Saronti Advent- Day 10 Best Xmas Pressies EVER
The Statue of Liberty is the biggest Xmas gift ever, presented to the US in 1886 by the French, but what would make the best Xmas pressies ever?
In 1849 the 186-carat Koh-i-noor diamond was given to Queen Victoria. The diamond was cut down into 105.6 carats and today it’s set in the Queen Mother’s crown.
In 1917, the New York banker Morton Plank traded his six-story Fifth Avenue mansion for a $1 million pearl necklace from Cartier, as a gift for his young wife. The former Plank mansion, which has served as Cartier’s New York flagship store for almost a century, would today be worth hundreds of millions!
In 2003, cosmetics billionaire Leonard Lauder gave his $1.1 billion collection of Cubist masterpieces (including works by Pablo Picasso) to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, making it the largest art donation of all time.
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has bought his ex wife:
- $14 million Giacometti sculpture,
- A group of 40 paintings by Russian artist Ilya Kabakov (priced at $30-60 million each)
- Francis Bacon works ($86 million)
- Lucian Freud ($33 million).
Mughal ruler Shah Jahan spent the equivalent of $827 million in today’s money building the Taj Mahal as a gift to his favourite wife
Blimey we would be happy with a sticker book and satsuma 🙂