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Rod Stewart was left red-faced when Elton John gifted him an extravagant art piece for Christmas one year.
The two Brit rockers used to try to upstage each other with gifts and practical jokes, but one holiday season Elton really caught the Maggie May hitmaker out.
“Some of (our pranks) were very public, but the one where he showed me up the most was in private,” Rod told The Guardian.
“We used to live 20 minutes from each other in Berkshire (England) and for Christmas, I bought him a pop-up fridge from (department store) Harrods. You pressed a button and there’d be steam and lights and a bottle of champagne. It cost me £600; a lot of money in the ’70s. We swapped presents and he said: ‘Oh very nice, dear, thank you.’”
And then Rod opened the Rocket Man star’s gift: “He gave me a Rembrandt painting!” Stewart recalled. “I’ve never felt so stingy. He’s eternally the most generous person I’ve ever known. I’m not sure what the best one I’ve done on ‘her’ is… he’s usually got one over on me. I can’t bear it.
“We communicate through the press now, but we love each other. That’s what counts.”