Fidel Castro — the controversial former ruler of Cuba — was laid to rest on Sunday after a four-day funeral procession across the country. With tens of thousands of mourners lining the streets and a 2.6 ton granite boulder used as a crypt, the magnitude of the event seemed proportional to the legacy of the 90-year-old man it honored.
But after looking at some of the most monumental, pricey, and truly weird funerals and memorials throughout history, Castro’s giant parade may seem almost understated:
In addition to his $35,000 burial outfit, costs included a $3,682 framed photo of the singer, a $15,000 bill from the funeral designer, and -- most importantly -- a $10,800 bar tab.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Jackson's loudly cursing parrot interrupted the solemn scene of his owner's 1845 funeral. According to a friend's recollections, the bird had to be carried from the house for the service to proceed. Bay Ismoyo/Getty Images
Pope John Paul II
John Paul II's 2005 funeral services drew an estimated 3 million pilgrims to Rome, requiring 1,000 firefighters, 11,900 police officers, 400 soldiers, 4,000 medical interventions, 3 million bottles of water, and 3,600 port-a-potties.
Mourners waited in the three-mile long line for up to 24 hours in order to pay their respects. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
An estimated 100,000 fans gathered in Central Park for what became a day-long memorial. At exactly 2 p.m., the park fell silent. Henry Ray Abrams/Getty Images
Using the 40 minutes of Lee footage they already had, a number of barely passable Lee stand-ins, as well as scenes of mourners and Lee's corpse from his actual funeral, they cobbled together a full-length film.Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images
Costing approximately $11. 9 million, the 1997 ceremony featured Elton John singing a specially written version of "Candle in the Wind." That day, the People's Princess was buried on an island on her family's estate and, for the first time in history, the British flag above Buckingham Palace was flown at half-mast. Wolfgang Rattay/Getty Images
His 2004 service included a rider-less black horse carrying the president's boots turned backward, F-15 planes flying above Constitution Avenue, and a group of 1,200 soldiers responsible for transporting the body from California to D.C., and then back to California again.
The real cost with any presidential death, though, is in the national day of mourning. Officials estimate that the paid time off for government workers after Reagan's death cost the country more than $423 million.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Hunter S. Thompson
Thompson's ashes were shot into the sky from a cannon along with an impressive display of fireworks.
Watching the display, guests like Bill Murray, Lyle Lovett and Sean Penn were instructed to enjoy the sounds of ice clinking in their glasses of whiskey. Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images
When a mass of people crushed toward Moscow's Hall of Columns to view his body, an estimated 500 mourners were trampled to death. Vasily Maximov/Getty Images
Roddenberry's ashes -- along with those of well-known physicists, engineers and activists -- were launched into orbit for five years by a company which now specializes in space-funeral services. The cost of having your remains float around the planet is a surprisingly reasonable $2,995. Robyn Beck/Getty Images
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