You may consider it strange but it's perfectly normal for celebrities to insure their body parts and voices among other things for exorbitant amounts. Just how exorbitant are we talking? Read guest contributor Ed's post to find out!
It may be considered a bizarre phenomenon, but the insuring of people's body parts has been going on for years. Even as far back as the 1940's, when Hollywood starlet Bette Davis insured her waist for thousand of dollars in order to ensure she didn't lose money from gaining weight, celebrities have been taking out policies to safeguard their earnings. Indeed, perhaps all that has really changed over the decades are the number of policies now being issued, not to mention the large sums of money involved. Many will no doubt recall footballer Christiano Ronaldo who recently had his goal scoring legs insured for a cool 4 million!
So let's take a look at the some of the more expensive and unusual lengths today's celebrities will go to in order to ensure their bodies don't lose their earning power.
1. Keith Richards
Reported to have insured his middle finger for £6 million, Rolling Stone's Keith Richards took out this insurance to ensure that if his guitar playing finger seized up due to arthritis during one of his many performances, he would be protected from damages.
Could high living and constant strumming since the early 60's have finally taken its toll on the famous guitarist? Fans will surely hope this isn't the case, for in spite of what Richards stands to gain financially, his trademark riffs and chords (and yes, his middle finger too!) would sorely be missed.