For some reason, collecting cars tends to be a more popular hobby among the rich and famous than collecting stamps or seashells. But some particularly self-manic celebrities have taken the art of car collecting to a new level. Here is a breakdown of some of the most expensive car collections from the rich and famous.
Fashion tycoon Ralph Lauren has one of the world's most famous car collections, with an estimated value of about $ 350 million. That's a reflection not only of the quantity (though there's little chance Ralph will run out of cars any time soon), but also of incredible quality, with a 1938 Bugatti 57SC Atlantic Coupe (one of four manufactured), a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, a 1995 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe, and not one but five 1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadsters, just a few of the automotive works of art located in their spacious garage. Lauren is almost as famous for her car collection as hers for her fashion empire, and in 2011 she brought some of her best cars to the Paris Museum of Decorative Arts for an exhibition:
Of all the famous car collectors, Jay Leno is probably the one who has spent the most time in his garage, he even got a television show, correctly titled Jay Leno's Garage. Jay's interest in cars turns eccentric and historical, with items like two Double steam cars, a surviving Duesenberg Model X, one of nine surviving Chrysler Turbine Turvivine cars, and two cars that were once owned by Howard. Hughes. The collection is estimated to be worth up to $ 150 million, and one of the most expensive cars in its stable is a $ 12 million Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren. Here's a tour of his collection that Jay gave CNN in 2016:
Jay Leno's former nighttime rival David Letterman hasn't turned his car collection into a pillar of his public persona like Leno has, but he does have a pretty impressive collection of his own. Highlights of its car fleet include a 1956 Porsche 356 1500 GS Carrera, a 1955 Jaguar XK 140, and $ 2.7 million, a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO That's the most valuable car Letterman owns.
There must be something about the comedy gene that also leads one to obsessively collect cars, because Jerry Seinfeld is another comic who has made that one of his life's works. It is known for having one of the largest Porsche collections in the world. He owns so many that a few years ago he auctioned off a full list of 15 of them for a total of $ 22 million, and he has a $ 1.4 million garage on Manhattan's Upper West Side specifically to store a portion of his collection on the East Coast. He owns a rainbow of 10 Porsche Boxsters, a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder with the same gray color as the one that actor James Dean drove when he died, and one of the 339 Porsche 959 he ever built, which according to a source is "the "" centerpiece of your collection.
Floyd "Money" Mayweather proves that you don't have to be a comedian to have a collection of world-class cars. Mayweather's car fleet is reportedly at least 100 and includes a Bentley Mulsanne, a Rolls Royce Drophead and Rolls Royce Phantom, several Ferrari, a Lamborghini Aventador, and many, many more, and he reportedly likes to pay cash. Here is a video from a few years ago of Mayweather showing some of them:
Soccer legend David Beckham is another professional athlete who has invested a lot of money and effort in assembling an impressive collection of cars. Highlights include a Bentley Bentayga, a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe (with an estimated value of around $ 400,000), a McLaren MP4-12C Spider, and even some collectible motorcycles.