Crafted in 1911, the car recently went under the hammer in August 2011 and fetched over ₤400,000. At the time of his death in 1940, the maharaja was one of the world’s wealthiest men and was valued at nearly ₤35 billion.
Nawab of Junagarh was said to have owned 800 dogs, each with its individual human attendant.
And that’s not all! When two of his favourite dogs mated, he is said to have spent nearly Rs. 20-30 lakhs in “wedding” celebrations, and also went on to proclaim the day as a state holiday.
The diamond is of the size of an ostrich egg, weighs 184.97 carats, is valued at over ₤5million and is currently owned by the Government of India.
It is said that the king was insulted by a Rolls Royce salesman on his visit to London because of which he decided to buy and use the luxury cars as garbage trucks! That’s one hell of a way to prove a point. And, of course, he did stop the ordeal but only after Rolls Royce tendered an official apology.
The creation that emerged is the world famous Patiala necklace that still remains one of the grandest pieces of jewelry ever made by Cartier, perhaps even by any other jewelry brand.
The gate of the Lalbagh Palace in Indore was crafted in London and then was shipped all the way to Indore.
An avid traveller, Jagjit Singh owned over 60 large Louis Vuitton trunks that would hold his clothes, paraphernalia, swords, turbans, suits, shoes and elaborate traditional dresses.
Spread over 10,000 square yards, the Wankaner House, was built in the 1930s. It was sold for Rs. 18 crores ($ 4 million) in 1957 to the American government as the royal family was not able to maintain such a big property and there was huge tax due.
Another property, Amar Building on Firozsha Mehta Road in Bombay, also belonged to the Wanaker royals. It was sold for Rs. 19 crores ($ 4.2 million) to the Government of India and now houses the foreign exchange department of the Reserve Bank of India.
The vessels were made from 14,000 melted silver coins without soldering and are officially recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest sterling silver vessels.