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David Letterman

Drops Thousands

On Staff's Parting Gifts

5/22/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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David Letterman's former employees didn't walk away empty-handed this week -- he dropped thousands of dollars hooking them up with ... wait for it ... custom-made letterman's jackets. 

Letterman's final gift to his staff  have the words, "Thank you and good night" scrawled across the front. Dave scooped up more than 200 of them ... according to the owner of Golden Bear Sportswear.

Dave's been buying staff swag from GBS for 15 years, and the owner tells us they were contacted last winter, after Letterman announced his retirement plan. She says Dave designed the jacket as a final gift. 

GBS wouldn't divulge exactly how much Letterman spent, but the jackets run AT LEAST $300 each ... so you do the math.

Safe to say, Dave can afford it.

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Floyd Mayweather

My Crocodile Bag

... Is Worth $150,000

5/20/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0519-floyd-mayweather-twitterFloyd Mayweather is flossin' a ridiculously rare man-bag ... and it costs more than your CAR!!!! 

The boxer just touched down in Georgia this morning ... flaunting one of his favorite expensive purchases -- a diamond Hermès HAC 50 bag made out of crocodile skin. 

We spoke to someone from Hermès who told us the bag isn't being sold in stores -- and therefore, it MUST be a custom job (Pharrell had a custom Hermès bag made in 2007). 

So, we went to the The Money Team looking for answers ... and one of Floyd's top TMT guys told us Floyd paid around $150k for the bag, which is accented with 245 diamonds on the metal hardware. 

It's a drop in the bucket for Floyd who claimed he made around $200 million for the Pacquiao fight. 

And he's not done spending yet ... Floyd tweeted to his people in Atlanta -- "Anyone know what time the stores open up? I need to pick up a few items for the [Atlanta Hawks] game tonight."

#Rich

Rihanna

Hiding in Plain Sight

5/16/2015 7:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0516_rihanna_camo_pcnRihanna failed miserably Friday in a feeble attempt to blend into the scenery.

RiRi wore her best camo, which might have worked in the jungles of Afghanistan, but she was leaving the Bowery Hotel in NYC, and she was plain as day.

That said, what a recruiting tool she'd be.

Richie Sambora

Sues Ex

You Extorted Me Over Fake Death Threats

5/15/2015 1:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Richie Sambora is striking back with a lawsuit against his ex Nikki Lund, who he alleges extorted him to the tune of more than $150k and then tried to frame him for allegedly making death threats.

Sambora says he’s been dishing out wads of cash – first $50k, then $45k, then $35k and finally $25k – to keep her and her publicist, Sean Borg, from going public with claims he threatened them. When Sambora cut them off in March, he says Lund unsuccessfully tried to get  him prosecuted.

Sambora says Lund illegally and secretly recorded him and then heavily edited the tape to make it appear he was threatening to kill her.

Lund tried again a few days ago to get Sambora prosecuted but the D.A. wasn't having it and rejected the case.

According to the lawsuit, Sambora's relationship with Lund fell apart after he invested $4 million into their joint-fashion venture, Nikki Rich. He says she used the company as her personal piggy bank and ultimately drove it into the ground. Sambora stopped funding it in September of last year … and says that’s when Lund went postal.

Sambora's suing both Lund and Borg for extortion, defamation and illegally recording a phone call.

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4:06PM PT: Lund's lawyer calls the allegations "unfounded," and says she'll file her own lawsuit soon.

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Melissa Rivers

Kathy Griffin 'S*** on My Mother's Legacy'

5/14/2015 6:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Melissa Rivers believes Kathy Griffin is self-centered beyond words ... so worried about saving her own ass that she would crap all over the legacy of Joan Rivers.

Rivers was at the 92nd Street Y in NYC where she sat down with Hoda Kotb to talk about her new book. When Hoda zeroed in on "Fashion Police" -- Melissa had trouble harnessing her anger.  

Melissa believes Kathy more than disrespected Joan in the way she handled leaving the show, saying she "s*** on her mom's legacy."  And she didn't stop there.

Our photogs got Griffin out Tuesday night and asked her about Melissa's comments ... but she wanted no part of it. 

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Metallica's Lars Ulrich

Thong-Gate Mystery Solved!!!

5/12/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0512-lars-ulrich-twitterMetallica fans can rest easy -- the Lars Ulrich underwear saga known as thong-gate is finally coming to an end and the bare-assed truth is ... the thong is all an illusion.

For any non-headbangers out there -- the Mighty Met drummer was photographed fluttering away on his hi-hat and snares at Vegas’ Rock in Rio concert over the weekend  ... and it sure looked like he was sporting a sexy red thong while he did it. 

Turns out Ulrich, 51, was just a victim of butt shadow. Yes, butt shadow – it’s a real thing, that can strike anyone.

A rep for Ulrich tells us what appears to be red undies in the viral pic is just the shadow of Lars' shirt -- created by stage lighting. In fact, Lars is actually going commando in the shot, so what you're really staring intently at ... is his ass crack.

Mariah Carey

Diamonds Get Her Every Time ...

Fan Sucks Up with Jewelry

5/11/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0508-main-mariah-carey-instagram-01Mariah Carey is smiling from earhole to earhole because one of her fans -- with money to burn, apparently -- laid a cool 4 Gs worth o' jewels on the diva as a pretty sweet thank you gift.

Sources tell TMZ ... Mimi invited jeweler Eric Meier to her opening Vegas show at Caesars Palace, and to prove he's her biggest fan -- he handed her a pair of black diamond drop earrings in an 18 ct. rose gold setting.

We're told the Orion earrings are worth nearly $4k, but we're guessing he got a decent discount since they're available at his store, Diamonds Don't Lie. Still, it's the thought that counts ... as you can tell from Mariah's face.

Now imagine what Eric would have given to be the guy she cuffed and blindfolded onstage.

50 Cent

Jeweler Says Rapper's Crew Brutalized Him

Stole Expensive Jewelry

5/10/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0508-50-cent-TMZ-0150 Cent is smack in the middle of a criminal investigation after a guy claims 50's goons pistol whipped him and stole a quarter of a million dollars in bling.

Robert Marin, who owns LAX Jewelry Co., tells TMZ he went to Vegas during fight weekend because he wanted to sell the rapper a watch and chain worth $250K.  Marin says he met 50 at Drai's nightclub, showed him the jewelry and 50 was in, but they needed to negotiate a price.

Marin says they stayed at Drai's  until the wee hours Saturday and 50's crew invited him to see Floyd Mayweather's gym ... an offer he couldn't refuse.  Marin claimed when they arrived things turned ugly.  He says 2 of 50's guys pistol whipped him, stole the jewelry and fled. 

Marin has filed a robbery report and Vegas cops are investigating.

50's people say the story is BS ... his attorney Scott Leemon tells us, “On behalf of 50, I can adamantly deny that he or his security had anything to do with these baseless and false allegations.”

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Wahlberg to Mayweather

You're a Great Boxer, But that Jewelry ... Fabulous!

5/9/2015 8:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0509-mayweather-mark-splash-01Mark Wahlberg was blown away at the Clippers game last night, but it had nothing to do with the Clippers rout over the Rockets ... he was mesmerized by Floyd Mayweather's bling.

Mark and Floyd were sitting courtside, not beside each other, when Mark walked over to Floyd to admire his ridiculously expensive bracelet.

Meanwhile, Khloe and Kendall had laser focus on the game ... at least for a second or two. 

Tons of stars showed, including Billy Chrystal, Macy Gray, Adam Devine and Bob Odenkirk.

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Carmelo Anthony

Check Out This $565,000 Watch!!!

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5/8/2015 11:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0508-carmelo-anthony-watch-INSTAGRAM-01File Under: "It's GREAT to be Rich" .... 'cause Carmelo Anthony just strapped on a brand new watch ... worth $565,000!!!!!!

Melo just posted the timepiece on Instagram ... and now, we've learned why -- it's a super limited Greubel Forsey ... one of the most popular brands with hardcore watch collectors. 

So, why's the watch so valuable? It's not loaded with gold or diamonds ... it's what's under the hood -- precision mechanics. Plus, the 3D globe on the watch took the company 18 months to develop. 

It's not like Melo can't afford it -- the guy's in the middle of a 5 year $124 MILLION contract. 

update_graphic_red_bar1:01 PM PT -- Turns out, Anthony didn't buy the watch ... yet ... but he's VERY interested in it. 

Here's the deal, Carmelo is a partner in Haute Time -- a luxury lifestyle website/magazine ... and last night, he organized an event for 15 ultra-wealthy collectors to check out and try on some exclusive Greubel Forsey pieces. 

During the event, Melo fell in love with the globe watch ... and we're told he's "very interested" in purchasing it.  Stay tuned ... 

Kim Kardashian

Even Protesters Buy My New Book

5/8/2015 6:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian kind of undermined a pair of animal rights advocates Thursday night, when her people got them to buy her book and then threw them out before they could meet Kim and make a fuss.

The 2 women showed up at The Grove in L.A., where hundreds of people lined up for a John Hancock on Kim's new book, "Selfish."

The women made their case to our photog after they were booted, saying Kim has the power to be a positive influence by urging her fans to stop wearing fur manufactured by horrific methods of animal torture.

Kim has never really addressed animal cruelty in the fur industry, only saying, "I believe everyone has the choice of what they want. It's not illegal to buy fur." 

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Demi Moore

Big Time Burglary ...

Her Haute Couture Is OUT the Door

5/8/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Demi Moore got hit with some seriously high-priced bad news -- as in $200 GRAND's worth -- when her assistants discovered a bunch of her expensive clothing was missing from a storage unit.

The heist went down at Demi's storage unit in North Hollywood. Law enforcement sources tell us a member of her team swung by the place on Monday and noticed there was more wide open space than there should be. 

The burglars were discriminating -- jacking only high-end, and in some cases, irreplaceable, clothing items. We're told Demi is putting together an itemized list of her losses.

Oddly, there was no sign of forced entry into the unit -- the lock was intact -- sources close to Demi say she thinks someone at the storage facility is behind the hit.

Nailing the burglars will be difficult. We're told Demi's people say no one's been to the storage unit in 6 months -- so the theft could've gone down as far back as last year ... and surveillance video at the place doesn't go back that far.

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Dwyane Wade

$900,000 Wardrobe

... For Met Gala

5/5/2015 10:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0505_dwayne_wade_gabriel_union_dressy_instagram_2If Dwyane Wade looked like a million bucks at the Met Gala and the Met Gala after-party ... it's because that's roughly how much his outfits were worth at his big night out ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Our fashion sources close to Wade tell us the total value of the NBA star's two looks he rocked out last night added up to roughly $900,000. 

Here's the breakdown ... 

1st Outfit

Versace Tux -- $3,900
Custom red sash -- (no price, but it was custom made by Versace ... so, expensive). 
Shirt -- $395
Del Toro suede leather Italian loafers -- $395
Bow tie from Wade's Tie Bar collection -- $20
Hublot watch with diamond skeleton face -- $113,000
Buccellati jewelry on tie and jacket -- $500,000

2nd Outfit

White Versace jacket -- $8,000
Jewelry -- $250,000
Cufflinks -- $2,000
Versace Monk strap shoes -- $1,500
Versace pants -- $6,000

#2OutfitsCostMoreThanMostHomes 

BTW -- We're told Wade didn't write a check for $900k ... some of the stuff was given to him for free to rock out ... the perks of being rich and famous.  

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