The six most outrageous credit card bills of all time

There are some people out there with so much money that it can sometimes be hard to grasp just how much they have – well, these credit card bills might help you get a handle on it. And when you’re pushing the boundaries of credit card spending to the limit, it pays to be packing the right plastic – just think of the reward points.

The world’s most expensive bottle of beer

Allsopp's Arctic Ale

How much? $503,000

Paying $304 for a bottle of beer may seem a bit much, but when eBay user collectordan spotted a full and sealed bottle of Allsop’s Arctic Ale for sale he just couldn’t resist. Primarily because the extremely rare beer was being sold with a typo in the title. The Allsop’s beer was actually an Allsopp’s beer and, as it turns out, that’s a very important distinction.

With many collectors off the scent due to the very costly mistake by the seller, collectordan snagged the bottle at a knock-down price.

The Ale, which was brewed specifically for Sir Edward Belchers Arctic Expedition of 1852, was then put back up for sale in the exact same place. Selling for a whopping $503,300. That’s a profit of $502,996.

The strangely named v00d004sc0re coughed up the half-a-million on his credit card and the rest, as they say, is history.

Roman Abramovich’s lunch bill

Abramovich Lunch

How much? $47,221

Buying two bottles of Cristal champagne might sound like a huge night out for some, but for Roman Abramovich it’s lunch. And he didn’t stop there.

In fact, on a visit to Nello’s restaurant, New York, in 2009, the Russian billionaire helped himself and his entourage to $45,000-worth of champagne, spending a relatively measly £2,221 on actual food (and a bit of whiskey too).

We can’t help but wonder what he spent on dinner, and how many rewards points he could potentially be racking up if this were to continue day after day. Although something tells us he isn’t using Airmiles to fly between London and Moscow.

A Diamond From a Mobile App

iPhone 5S Diamond

How much? $300,000

When retailer Blue Nile commissioned a smart phone app in order to help them sell jewellery, they might have looked on it as an experiment. The app, released into a market where large transactions are a rarity, may have been seen as a new way to reach customers.

So they were probably quite surprised then when one (still anonymous) buyer bought a single diamond for £300,000 on his credit card, on his phone.

Let’s hope it wasn’t accidental. Pocket dialing can get you into all sorts of trouble.

Lil’ Wayne’s Leaving Prison Party

Tryst Bill

How much? $189,375

When Lil’ Wayne came out of prison after serving eight months you’d think he might have been relieved and maybe looking for a quiet gathering with close friends in order to celebrate his release, right?

Of course not. Not while fellow rapper Drake was wielding the credit card.

After a night’s partying at the Tryst Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, Drake was issued with a bill for $189,375. Among the more notable purchases was a Methusulah of Dom Perignon – that’s six litres of bubbles – costing $25,000 alone. And that was on top of 15 regular bottles of the same.

Drake kept tight lipped about whether the money was going on his own card or that of his record labels, but either way, someone was footing a bill.

The Boston Bruinsi ice hockey team celebrate their cup win


How much? $156,679

Speaking of celebrations, when the Boston Bruins Ice Hockey team won the prestigious Stanley Cup they decided to go all out.

Although their bill might not have been as big as Drake’s, the Bruins went bigger on bottles, ordering a $100,000 30-litre Melchizedek of Armand de Brignac Champagne, which had to be held by two people in order to drink. It was one of only six in existence at the time. One player even took the time to drink some of it out of the Stanley Cup itself.

However, with the cup being the biggest championship win in the sport, we’re sure that the management of the ice hockey team were more than happy to cough up.

A Roy Lichtenstein painting at auction


How much? $2,500,000

The largest known credit card transaction of all time was made by American entrepreneur Eli Broad at an auction. Back in 1995, he splashed out on Roy Lichtenstein’s pop art painting I… I’m Sorry, bidding $2.5 million and charging it to his credit card.

Although Broad paid a huge amount, he might be one of the most credit-savvy people around. By pulling out his American Express card to cover his winning bid he earned millions of Frequent Flyer miles, which he then handed to students at the California Institute of the Arts.

His record is looking pretty safe, too, as the auction house in question, Sotheby’s, hasn’t accepted credit cards since.