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Famous People Who Were Buried With Quirky and Heartwarming Mementos

Updated October 23, 2020 144.5k views15 items

Throughout history, people have been buried with their valuables and most cherished possessions. From Queen Victoria to the ancient Egyptians, many requests - or the items loved ones added to their caskets - include important mementos from an individuals life and legacy. Guitars, writing utensils, costumes, cigars, even a whale tooth; these objects reflect something about the celebrity's personality or interests - no matter how quirky.  

While many famous people go for flashy tombstones to mark their passage into the next life, sometimes what's inside the grave itself proves more interesting than its marker. 

  • Hungarian actor Bela Lugosi, an international star of stage and screen, ran away at 11 and fell in love with acting soon after. He made a name for himself starring in Shakespearean plays before transitioning to silent movies, and was most known and loved for his starring role in the 1931 film Dracula

    Lugosi passed in 1956 and was buried in a Dracula costume - complete with a replica cape. The real one was given to Lugosi's son. In 2011, his family decided to sell it as part of a Hollywood memorabilia auction. The starting price of $1.2 million might have been too much, however, because the cape didn't sell.

    • Birthplace: Lugos, Austria-Hungary
    • Gender: Male
  • Photo: Hulton Deutsch/Contributor / Corbis Historical/Getty Images

    Legendary singer Frank Sinatra passed in 1998. Raised by a tavern owner, he reportedly loved Jack Daniel's so much that he took a bottle of it with him to the grave. He was also buried with a roll of dimes to "call his friends" and a pack of Camel cigarettes.

    Whiskey enthusiasts still talk about Sinatra's choice of drink, and many believe the story still contributes to sales of Jack Daniel's.

    • Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
    • Gender: Male
  • Photo: Featureflash / Shutterstock

    Elizabeth Taylor captivated Hollywood for decades, with both her screen performances and love life. She was married eight times during her life, and two of those marriages were to the same man - Richard Burton. They married in 1964, then divorced in 1974, repeating the cycle in 1975 and 1976. Taylor went on to marry politician John Warner.

    Burton always had a place in his heart for Taylor, though. He wrote her one last love letter three days before his passing in 1984, and she kept it by her bedside until the end. Taylor never told biographers specifically what was in the message and was buried with it when she passed in 2011.

    She did, however, share the gist of the letter. According to Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century, by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger:

     In it, he told her what he wanted. Home was where Elizabeth was, and he wanted to come home.

    • Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom
    • Gender: Female
  • Andy Warhol was a man of many accomplishments - and odd collecting habits. For years, he kept partially used bottles of perfume and hygiene products as a smell time capsule: he believed the scents could take him momentarily back in time to the period he wore them.

    Although Warhol wasn't buried with any of the perfumes from his collection, a friend tossed a bottle of Estée Lauder Beautiful into his grave during his burial. The same friend also threw in several copies of Interview magazine, which Warhol founded. 

    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Gender: Male