Stat of the day: £5m

Hand model Gemma Howorth has reportedly insured her hands for this amount. Will the policy pay out handsomely (groan) every time she breaks a nail?

by Rebecca Burn-Callander
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

Howorth is just one of many artistes from across the worlds of art, advertising, media, food and drink to insure her most prized anatomical possession.

Not surprising, given that her mitts bring in lucrative sums from clients Fairy Liquid, Cadbury’s and Rimmel. Look out for her fingers next time those dishes rise from the suds.

Not that her hands cost all that much to upkeep, however. Howorth says that all it takes is a little almond oil to keep her paws pretty.

Other notable policy holders include:

Costa Coffee taster Gennaro Pelliccia has insured his super-sentisive tongue for a whopping £10m. 'In my profession, my taste buds and sensory skills are crucial,’ he says.

Singer Mariah Carey, who reportedly insured her legs for $1bn after she was signed as the face - or legs, rather - of Gillette's Legs of a Goddess campaign.

Merv Hughes, the Australian cricketer, whose trademark handlebar moustache is insured for £200,000.

Dolly Parton's famous breasts also carry a hefty price-tag. Dolly will receive £390,000 if anything happens to the queen of country music's finest assets. And that's no booby prize (bad dum tch).

The question is, what would you insure?

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime

Books for the weekend: Daniel Goleman, Jack Welch, Nelson Mandela

Beaverbrooks CEO Anna Blackburn shares her reading list.

What happens next: COVID-19 lessons from Italian CEOs

Part I: Marco Alvera, chief executive of €15bn Lombardy-based energy firm Snam, on living with...

Coronavirus communications: Dos and don'ts

Uncertainty and isolation make it more important than ever to be seen, to be heard...

Leadership lessons: Mervyn Davies, former CEO of Standard Chartered and trade minister

"People talk about pressure – I worked 24 hours a day. There is more pressure...

How to reinvent your career through motherhood and midlife

Pay it Forward podcast: Former Marie Claire editor-in-chief Trish Halpin and BITE managing editor Nicky...