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10 Great Things You Can Buy for A Million Dollars: Go Ahead and Dream

Updated on February 13, 2017

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

If you just cashed in your latest stock options, hit the big jackpot at Las Vegas or are burning a hole in your pocket with your late uncle’s bequest, here are ten suggestions on where to spend a million dollars. (Thanks to tammyswallow for giving me the idea with her hub entitled 100 Great Things You Can Buy for A Dollar.)

Lagoon Caye, Belize
Lagoon Caye, Belize
Jaguar C-X75 Supercar
Jaguar C-X75 Supercar
Jeue Femme a L'Ombrelle
Jeue Femme a L'Ombrelle
Mikimoto Empress Necklace
Mikimoto Empress Necklace
Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot Cellphone by Gresso
Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot Cellphone by Gresso
Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland
Royal Penthouse Suite at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, Switzerland
  1. New York City apartment ($1.1 million): One bedroom/one bath apartment in 794 square feet with views of downtown Manhattan, the Hudson River and the Statue of Liberty through floor-to-ceiling windows. Common charges run $756 per month and cover a 24-hour doorman, concierge service, lounge, health club and lap pool.
  2. Lagoon Caye, Belize ($1 million): Ring-shaped 13-acre island with 7,000 square feet of Caribbean Sea frontage and 5,000 square feet of interior lagoon frontage. Interior lagoon runs 25 acres, is 30 feet deep and has a six-foot wide entrance. The island is only 12 miles to the mainland at its closest point.
  3. Jaguar C-X75 Supercar($1.1 million): Carbon-fiber body with a boosted internal combustion engine that can do 0 to 100 mph in under 6 seconds. And it’s a hybrid that can run up to 30 miles on electric power alone.
  4. Jeune Femme a L’Ombrelle (Young Lady with the Umbrella) by Auguste Renoir ($1.1 million): Impressionist painting from 1868 measuring 13 x 10 inches, auctioned by Sotheby’s in 2009. Price includes buyer’s premium. Granted, this is an auction item. But it does show that artwork by a master is still within reach.
  5. Mikimoto Empress Necklace ($996,000): Pink conch pearl necklace with 36.5 carats of diamonds set in platinum. Available from the website but shipping is extra. Returns for full refund or exchange allowed within 15 days.
  6. Action Comics No. 1 ($1 million): First Superman comic sold by ComicConnect in February 2010. This is up from $317,000 paid for the same issue in March 2009. Again, this is an auction item, but perhaps the price for the next one will fall somewhere between the two.
  7. Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot Cellphone by Gresso ($1 million): Pure gold case encrusted with black diamonds and back panel of 200-yeard-old African blackwood. Each key is manufactured from a single crystal sapphire that is manually polished.
  8. 15 Days in the Royal Penthouse Suite, President Wilson Hotel, Geneva, Switzerland ($975,000): $65,000 per night for 18,000 square feet that include four bedroom, six bathrooms, private elevator and a dining room that seats 26. Room service is available 24 hours a day.
  9. Two years of service for a domestic staff of five ($1.1 million): Highest annual salaries for employees with at least two years of on-the-job experience including supervisory butler ($180,000), valet ($70,000), private chef ($80,000), personal secretary ($150,000) and housekeeper ($80,000).
  10. Generous donation to the author of 20 Things You Can Buy for About a Million Dollars ($1 million). And he’ll even write you your very own personalized hub.

What are you going to buy for about $1 million?

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      Donald J Trump 4 months ago

      I think I would get the island then make it a part of America

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      idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

      NYC apartment... like to stay in the city that never sleeps... heheheeh. :D

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      Jennifer Arnett 4 years ago from California

      I'd go for the New York City apartment because it is the most likely object to appreciate in value. If you go for the car, it might crash and leave you with nothing. If you go for the necklace or cellphone, they can be stolen or taxed with a 28% tax. However, you could rent out the apartment for the rest of your life, and sill have the principle, plus appreciation. Very fun hub!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I want to buy the lagoon. I can set myself up a nice little spot there and bring my own food.....or even just go fishing! Great hub Alocsin and it did make me think. Loved it, voting up, and I'm sharing!

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Okay, now after reading the comments, I want to give the Jag back and buy the island instead where we can live to the end of our days dreaming up ways like this to give it all to charity now that we are living in luxury. Oh wait, a million dollars for an apartment? Doesn't go far, does it?

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      mbergo 5 years ago from Porto Alegre, Brazil

      Voted up. I would also go for #2. With 1 million one could also buy time - put the money in Johnson and Johnson and live of the dividends.

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      monicamelendez 5 years ago from Salt Lake City

      Too bad the poll doesn't give you more than one option. :) I would take the island first and then the apartment!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Honestly, John Sarkis, I wouldn't buy the Jag either. I have a friend who has one and it's mostly in the garage because it's always broken.

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      kikalina 5 years ago from Europe

      I go for the car :)

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Alocsin, you never cease to surprise me. What a brilliant hub this one is.

      FYI: I wouldn't buy the Jag, because I had one that cost me 5% or so of the one you mention in your article and had to get rid of it because it gave me lots of trouble and I could never afford it!

      The island in Belize sounds out of this world...would buy that if I had the money.

      Voted up

      Take care


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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Alocsin it's always nice to dream. Not sure what I'd do with 1 million dollars but you've given me something to think about. Voted up and interesting! Kelley

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      This is an impressive list. I wish I could buy all for 1 million! I would go for the island. Nice to let us at least dream about it.

      Up, interesting and shared on FB.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      I love this. I would definitely go for the NYC apartment. Maybe the island, but I fear it would wash away in the next hurricane with my luck. I have to say, I don't get the cell phone. That is just an obscene waste of cash! Voted up.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      My check to you for one million is in the mail. Please don't hold your breath! I'd sure like to see that phone...

      I voted this UP, etc. And I shared this one.

      I hope you got a BIG payout from HP.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I voted for the island, although 2 years of service by a domestic staff of 5 sounds pretty good, too! Fun to dream, isn't it? Voted up and SHARED!

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      What an interesting hub. Imagine spending One million dollars on a phone - INSANE! It is nice to dream though. I have already been dreaming of what I would do If I won the lottery for years lol.

      Shared on Twitter

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks Ruchira. Don't we all wish we had a million dollars!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      This is such a fun hub, alocsin.

      I am not sure what I will buy when and IF I get a million

      I would rather invest that money and sit on

      voted up as interesting and funny hub.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Good point, Madurai!

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      Madurai 5 years ago from Online

      Alocsin , very good suggestion, but in my opinion, if I had one million dollars I will not have time to visit Internet. Lol...thanks for sharing:)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      You have a good heart Peggy W to think of charities and helping the less fortunate with the money. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I voted for the "generous donation to the author." Do you take IOU's? Haha!

      Interesting comparisons of what that kind of money can buy. Left out are the ways to help other people. Wonder how much mosquito netting or digging of fresh water wells for people who need it...or countless other charities that could be helped with money like that? You can tell how my mind operates.

      Up and interesting votes!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...well I have a friend who is worth more than a million dollars - actually she is priceless - and if we're lucky she may show up here on your comment space

      ....and yes my friend this will get all of my pals on Facebook all excited which is the reason why I will be posting it there today on my homepage with a direct link back here - lake erie time ontario canada 10:17am

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      macquelinedc 5 years ago from Philippines

      The apartment in New York will be great, if ever I win the lottery that will be the first thing I'll buy. Thanks for the good hub.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Don't forget to tip the writer, if you buy any of these items, since I'm not getting a commission.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      If I'm going to dream, it may as well be big ... an island it is! Thanks for SHARING!

    • profile image 5 years ago

      I love hubs like these. I better get working on my millions. I could use the island.

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      CWanamaker 5 years ago from Arizona

      Man, a million dollars doesn't seem to go very far haha. However, I am sure that Jaguar is well worth the price!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      #1 for sure. One of the greatest cities in the world and a great view. Cool hub!

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      WD Curry 111 5 years ago from Space Coast

      It is a toss up between the island and the domestic staff.

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      Veronica Roberts 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I will take #2. Do you think they'd take cash? ;)

      Voted up and awesome!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Haha...though it seems like I often hear that when people win significant amounts of money, they often don't know what to do with it and then...squander it away. :( Oh well...voted up!

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      I'd like a million to play the stock market. If my decisions took a dump, who cares? Or I could be like some of my family members and play the slots all night in Tahoe until it's gone. Same thing. Maybe throw the dice, instead. But it would also pay for a penthouse, meals, and a concert while I was there. Just for me and my honey because I like to share. WooHoo!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome list! I want all of the above, but I will settle for the Jaguar. This is great and so much fun to dream about. Well done!

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      Cassandra Mantis 5 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      I think I'd buy that New York Apartment! Second choice would be the Island in Belize! Think I'd need a seaplane to get to it! Can we get another Hub to put some dream airplanes in - please? LOL! Cheers!

      It's nice to dream! :)

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      chamilj 5 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Nice options. Wish I will have $ 1 million soon. Hey nice hub! Voted up!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm glad you're all enjoying this little bit of fun. I actually wrote this in anticipation of my first HubPages payout, which should be happening next month.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Ha ha - this was too cool. Now I am wishing I had a million dollars so that I could get some of these things. On the other hand... some of it truly disturbs me. 65,000 for one night in what is literally a hotel. Yikes. And 80,000 for a housekeeper. Gee - and I went to school to scrap by... guess I am in the wrong industry.

      What a fun hub. Voted up and funny. Thanks for SHARING!

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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      Hmm 1 million dollars. I will buy a lot and make a condo :D I believe its the best thing you can give to your kids :D and yes I will also stay with hubpage its fun here and relaxing. Thanks for sharing

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      mljdgulley354 5 years ago

      What an imagination alocsin. These are great ideas if you have a million dollars. Only thing is you could only buy one of them. Voted Up and Sharing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I want the NYC apartment and I want it now!!:) What a fun hub! Way to go alocsin! Could you imagine how much cosmetic surgery one could get done with one million dollars! A LOT! lol Voted UP!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Well, you never know who might decide on the last option. Don't worry, I'll still keep writing for HubPages if that happens.

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      Zainnisar 5 years ago from Little Island, Heart.

      Cool, enjoyed up through my ears interesting stuff that you have put together and last voting option was a nice try but I guess people are more materialistic. lol

      Thanks for Sharing Awesomeness. Voted and Shared.