In the contents business, we’ve seen a wide variety of claims – from your run-of-the-mill items like iPods, computers and engagement rings to more interesting things like antique toys, model jets and tranquilizer guns.
Insurance Networking News does an annual article on out-of-the-ordinary items that have been insured, called “The Weirdest Things Ever Insured” which quite frankly, makes a tranquilizer gun seem as ordinary to insure as an engagement ring.
These insured items, as wacky as they may be, prove that insurance is truly important – and an accurate valuation is a critical step to protecting something especially important to you. And it’s not limited to celebrities or wacky things like long hair and mustaches – accurate valuations help carriers save money and save insureds from a big headache.
In any case, I wanted to share the items featured in the INN article – hope you find them as entertaining as I do:
1. Troy Polamalu’s locks
Troy Polamalu is famous for being one of an NFL’s defender and more recently for insuring his hair with Lloyd’s of London for $1,000,000.
2. Ben Turpin’s crossed eyes
Ben Turpin is famous for the expressiveness of his crossed eyes in 1920s silent films. Turpin took out a $20,000 policy with Lloyd’s to insure them from uncrossing.
3. Merv Hughes’ mustache
Cricketer Merv Hughes, famous for his distinctive walrus mustache, took out a £200,000 insurance policy on his ‘stache during his stint with the Australian cricket team.
4. Mariah Carey’s legs
After winning Gillette’s “Legs of a Goddess” award in 2006, Mariah reportedly took out a billion-dollar policy on her “god-like” limbs. She neither confirmed nor denied the rumor.