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Everyone loves their own bed, but there are some that have actually made history over the years. Take a look at the list below to discover how the bed can make headlines all over the world. Does your bed compare to any of these?

 

Elvis Presley's Hamburger Bed

 

Elvis Hamburger Bed

Trust the King to have his own personalised bed. Now a part of rock and roll memorabilia, this bed included a television and stereo inside the rounded headboard, so Elvis and friends could catch up with their favourite shows without even having to sit up. Elvis's daughter Lisa Marie dubbed it the 'hamburger bed' due to its bun-like shape, and it was kept in the Country Music Hall of Fame until 2007.  Recently it was even sold on eBay for an impressive $50,000. The name seems quite apt considering Elvis's love of burgers in his later years.

 

Tracey Emin's 'My Bed'

One person's messy bed is another person's piece of art. This confessional artwork represented Tracey Emin's battle with suicidal depression after a difficult breakup. Empty bottles of booze, stained sheets and old underwear litter the scene, giving us an eye-opening glimpse into a troubled mind. British businessman Charles Saatchi would eventually buy the bed for £150,000, displaying it as part of his gallery in London. We're sure there are a few teenagers out there who wouldn't mind auctioning their messy beds for sale.

 

Shaquille O'Neal's Giant Bed

Shaq is a former NBA star standing over seven feet tall, and he likes to live comfortably. That's why he sleeps in a gigantic bed that is 15 feet long and 30 feet wide, one of the biggest you will ever see. Not surprisingly the basketball superstar decorates it with a Superman bedspread, reflecting his status as one of the greatest players of all time.

Yoko's Protest Bed

There were many protests during the Vietnam War, but one of the most memorable was the 'bed-in' performed by John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono. The newlyweds were looking for a non-violent way of appealing against the events in Vietnam, so they decided to spend a week in bed in both Amsterdam and Montreal. The protest made the news all around the world and it even got turned into a documentary called Bed Peace.

 

The Great Bed of Ware

This colossal four poster bed was constructed by carpenter Jonas Fosbrooke in 1580. It was a bit smaller than Shaq's bed, measuring 10 foot by 11 foot, but it was still reported to sleep 15 people comfortably. Those who stayed in the bed carved their names into the oak, and they are still visible on the bedposts and headboard today. You can find it on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, but unfortunately you can't try it for yourself.

Vincent Van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles

Van Gogh is one of the greatest artists of all time, but one of his most renowned paintings included a simple bed. He wanted to express the tranquility and simplicity of his bedroom by using the symbolism of colours, so the picture features pale, lilac walls and a faded red floor. Admirers of Van Gogh's work were excited to peer into his bedroom to catch a glimpse into the famous artist's personal life.

 

The cradle of the King of Rome

Napoleon's only heir, Napoleon II, had this magnificent crib built just for him. It was the result of a collaboration between some of the most prominent artisans of the 19th century, including the sculptor Pierre-Philippe Thomire, the silversmith Charles Nicolas Odiot and the painter Pierre-Paul Prud'hon, which goes some way to explaining the lavish design. Napoleon II could hardly complain about being hard done by, as he also received a 101 cannon salute on the day he was born.

These beds were much more than just places to relax in after a long day, and they've taken their place in history as part of some iconic events that will long be remembered. Of course, they could all have been improved with the addition of one thing - a Simba Sleep mattress. Find out why our mattresses are so special by seeing how we created the perfect night's sleep.