The most expensive and lavish funeral of famous people in history
• The most expensive and lavish funeral of famous people in the history of
November 15, 1982 held Leonid Brezhnev's funeral in Red Square. As on the last farewell of his predecessors, to the magnificent procession joined by thousands of citizens. Funeral - an integral part of life, as well as many celebrities and politicians live in a big way in the last journey escorted them accordingly.
Leonid Brezhnev, who died on November 10, 1982, as well as other Soviet general secretaries, was buried with great pomp, however, the cost of such a process is not known for certain.
The whole ceremony was very richly furnished, but it was not without some oddities. As a rule, during the funeral of the Soviet leaders was made to carry the coffin with the body of the deceased velvet pillows with orders and medals, and this duty was assigned only to senior officers.
Each officer carried a cushion with one order. Brezhnev as there were more than two hundred. It was necessary to combine several awards and honorary officers escort totaled 44 people.
For three days, the secretary general's body was exhibited in the Hall of Columns, where he was visited by several hundred thousand people. Brezhnev was buried near the Kremlin wall, and at this moment for five minutes stopped the work of all enterprises and organizations of the country, for a total well cost a lot of money.
Michael Jackson was a true King of Pop, and his death, like life, has been shrouded in scandals: the singer died in 2009 from an overdose of propofol, which was to blame for his personal physician.
Jackson buried only two months after the death in "The Great Mausoleum" Hollywood cemetery Forest Lawn. Among the guests were the only relatives and close friends of the singer, but the accreditation received several hundred journalists, live millions of Americans watched the ceremony.
The broadcast was allowed only up to the point where the gilded coffin arrived in a hearse. Then, while the ceremony showed the helicopter cameras, but soon it was interrupted.
After the King of Pop was buried in a large chapel, guest went to a memorial dinner in an Italian restaurant.
Coffin artist named "Prometheus", was made of bronze and covered with 14-carat gold plating, and inside is lined with a bright blue velvet cloth. As soon as the product is 25 thousand dollars.
The whole ceremony, though, and took a half-hour, cost the relatives of the singer in an amount close to a million dollars.
James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died at age 73 of a heart attack on the background of pneumonia. Funeral of glamor and glitz lover have been furnished accordingly.
Parting with him took place in New York's theater "Apollo" in Harlem. His coffin was virtually the same as the coffin of Michael Jackson, respectively, and the price was exorbitant.
The funeral of Elvis Presley, another "king", this time rock 'n' roll in 1977 cost 23,789 dollars (more than one hundred thousand, based on the exchange rate of the day).
When the news of the singer's death appeared in newspapers, 25,000 fans over two days surrounded by his estate in Memphis.
relatives paid a lavish ceremony at the expense of the deceased, and some even managed to earn a tidy sum. Sami funeral was closed to the press, but one of the cousins of the singer Presley sold body photo in a coffin for 18 thousand dollars. A magazine with a photo on the cover purchased in the amount of 6, 5 million copies.
At the funeral policy was spent 1, 8 million dollars. And the fabulous sum was taken not only with the property of Margaret Thatcher, but also with the citizens of taxes. Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady or was British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and died in April 2013th of a stroke.
In this case, at the ceremony itself is only 400 thousand dollars was spent at St Paul's Cathedral, and the remainder went to provide security at the funeral.
Another 31 thousand dollars was sent to the ambulance service in London. It is no wonder that among the people there were numerous protests, since the Thatcher policy were satisfied, not all, but because of spending money from the budget is not all happy.
Sir Winston Churchill, the British prime minister, writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and an honorary citizen of the United States, was buried with even greater fanfare.
As Churchill played a big role in the end of World War II, his funeral in 1965, consistent with ceremonies that are performed only for the royal family.
In 1965, the organization of the funeral policy spent 258 thousand dollars, which by today's standards equivalent to 4, 2 million.
Princess Diana, Prince Charles of Wales and wife of the British favorite, and people around the world, died in 1997 in a car crash in Paris. At the lavish funeral spent 7, 7 million (11, 8 million to date).
It is not known what, but obviously quite large sums of money spent by ordinary citizens: from 1 to 8 September to Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Kensington Palace to commemorate Diana was handled 5 million bouquets of flowers with a total weight of 10 to 15 thousand tons .
6 September over one million people have witnessed the funeral procession, and the bell of Westminster Abbey beat every minute, when the coffin with the body of Diana transported on a ceremonial gun carriage cannon.
Pope John Paul II, the leader of the Catholic Church, headed it from 1978 to 2005, until his death. In his last journey accompanied with pomp.
The funeral of John Paul II cost the organizers of 11, 9 million dollars. As in the case of Thatcher, the largest item of expenditure was security, because the ceremony was attended by four kings, five queens, and 70 presidents.
The Queen Elizabeth, 101-year-old Queen Mother, died in 2002, and for its cables organized very big funeral in Westminster Abbey.
The total cost of a funeral was $ 9 million (by today's standards, this amount is equal to 12, 5 million dollars). The protection of the procession the Ministry of Defense has been allocated an amount of 462 thousand dollars, and in the police service costs have remained unknown.
After 101 strike the bell was followed by two minutes of silence, when all production was halted and even airplanes did not rise to the sky from Heathrow and Gatwick. Cover and without the expensive coffin was adorned with the crown of the British Empire with the famous diamond "Kohinoor".
John F. Kennedy, one of the most popular presidents in US history, was killed in 1963. place of burial plot at Arlington National Cemetery has been selected, the value of which amounted to $ 13 million.
Tribute to the president of the streets along the route of movement of the procession lined up about 800 thousand people. This was followed by Mass in the cathedral, followed by a procession headed to Arlington National Cemetery.
The coffin with the body of the president moved on a gun carriage, in front of which were black stallion. When the coffin was lowered into the ground, the widow Kennedy lit the eternal flame at the tomb.
The entire ceremony was broadcast three national channels, and all funeral costs amounted to $ 15 million.
Kim Jong Il, the supreme leader of North Korea during his lifetime created a cult of himself, so his death has caused mass hysteria among his entourage, and ordinary people.
So, was erected a statue of Kim Jong Il's worth $ 10 million.
As the Secretary General, it was decided to embalm, Russian specialists were involved. Their work and a special sarcophagus cost, according to media reports, a million dollars.
Ronald Reagan, a former Hollywood actor and US president from 1980 to 1988, died in 2004. Funeral ceremony cost the organizers $ 400 million.
In addition, in the United States on the day the stock market had to be closed because of the prolonged mourning, which led to huge financial losses.
The funeral of Japanese Emperor Hirohito took place in 1989 and at that time were treated in 76, 4 million dollars (139, $ 3 million at current exchange rates).
By the way, the cost of even the average funeral in Japan often exceeds the mark of 20 thousand dollars, so it is not surprising that the last farewell to top officials in the cost fabulous sums.
The funeral procession of the Emperor were 70 cars. They, along with support services spent $ 24 million.
Another $ 22 million spent on the construction of the pavilion in the park Sidnzyuku-Guéhenno for funeral rites over the body of Hirohito, in which 225 people participated.
General Secretary Joseph Stalin, died of a brain hemorrhage March 5, 1953 at 21:50, and the next day leader's body was put in the Hall of Columns for a three-day farewell.
In the procession was attended by over two million people, and in the crush at the Pipe Square killed up to two thousand people. March 9 Stalin's embalmed body was placed in the mausoleum.
The most expensive funeral in history, if rely on the data history books have been arranged for Alexander the Great. According to some reports, the cost to date would have amounted to more than 600 million dollars
Sarcophagus of pure gold, a golden chariot and a new road specially designed from Persia to Egypt - a few spending on last farewell to the great Emperor-general.