Many of us take something to the grave, whether it’s a secret or a prized possession.
Here are a few famous people, and what they are buried with:
Roald Dahl (1916 - 1990)
The well-loved British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter was buried with something he celebrated in his work – chocolate. In Boy, his 1984, Dahl wrote that one of his happiest memories involved the newly invented candy bars that Cadbury send to his boarding school occasionally, asking the children to rate them. His fantasies about working in a chocolate factory became the inspiration for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Dahl was also buried with a bottle of Burgundy, snooker cues, pencils and a power saw.
Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926)
Houdini was buried in the coffin he used in his underwater act. It was a specially designed solid bronze model with a hermetically sealed inner liner.
He was buried with his head resting on a packet of letters from his beloved mother, Cecilia Weiss, whose death in 1913 was a huge shock to him.
John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963)
The 35th President of the United States collected pieces of whale bone and ivory, which were engraved with pictures and designs. These are known as scrimshaw. He was buried with a 24 cm long whale tooth, engraved with the presidential seal by the scrimshaw artist Milton Delano. Other items include letters from his wife and two children and a pair of gold cufflinks.
Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998)
He referred to it as the “nectar of the gods”, and the American singer was buried with a bottle of his favourite Jack Daniel’s whiskey, a pack of Camel cigarettes, a Zippo lighter, and a dollar’s worth of dimes. The dimes were reportedly in case he needed to use a payphone.
Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
The pop artist and filmmaker really loved wearing perfume, and was buried with a bottle by Estee Lauder. He once confessed, “Sometimes at parties I slip away to the bathroom just to see what colognes they’ve got. I never look at anything else—I don’t snoop—but I’m compulsive about seeing if there’s some obscure perfume I haven't tried yet, or a good old favourite I haven’t smelled in a long time. If I see something interesting, I can't stop myself from pouring it on. But then for the rest of the evening, I’m paranoid that the host or hostess will get a whiff of me and notice that I smell like somebody-they-know.”
Today, his name is on seven different fragrances.
Bob Marley (1945 - 1981)
The reggae artist was buried with his red Gibson Les Paul guitar, a soccer ball, a Bible and some marijuana.
Britney Spears (1981 – )
She’s still around, but the princess of pop once said about her Chihuahau Lucky, “You know how the Pharaohs used to get buried with things they loved? I want to do that with Lucky. She should be laid to rest with me when the time comes.”
SOURCES: smithsonianmag.com, mandatory.com, houstonpress.com