Despite the glaring differences, celebrities are pretty much just like us. They eat, they sleep, and they impulse buy all sorts of things late at night after one too many glasses of wine. The real difference is that while you might be using your tax return to buy a new iPhone, they’re buying a gold iPhone that costs $32,000 more than yours. Just because they can! Some famous people just can't control their credit cars, making extravagant and ridiculous purchases left and right, that’s why we put this list together of the craziest celebrity impulse buys. What are the most insane things celebrities buy?
Maybe smartphones aren’t your thing. Maybe you’re the kind of person who closes down the local pub on payday. But has an evening at the bar ever cost you $200,000? If you're the Miami Heat it has! Or maybe you like the look of diamonds and love to treat yourself to some cubic zirconia every now and then, until the day you can afford the real thing? Well, Akon bought a diamond mine! What a thing to own!
On this list you’ll find celebrity purchases that are off the chain, super duper crazy, and border on legitimate insanity. When the most normal thing on the list is a mattress that costs more than we spend on rent in a year, you know these Hollywood celebs are spending money like it's going out of style. That better be the best nights sleep anyone’s ever had or there will be a riot.
Whether or not you think the purchases on this list are cool, stupid, all out crazy bones, or a flagrant show of wealth by rich celebrities that seems irresponsible when so many people live below the poverty line, there’s something for everyone here.
In 2000 The Telegraph reported that Elton John was "spending mad" while working with former manager John Reid. He bought drugs, he partied, and he bought a lot of flowers.
In a court case against his former manager that began in the late '90s, it came out that he spent £293,000 at a florist in less than two years. Of the price tag, Elton John said, "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."
To make her dogs feel at homem actress/model Rachel Hunter dropped a walloping $15k on a dog house for her two pooches. Forbes reports that Hunter purchases the house from Le Petit Maison, a company that specializes in building homes for pets that resemble miniature versions of their owner's homes. If 15K sounds like a lot of money, keep in mind that Le Petit Maison's creations can cost as much as $50,000.
In what might be the story of the century, Nic Cage outbid Leonardo DiCaprio on a dinosaur skull in 2013. The skull cost $276,000, and even though it was reported to be a stolen artifact the actor kept it in one of his residences for nearly a decade before returning the item to the Mongolian government. There was likely no reimbursement on the skull aside from good karma.
In 1989, at the height of her fame, Kim Basinger came up with the totally 100% normal idea of buying a town and turning it into a tourist attraction. There's no exact cost for the price of buying a town, but the New York Times reports that Basinger bought 1,751 acres of the 2,000-acre town for $20 million from a group of "investors." A few years later she was filing for bankruptcy and sold the town at a large loss.