoncé spent $100,000 on a pair of pants.

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The pants in question were gold Balenciaga leggings that were straight from the runway, according to IGEW. Bey flaunted her fabulous pair of pants at the BET Awards. She matched with a matching gold bra. Where can we get our hands on this kind of outfit?!

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Lady Gaga

It doesn't matter how rich or talented you are, celebrities are humans, too. They have wants, needs, and fears, and if you are like Lady Gaga, you will do anything to face your fears. The Bad Romance singer spent a reported $50,000 on a ghost detector machine.

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Lady Gaga felt a spirit was following her on her Monster Ball tour, so she purchased the machine to help scan the area, per The Fader. A source told Evening Standard, "She believes in paranormal activity and won't take any risks when she is on the road. It's important to her to be safe from spirits." 

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James Cameron

This next Titanic-sized purchase made our jaws drop. Avatar and Titanic director James Cameron spent around $20 million buying a walnut farm in New Zealand. Plus, the acquisition also came with 25 acres of land. Now, he can add another role to his already long and accomplished resume - walnut farmer.

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According to the Huffington Post, the acclaimed director was given the land in exchange for agreeing to continue operating the farm. It may sound strange, but it actually makes complete sense looking at his past. The director used to spend summers on his grandfather's farm in Canada.

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Kim Basinger

This celebrity wasn't interested in just being a real estate guru. Kim Basinger, known for her roles in films like Batman, 8 Mile, and Never Say Never Again, bought an entire town. Yes, you read that correctly! The actress purchased around 200 acres of the small town of Braselton.

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Basinger acquired the land for $20 million in 1989, hoping to make it a tourist attraction with movie studios and a film festival. However, the outrageous purchase proved to be just that. Only five years later, Basinger had to sell the land due to some financial issues she was having. It was probably the talk of the town.

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