The word LOVE has been won in our special ebay Valentine’s auction by a Mr Gareth Brandwood, who adopted it for his Valentine Annette O’Connor. The lucky lady will have the warm glow of the word LOVE for a whole year.
Mr Brandwood said: “I thought it was a really great idea to be able to adopt a word and I liked the fact that the proceeds would go towards a charitable organisation. Once I saw the auction – I knew I had to bid. Winning it would make a really special gift for my Valentine, something unqiue that will last a lot longer than flowers and chocolates!”
We totally agree. What better way to say ‘I love you’ than to give them love itself.
Over the top?
LOVE is a bargain compared to this…
Richard Burton became infatuated with Elizabeth Taylor during their first proper screen kiss on the set of the epic movie, Cleopatra and over the next 13 years, they became the most talked about couple of the 20th century.
Boxes of chocolates were never really Burton’s gift of choice. One day, shortly after their affair began, Burton told Taylor: “I feel like buying you a present.” This present turned out to be an emerald and diamond necklace costing over $100,000.
Over the years Burton bought Taylor an Aladdin’s cave of jewellery including the 33.19-carat Krupp Diamond, the La Peregrina Pearl and a heart-shaped diamond known as the Taj-Mahal. Burton is quoted as saying, “This diamond has so many carats, it’s almost a turnip.”
But Burton wasn’t going to stop there. Perhaps his most famous gift to Taylor was 69.42-carat whopper, later to be called the Taylor-Burton Diamond.
When the diamond was put up for auction, a representative from Cartier paid the record price of $1,050,000. After losing out at the auction, Burton persuaded a representative to negotiate a deal with Cartier from a payphone in a hotel bar and was heard to say “I don’t care how much it is; go and buy it.”
Throughout the Sixties, Burton did everything within his power to show Taylor just how much he loved her. He bought her a fleet of Rolls Royces, yachts, private jets, villas, art (including Picasso, Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas and Rembrandt) furs, diamonds and the odd cocktail or two.
This may all sound impressive. But we think the word LOVE is far classier.