Here’s how much Americans would pay to relive 40 historic events

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If you could relive any event, historical or personal, what would you choose? Something personal like your wedding day, or a moment in history like the moon landing, or even something entertaining like Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant?

Although the saying goes that, “you can’t put a price on priceless,” it turns out that when it comes to reliving the past, you actually can. Website asked 2,000 people how much they would pay to relive major moments in both history and in their personal lives.

To help narrow the list, they compiled 40 historic experiences from pop culture, music, sports, world history and personal moments, and found that it was actually a very personal moment that topped the list.


Paying to relive the birth of your first child topped the list, followed by the moon landing and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. While those surveyed are willing to pay $39,334 for the moon landing and $36,836 for the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the birth of their first child far outweighs both.

Women said they would pay $31,456 more to relive their first child’s birth than men would, bringing the total price to a whopping $100,662. Men, however, would pay 2.7 times more than women to relive their first kiss.


Considering those surveyed already experienced these personal moments, you have to admit it’s pretty sweet that they would choose to pay more for them than something they haven’t witnessed before — like Columbus arriving in America ($25,000)! Ah, the power of love. *Cue Celine Dion*


When it comes to other personal events, those surveyed are willing to fork out more than $36,000 to relive their own birth, $30,000 to relieve their wedding day and $21,000 to see their favorite deceased musician in concert.

Speaking of music, the highest-priced event on the list is the 1969 three-day music festival known as Woodstock, which people are willing to pay $11,110 to see. Considering tickets were only $6.50 each day, $18 for all three days with advance purchase, this is not exactly a bargain, but it was such a major event in pop culture, it might be worth a few extra (thousand) dollars.

Perhaps surprisingly, the privilege of seeing The Beatles on their 1964 World Tour is only $10,564, so Woodstock even outranks the Fab Four.


Other pop culture events would bring in some big dough as well, like the premiere of “Star Wars,” which people are willing to pay more than $11,000 to attend. Others dream of being on the set of “Friends” for their series finale ($5,731), or “Seinfeld’s” final episode (though people are only willing to pay $2,849).

Sports wasn’t that big of a draw for those surveyed, with the highest-price event being Ali vs. Frazier in 1975 for $5,114. Not surprisingly, it’s Millennials who would spend the most on pop culture and sports, while Gen-Xers prefer music and personal experiences, and Baby Boomers like history. Other historical events going for more than $20,000 include Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, the Gettysburg Address and Columbus arriving in America.

Those surveyed would even pay more than $7,000 to see Princess Diana‘s wedding, which happened just 37 years ago. Proof that royal wedding fever is always a thing.


To see all the results from the survey, just visit Bid on Equipment’s website. How much would you be willing to pay to relive an event that’s special to you?

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