It’s no secret that former First Lady and graft convict Imelda Marcos lived a luxurious life when her husband, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, was in power. On the day of the anniversary of the Martial Law declaration, a decades-old photo of a receipt surfaced online to give netizens a glimpse of her legendary shopping habits.
An invoice from the luxe brand Bulgari in New York dated July 20, 1978 revealed that Imelda used her secretary, Vilma Bautista, as personal shopper to pick up jewelry from Bulgari worth $1.43 million.
Included in Marcos’ jewelry haul were a $1.15 million bracelet embedded with multi-carat emeralds and diamonds. Diamond-studded earclips, gold rings and earrings, and a pearl necklace added to the seven-figure bill.
“The bill was among documents found in the back of Malacanang Palace, Manila, on the night the Marcos family fled into exile in Hawaii, 25th February 1986,” according to Alex Bowie of Getty Images.
Some of the jewelries and owned by Marcos have been sequestered and forfeited in favor of the Philippine government after the 1986 People Power revolution.