7 Super Splurges of the Rich and Famous

By Damian Davila on 18 May 2017 0 comments

Celebrities have money to spend, and boy do some of them spend it. There are a select few, including Winona Ryder, Tobey Maguire, and Kristen Bell, who are well known for their frugal habits. Others, not so much.

But when you're bringing in six-figure paychecks, you're entitled to treat yourself a bit more often. Here are some of the most extravagant indulgences from the rich and famous. (See also: 5 Smart Money Lessons From Celebrities)

1. Blue Ivy's custom Barbie

Since she was first introduced back in 1959, Barbie has been among the most popular toys for kids around the world. With an endless collection of accessories, dresses, vehicles, and homes, parents could spend a fortune on building a Barbie collection. However, very few could outdo Beyoncé with her custom-designed, diamond-encrusted Barbie worth $80,000 that she gave her daughter Blue Ivy on her first birthday.

2. Ashton Kutcher's art book

The former star of That '70s Show and Two and a Half Men is known for his interest in venture capitalism, entrepreneurship, and investing. Having so many streams of income allows Kutcher to splurge on gifts. Back when he was married to actress Demi Moore, he spent $1,900 on a limited edition book of Africa photos by photographer and artist Peter Beard. Worth roughly $3.80 per page, that's one book you definitely wouldn't don't want to lose.

3. Lady GaGa's EMF detectors

After playing a menacing vampire for FX's American Horror Story: Hotel, wearing dresses and bikinis made out of raw meat, and jumping several feet into a football stadium for the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Lady Gaga seems pretty fearless. However, it turns out that the singer of "Bad Romance" believes in paranormal activity, has confessed to having spiritual visions, and wants to always be safe from spirits wherever she goes. That's why several sources report that she spent an estimated $40,000 in state-of-the-art Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detectors, which her team allegedly uses to check for paranormal activity backstage at concert venues.

4. Bono's favorite hat

Several studies have reported that at least half of online shoppers abandon their carts after discovering what the applicable shipping charges will be. U2 frontman Bono probably wouldn't even flinch because he paid more than $1,000 to have his signature black trilby flown from London to Italy. To be fair, he probably cashed in several times that amount with his performance with opera tenor Pavarotti in Modena. Then again, the hat flew in a first-class seat in the cockpit next to the captain.

5. Madonna's Kabbalah water

Not to be outdone by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé's daughter, Madonna spent $10,000 per month on specially blessed Kabbalah water back in 2008, according to InTouch Weekly. Madonna's water really puts to shame the bottled water we simple peasants can get at a Costco vending machine for only a quarter. The Material Girl is such a fan of the specially blessed H2O that she once wanted a swimming pool filled with it.

6. Daniel Radcliffe's special mattress

British actor Daniel Radcliffe made over $300,000 at age 11 as Harry Potter in the first two films in the series. That's way more most of us will make in a year as adults. So, how does a young man splurge with that type of cash? Apparently, the boy who lived dropped some serious cash on a $17,000 custom-made Savoir mattress. Money, evanesco!

7. Nicolas Cage's dinosaur skull

Without a doubt, the king of this list is actor Nicolas Cage. From albino king cobras, to exotic cars, to islands, there seems to be no object out of reach for the prolific film star. Still, no purchase is as eccentric as the $276,000 that Cage spent on a Tyrannosaurus bataar skull in March 2007.

Did this purchase work out for him? On the one hand, he outbid fellow Hollywood movie star Leonardo DiCaprio for the skull. On the other, the bragging rights only lasted eight years, as he had to return the dinosaur skull to the Mongolian government after authorities determined the seller had stolen the fossil. While Cage wasn't found guilty of any wrongdoing, he's still $276,000 short.

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