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Hugh Hefner

The Playboy founder paid big bucks to be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to other pricey funerals. (The Independent)

10 of the most expensive funerals in history

Funerals can be a big affair, often with very expensive price tags. Some celebrities like Hugh Hefner, for example, think ahead. In 1992 the Playboy tycoon apparently purchased a $75,000 burial spot next to Marilyn Monroe, making sure that his final resting ground was just where he wanted it.

He’s not alone when it comes to a pricey sendoff, and sure a funeral can be done in a frugal way, but in these 10 cases, massive sums of money were used to support the farewell of specific leaders, celebrities and notable names.

While estimates vary, it is said that the average cost of a funeral in the United States is between $7,000 and $10,000, according to a 2015 feature from Vice. In Canada it is said cremation can cost anywhere between $600 and $4,500 depending on province.

These numbers can certainly vary based on the person in question and his or her demands upon death. A gold-encrusted coffin? Thousands of security? Having cremated remains shot out of a canon? These specifications aren’t on everyone’s list of things to do.

From a princess to a pope to a cultural heartthrob, here are a selection of people that had, shall we say, pretty extravagant bills for their funeral arrangements.