Wealthy and eccentric Brazilian entrepreneur Count Scarpa has announced that he will be burying one of his most prized possessions: his new, $500,000 Bentley convertible.
The 62-year-old took to his Facebook page to declare his plan to do as the Pharaohs of Egypt did and take his treasure with him when he dies, Daily Mail reports.
Scarpa will hold a funeral service tomorrow at 11 a.m., in which the brand new Bentley Continental will be entombed, ensuring that Scarpa’s journey to the afterlife will be as luxurious and comfortable as possible.
One Facebook photo features Scarpa standing beside the car with a cockatoo on his arm, accompanied by the caption:
“I decided to do as the Pharaohs: this week I will bury my favorite car, the Bentley here in the home garden! Bury my treasure in my palace rssss !!!”
According to Daily Mail, the car’s tomb will be dug in the backyard of his Sao Paulo mansion.
Another photo from Tuesday shows Scarpa with his foot on a shovel, standing in front of a deep hole with the Bentley parked behind him, warning: “For those who doubt me, yesterday I already started making the hole in the garden to bury my Bentley! By the end of the week I will bury it.”
The businessman said he made the decision last Sunday after watching a TV special on Ancient Egypt.
“I was watching a documentary about the pharaohs of Egypt, very interesting. They buried his entire fortune to have a comfortable life “the other side”!” he says.
Two days after posting his decision on Facebook, the post received over 5,680 likes and more than 6,000 shares.
That day, Scarpa appeared on a Brazilian talk show to discuss the impending funeral of his sacred Bentley.
“I watched the film of the pharaohs and after seeing how they were buried with their treasures I decided that I wanted to copy them and bury my most precious item, which is my car,” he says.
Daily Mail reports that, aside from the TV program, Scarpa may have also been influenced to view his inevitable death in a different light by a near-fatal experience in 2009. Scarpa was in a coma for over two months after a virus almost took his life following a stomach operation.
He technically died twice during the coma and was even read his last rites by a priest.
One of the richest men in Sao Paulo, Scarpa’s property spans over 14,000 square meters. He inherited the title of “Count” from his father Count Francisco Scarpa, who was given the title by Pope Pius XII in 1949 for his charitable donations.
Scarpa may have benefitted greatly from his father’s wealth, but also made his own fortune in the brewing and mining industries.
With no children to carry on the family name, Scarpa says his cockatoo is his offspring.
“This here is my ‘daughter’,” he said in the interview with a Brazilian magazine. “She is called Filomena Leopoldina Sofia Scarpa. She is six-months-old and is endangered,” he said.
The white cockatoo, who reportedly has her own business card, is one of the most expensive birds in the world, valued at over $28,000.
In addition to their treasures, the Pharaohs were also known for burying their pets along with them so they could enjoy their company in the afterlife. Scarpa has yet to reveal whether he plans to do the same with Filomena.
Via: Daily Mail, Top Photo Credit: Count Scarpa