#17 Million Dollar Diamond – Richard Burton ($6M)
Richard Burton was known for his baritone voice and indelible acting skills. He is best remembered for immortalising Prince Hamlet’s character.
Being one of the highest-paid actors of his time, Burton led a king-size life that intrigued envy. He splashed a big sum on gifts, which includes a 68-carat diamond which he acquired from Cartier at an unbelievable price of $1 million (over $6 million today!).
The diamond was a gift to his then-wife, actress and philanthropist Elizabeth Taylor, who later sold this precious jewel to fund the building of a hospital.