Every woman dreams of being swept off her feet by a tall, dark, handsome stranger — and preferably a rich one.
Wouldn’t Valentine’s Day be so much lovelier if that dream came true? Glittering jewels, designer handbags, gem-encrusted lingerie… having a billionaire boyfriend would give the most romantic day of the year a little bit more sparkle.
The average British man spends £50 on his sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.
But just imagine that instead of being greeted tomorrow with a bunch of droopy roses and a hastily scribbled card, you’re treated to gifts fit for an A-lister. David Beckham once gave his wife Victoria a £5.5 million Bulgari necklace, while Angelina Jolie bought Brad Pitt a 200-year-old olive tree worth £12,000 to plant in the grounds of their French chateau.
Here, SARAH RAINEY has compiled a guide to the opulent gifts Mr Moneybags could buy you, if he were your Valentine. A girl can always dream…
There the £6.9 million Royal Fantasy Bra, covered in 4,200 diamonds, rubies and yellow sapphires (above)
You won’t find billionaires traipsing round the underwear section of John Lewis — they buy their loved one’s lingerie at Victoria’s Secret.
The American brand’s ‘fantasy’ bras are the most opulent in the world, worn by supermodels from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to Cara Delevingne.
Topping the list is the £10.4 million Red Hot Fantasy Bra, made from red satin and encrusted with 1,300 gemstones.
There’s also the £8.7 million Sexy Splendour Fantasy Bra, boasting 2,900 diamonds, and the £6.9 million Royal Fantasy Bra, covered in 4,200 diamonds, rubies and yellow sapphires.
They are so valuable they come with two bodyguards and you have to put them on wearing gloves. Whoever said romance was dead?
1,000 GIANT 5FT BLOOMS
Arena Flowers is offering a £9,000 bunch of 1,000 specially cultivated 5ft-tall blooms, which have been grown in the Ecuadorian mountains
Forget cliched carnations from the petrol station, those with money to burn prefer something much more unique.
Traditionalists, of course, can stick to good old-fashioned red roses. Arena Flowers is offering a £9,000 bunch of 1,000 specially cultivated 5ft-tall blooms, which have been grown in the Ecuadorian mountains.
Arena’s Will Wynne says that they’re perfect for ‘a high-flyer, a well-heeled gent or a massive show-off’.
If your beloved has a taste for the exotic, there’s the Shenzhen Nongke orchid, worth £138,700, a yellow flower that blossoms only once every five years, or the rare Gold of Kinabalu orchid, which grows exclusively in the Kanabula National Park in Malaysia. A dozen will set you back £23,360.
It took Wolverhampton florist David Austin 15 years and £3 million to create the Juliet rose, which made its debut at the 2006 Chelsea Flower Show.
But your man’s budget doesn’t have to quite stretch to that — he can treat you to a £65 hand- tied bunch of the delicate dusky pink roses.
Gargantua chocolates, by Kazakh company The Ross Limited, are the world’s most expensive, costing an eye-watering £9,700 for just six
The lady may love Milk Tray — but not when her man can afford a box of something far more luxurious.
Gargantua chocolates, by Kazakh company The Ross Limited, are the world’s most expensive, costing an eye-watering £9,700 for just six.
Of course, the chocolates themselves are pretty special, each created in a different geometric shape and encrusted with gold, but you’re really paying for the box, made of pure volcanic glass. Another mouth-watering option is La Madeline au Truffle, an extravagant delicacy made from dark chocolate, truffle oil and vanilla.
At its centre is a French Perigord truffle, one of the finest in the world. Made by Danish chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt, it costs £3,960 per kilogram.
He can’t go wrong with a wardrobe staple, such as the 24-carat gold Fendi Peekaboo bag, which costs £24,900 and is covered in python skin
He can’t go wrong with a wardrobe staple, such as the 24-carat gold Fendi Peekaboo bag, which costs £24,900 and is covered in python skin.
Or for the discerning fashionista, there’s the Hermes Birkin bag, the most expensive of which, made from albino crocodile skin, costs £128,000.
He’ll think nothing of spending £200,000 on a pair of real-life Cinderella shoes, the Princess Constellation stilettos, made by Birmingham designer Christopher Shellis, which are encrusted with 1,290 diamonds and made from 18-carat gold.
They come with a 1,000-year guarantee — so keep the receipt in case you have a change of heart.
The Swarovski Crystallised Amphora from the New York fragrance shop Bond No 9, costs £2,427 for a one-litre bottl
At £149,000 for a 500ml bottle, the world’s most expensive perfume —No 1 Imperial Majesty by London perfumer Clive Christian — is pricier than liquid gold. But he’ll want you to smell good, and this rose, jasmine and cinnamon-scented cologne, which takes six months to perfect, will do the trick.
If that seems steep, the Swarovski Crystallised Amphora from the New York fragrance shop Bond No 9, costs £2,427 for a one-litre bottle. It’s a bargain, really.
There’s no risk of an M&S Dine-in-for-£20 deal or a trip to the local Italian if your other half is loaded.
Oh no, he’ll treat you to the world’s most expensive Valentine’s menu, created by Michelin-starred Buckinghamshire chef Adam Simmonds, which costs £61,000, plus £31,000 for wine.
You and your beloved can feed each other £6,000 white oysters and £3,000 beluga caviar, served on £2,000 Flora Danica porcelain and washed down with a £3,600 magnum of Salon Blanc de Blancs wine.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, he might splash out on the most lavish dessert in the world — the £17,320 ‘Frrrozen Haute Chocolate’ from New York’s Serendipity 3 restaurant. Served in a crystal goblet ringed with an 18-carat gold and diamond bracelet, it contains rare African cocoa and truffles.
TEDDY WITH A DIAMOND
A 4.5ft teddy bear might not be top of your Valentine’s wish list, but the man with more money than sense can afford to buy you one anyway.
The Big Hunka Love Diamond Bear, made in the U.S., costs £20,800 and comes with a 5.9 carat diamond ring.
‘He’s stuffed with more than enough love to last a lifetime,’ say the makers.
If oversized teddies aren’t your thing, how about the Steiff Louis Vuitton bear?
Last sold at an auction in 2000, it’s covered in monograms of the fashion house and will set your man back a hefty £1.45 million.
The Big Hunka Love Diamond Bear, made in the U.S., costs £20,800 and comes with a 5.9 carat diamond ring
£60,000 ON YOUR WRIST
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like diamonds, especially if your other half can afford a rock.
Tiffany’s Jean Schlumberger gold, diamond and cultured pearl bracelet is one of the most expensive on the market.
Dating from 1964, the impressive piece, bearing a gold spray of berries made from black and white pearls and platinum leaves set with diamonds, costs £59,334. The ‘ruffle cuff’ bracelet from Hollywood jeweller Neil Lane would make a perfect Valentine’s gift.
For £173,478, the wearer can drape their wrist in 50-carat diamonds set on a platinum band.
Or if he really wants to push the boat out, he could go down on one knee with the £6.58 million blue diamond engagement ring by jeweller-to-the-stars Bulgari.
Better hope that she says yes…
Tiffany’s Jean Schlumberger gold, diamond and cultured pearl bracelet is one of the most expensive on the market
Toast your love with the world’s most expensive champagne (left), the Gout de Diamants, worth an astonishing £1.2 million.
The bespoke tipple, produced in a French vineyard and bottled in London’s Knightsbridge, has a white gold label set with a flawless white diamond and engraved with the owner’s name.
Vintage connoisseurs may prefer to shower their beloved in a six-litre Methuselah of 1996 Dom Perignon in rose gold.
There are only 35 bottles in existence of this special sparkler, and getting your hands on one would cost £34,000.
Rich men don’t shop at Hallmark — instead, they woo you with a romantic message in a ‘Be My Valentine’ card from Miami-based Gilded Age.
The hand-painted, personalised cards are inlaid with gold and presented in a silk box — yours to present with a flourish for £2,400.
And he can pour his heart onto the page using the world’s most expensive pen, the Graf Von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year.
The latest model, costing £3,300, has an 18-carat gold nib, platinum body and is adorned with semi-precious gems quartz and serpentines — perfect for penning a soppy poem.
The hand-painted, personalised cards are inlaid with gold and presented in a silk box — yours to present with a flourish for £2,400
A homemade CD or the latest Adele album simply won’t cut it if you’re a billionaire.
Instead of buying you a recording of your favourite artist, he can treat you to a live show in your own home.
Forget tickets to your favourite play; he can book the whole theatre – for £36,600, you’ll get a private showing of Romeo And Juliet, starring War And Peace actress Lily James, at London’s Garrick Theatre
Have Beyonce repeat her Super Bowl performance in your living room for £1.3 million or get romantic crooner Michael Buble to serenade you for £346,900.
And forget tickets to your favourite play; he can book the whole theatre. For upwards of £218,830, have the Royal Opera House to yourselves for love story La Traviata, or for £36,600 get a private showing of Romeo And Juliet, starring War And Peace actress Lily James, at London’s Garrick Theatre.
It’s hard to beat a Valentine’s mini-break — but Mr Moneybags won’t just take you to a castle; he’ll buy you one.
Set up home in a £1.96 million, six-bedroom abode in romantic Siena, Italy, which dates from the 12th century and has its own lookout tower and chapel.
Or you could escape to a private atoll for the ultimate getaway — seven nights on Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the Caribbean cost £16,900 per couple.
If you’d rather a sumptuous suite, the five-bedroom penthouse atop The Mark hotel in Manhattan is the world’s most expensive, costing £48,250 a night. The bathroom has its own infinity pool and there’s a 2,400sq ft terrace.
And why fly economy when he can buy you a private jet (an Aerion AS2, perhaps, for £77 million) or a superyacht (such as the £25 million 170ft Resilience) to cruise there in style?
…AND SOME EYE-WATERINGLY EXPENSIVE TREATS FORM HIM, TOO
Gadget geeks will love the latest speakers from high-end Danish company Bang & Olufsen, sold at Selfridges for £53,990
For £664,000, he can have his very own desktop cigar humidor. The Imperiali Geneve Emperador Cigar Chest holds 24 luxury cigars wrapped in gold
Kit him out for a mini-break with a £33,200 travel bag, made from brown alligator skin, by upmarket Italian label Domenico Vacca
Keep him looking chic with a pair of Tom Ford bespoke leather shoes, covered in 14,000 diamonds. At £1.38 million, they cost more than a top-of-the-range Ferrari
He’ll never be late for a date with a £385,250 timepiece on his wrist. The Co-Axial Chronograph from British watchmaker George Daniel is one of the most exclusive in the world