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Chelsea Hotel Manager Stanley Bard’s Art Collection Goes to Auction

Stanley Bard, the longtime part-owner and manager of Manhattan’s legendary Chelsea Hotel, has made a name for being a connoisseur of fine art. Throughout his career he has helped many struggling artists—among them Leonard Cohen, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns—to live and work in his hotel for little compensation. As a result, he managed to amass one of the most striking collections that capture the creative spirit of the 21st century.

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Tom Wesselmann’s “Study for Blue Nude”

Following his recent passing, the exclusive collection, which features works from Tom Wesselman, Karel Appel, and Christo will hit the auction block in May. Many of the pieces speak not only to the history of the now-closed Chelsea Hotel, but to a bygone era of one of New York’s most culturally-rich periods. Most pieces are a testament to Bard’s influence on the artists as with Tom Wesselmann’s Face #1, for instance, featuring the note “For Stanley—With Affection—Tom Wesselmann” on its back. The piece is expected to fetch up to $800,000. Handled by Freeman’s, the auction will handle works from some of the greatest artists of this century.

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Tom Wesselmann’s “Face #1” 

Slots for the auction will become available at the beginning of May and buyers better hurry up if they want to snap iconic pieces like Philip Taaffe “Untitled”, Larry Rivers “Art and the Artist Portrait and Painting of Arshile Gorky and Christo’s “The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi” – valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Larry Rivers “Art and the Artist Portrait and Painting of Arshile Gorky”

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Two New Outstanding Business-Jet Interiors from Embraer

Private aviation continues to undergo exciting upgrades thanks to Embraer’s designers. Business travellers can now enjoy two new Art Deco–inspired interiors for the flagship Lineage 1000E business jet: the Manhattan Airship and the Hollywood Airship. For these projects Embraer collaborated with designer Eddie Sotto, as it did on the Skyacht One and Skyranch One cabins.

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The Manhattan Airship boasts elegant dark wood flooring and panelling, a metallic mural of the circa-1930s New York City skyline, and the Cloud Club—a spacious lounge area with a bar with retractable stools, vintage sconces, and a mohair-and-lambskin divan under a city-loft-style window.

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The second option is the Hollywood Airship interior with lighter and warmer tones, and chrome and marble accents throughout.

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Leather accents on the walls and headliners depict Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, the Sunset Tower, and vintage cars. Each design sports expansive stylistic windows that allow plenty of light into the cabin and offer panoramic views of what’s outside the aircraft.

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These interiors are a step up of traditional business-jet interior design, which is typically dominated by simplicity and functionality. Conveying the Art Deco style of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building with a mosaic of the Manhattan skyline, is a first for this type of high-concept design.

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New Zealand’s First Beachfront Luxury Lodge

New Zealand has always been a favourite spot for relaxation for the ultra-rich with its idyllic scenery and luxury resorts. Now, an addition to high-end tourist accommodation reveals a new pearl in the land of the Maori. Helena Bay (helenabay.com) is a boutique retreat that offers exclusive access to more than 800 private acres of North Island headlands, farmland, and coastline.

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The high-luxury lodge is framed by lush kauri forest on a pristine stretch of the estate’s 2 miles of private beachfront. Two separate villa suites with sprawling terraces spill out onto the sand and are complemented by three junior suites. The grand main lodge provides a dining area and private wine cellar for guests to enjoy. Outside, an infinity-edge pool surrounded by manicured gardens makes for a pleasant spot to glimpse rare wildlife.

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One of Helena Bay’s main attractions is an AgustaWestland AW109 helicopter that can treat guests to private tours over the stunning scenery of the island. Depending on the time of the year when you want to visit the exotic paradise, rates start from $1750 for a single guest and $2100 for two. But for that sum guests are treated to pre-dinner drinks, dinner (the menu changes nightly), breakfast and use of all of the Lodge facilities.

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A number of recreational activities, such as diving, hiking, fishing and massage therapy are available on demand.

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The Sarpaneva Korona K0 Daredevil watch

Sarpaneva Watches have far been from the average watch brand, and its new timepiece—the Korona K0 Daredevil Dawn—pays homage to the spirit of fearlessness and strong masculine energy that drives you to victory.

Sarpaneva is a name that is highly revered in all hardcore watch-collecting communities. The brand’s rich history in the jewelry business eased its transition in the world of watchmaking. Its bold vision and precise craftsmanship shows in the latest timepiece that is aggressive and outspoken, all while paying proper homage to his roots.

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Limited to only 20 examples in each of its two dial configurations—Dawn and Dusk—the Sarpaneva Daredevil has a distinctive appeal. The design is elaborate and original. The first two dial layers are made of precision-cut skeletonized stainless steel, and the second is treated in a vibrant shade of blue diamond like coating (DLC). Below them is a three-segment base plate of vibrant bright Super LumiNova supplied by RC Tritec AG. The heavy application of luminous material keeps the Daredevil easy to read even in dim light. The obvious Captain America vibe to the dial’s red, white, and blue color scheme with a central white star, is in fact a nod to the legendary Evel Knievel rather than the Marvel superhero.

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The $10,000 watch does not feature an in-house movement. With a 46 mm case diameter and 11.2 mm thickness, the Daredevil is a bit large on the wrist. It includes two variations – with a black leather strap, and a crisp white rally strap that makes a much more bold and statement. The Dusk variation swaps has a dark gunmetal shade of gray instead of the vibrant blue, and also comes with a black or white rally strap.

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The Best Villa Rentals

The ultimate Coachella Valley experience includes staying at the best villa rentals available to wealthy clients.  Here are a few suggestions for sprawling private homes that offer privacy, stunning pools, and expansive views of all the fun and action of April’s music festivals.

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On the Rocks Estate is built directly into the mountainside in the exclusive Mesa neighborhood. The original 1959 design by architect Hugh Kaptur includes a stunning infinity pool and eclectic contemporary art and decor. Three separate bedrooms including a master suite, make the home ideal for large groups. There is a large patio between the two buildings with a bar area, fire pit, and a projector for outdoor movie screenings. Staying at the On the Rocks Estate costs $3,000 per night plus taxes and fees.

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Another popular choice is the Polo Villa House 6 – a five-bedroom, four-bathroom contemporary estate only less than a mile from the Empire Polo Field. It can be booked as part of the Coachella Platinum Package ($110,000 for a minimum six-night stay), which indulges guests to eight VIP passes to Coachella, luxury transportation to and from the music festival, access to the festival’s Safari Tent campground and lounge, and dinner for eight during a night of their choice at the festival.

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The newly built El Dorado Estate oozes Mediterranean appeal and tranquillity. Located in secluded Indian Wells on more than 2 acres, the El Dorado estate has a private tennis court, a saltwater pool, and a 200-foot slip-n-slide. There are four bedrooms plus a loft and six bathrooms that can easily sleep up to 10 guests. Throughout the month of April, rates are $50,000 for an all-inclusive week.

The Ultimate Superyacht Submarine

The Ultimate Superyacht Submarine

Drawing inspiration from every traveller’s guidebook – Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, – the Austrian-based Migaloo Submarines is going to design, engineer, and build a private submersible yacht. The concept exhibits austere architecture and powerful performance capabilities. The yacht takes the concept of privacy to a new level, as it will be able to remain submerged both at anchor and when cruising between destinations.

An offshoot of the design firm Motion Code: Migaloo will work with clients to customize the designs to accommodate any size specifications or different configurations based on the four primary models currently offered. This has never before been done for submarine vessels available for private buyers, and is surely going to attract a host of rich buyers, who want their own nautical toy.

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The 236-foot M2 was also designed with the potential to be an underwater restaurant and bar or a conference center. The 442-foot M5 and 524-foot M6 each have three viewing galleries, a starboard saloon, a portside dining area, a wine room, a library, and a lounge with bar at the bow. The master suite spans three levels including a private bow terrace; additional accommodations feature six VIP apartments. The M5 and M6 also have an outdoor pool and hot tub (accessible when surfaced), a helipad, and a wet garage that can fit two 36-foot mini submarines for smaller-scale exploration.

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The world’s largest submersible superyacht – the 738-foot M7 – is developed by Migaloo to resemble the design of the United States Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer. It is capable of 40 knots on the surface and 20 knots underwater. The private yacht layout provides the perfect platform for many interior possibilities, satisfying bespoke and exclusive needs.

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Highlights from the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show

The 2017 Geneva International Motor was a whirlwind of aggressive new body styles, glamour and opulence. This year’s show, will run through March 19 at the Palexpo, will feature world premieres from Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, and more. Some of the highlights of the highly-anticipated show include the spectacular Lamborghini Huracán Perfomante, which dashes from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. Its lightweight construction, race-bred aerodynamics, and an improved air-intake system have taken a significant load off the weight of the car compared to other Huracán models. The electronically controlled rear wing uses a patented system to optimize downforce at high speeds. Lamborghini announced a starting price of $274,390 for the Huracán Perfomante with deliveries set to begin this summer.

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McLaren will debut the successor to 650S with lighter weight, better performance, and improved aerodynamics compared to the previous model. Its new 4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine produces will allow the 720S to match the 2.9-second zero-to-62-mph time of Lamborghini Huracán Performante. Revised suspension and chassis-control system improve the car’s handling compared with the price expected at about $284,500, and deliveries to the United States will begin later this year.

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The Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon is, by far, the boldest suggestion at the Geneva Motor Show 2017. The sleek beast is the embodiment of strength and speed, much like its mythical namesake creature — and is also adorned with a 24-carat gold leaf finish. The precious metal adorns exterior badging, making up the body’s racing strips, adorning interior surfaces, and even being featured on the engine at the hood’s struts. Koeningsegg has designed and built a unique V8 engine for their ambitious model – one that gives the hypercar 1360hp.

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The Koenigsegg Electronic Stability control, front/rear hydraulic lifting system, climate control, bluetooth phone and audio connection, Apple CarPlay, and a full digital warning and information system are just some of the perks of the mind-blowing vehicle.

 

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Thailand’s New Dream Getaway

The luxurious new Aquila villa in Phuket, Thailand, presents an idyllic location for a tranquil retreat on 2.5 acres of verdant landscape. This secluded slice of paradise boasts four modern Thai-style pavilions (Arrival, Main, Guest, and Master) – each complete with wall-to-wall windows, high ceilings, direct access to the ocean, and a grand total of seven bedrooms.

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The Arrival Pavilion is home to the villa’s spa—perfect for relaxing and destressing—while also playing host to a master bedroom, en-suite bath, contemporary living area, and a kids bunk room. At just over 11,800 square feet the three-story Main Pavilion is the center of the compound with its massive living area equipped with a library, gym, a main and western kitchen, a dining area that sits up to 16, a wine cellar, recreation room (complete with wet-bar, pool table and movie theatre), a 98-foot infinity pool and an outside deck.

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Located next to the Main Pavilion is the Guest Pavilion where the sleeping quarters are housed. The two-story residence consists of two master bedrooms, two double bedrooms, and two twin-rooms. The en-suite bathrooms are furnished with Japanese fixtures and waterfall showers, while the master bathrooms are completed with lavish plunge baths.

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The luxury villa offers complete privacy as it is located in the gated community of ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ in Kamala—only a short 45-minute drive from Phuket International Airport—and includes a villa manger, full-time chef and around-the-clock security. Prices start from $2,750 to $7,500 per night.

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For Sale the World’s First Flying Car

The world’s first production-model flying car is now a reality. Netherlands-based company Pal-V has begun taking orders for two versions of its three-wheeled car that converts into a two-seat gyroplane: avid buyers can choose between the fully loaded Liberty Pioneer Edition (£480,000) and the base model Liberty Sport (£320,000). FAA certification for its vehicle is still pending and as soon as they receive it – deliveries can begin.

Only 90 examples of the Liberty Pioneer Edition will be built, highlighting its rarity and collectability in the long term. Both models will have a maximum speed of 100 mph in driving mode and will be capable of acceleration from zero-to-60-mph time of less than nine seconds. In flying mode, they will have a high cruising speed of 100mph and a range of 248 miles with two passengers aboard and 310 miles with just a pilot. Pal-V recommends using a runway – paved or level grass – of at least 900ft for a smooth take-off and a 100ft strip for landing.

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The blades are bundled on the roof when the vehicle is in drive mode, and can be unfolded to convert the Liberty into a gyroplane in about 10 minutes. The blades are not powered by a motor, as helicopter blades are, but by the wind and continue to rotate as long as there is airflow. This gives the vehicle a level of stability.

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To operate the Liberty drivers will require a standard driver’s license and a gyroplane license. The latter requires 40-45 hours of training. For an additional £20,000 buyers get a Liberty includes flying lessons at the Pal-V FlyDrive Academy, the company’s flying school in Utah.

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The most desirable Gems from Spring’s Upcoming Jewelry Auctions

Spring season has officially begun with extraordinary pieces exhibited by auction houses from New York and London and there are quite a few gorgeous gems that are worth your time and money.

First on the radar is renowned dealer Sotheby’s and its Fine Jewels exhibition in London that will take place on March 22nd. More than 280 distinctive and memorable jewels will be auctioned, including a spectacular brooch, expected to fetch between $29,000 and $39,000. Designed by innovative French designer Pierre Sterlé, it is styled to resemble a bird with a cabochon aquamarine body surrounded by circular-cut sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds. Other memorable pieces include vibrant rings and bracelets from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, and other reputable Maisons.

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In April the Magnificent Jewels auction is heading to New York, where the standout piece will be a spectacular 34-carat emerald ring by Harry Winston called the Stotesbury Emerald (expected to sell for $800,000 to $1.2 million). The unique object d’art once belonged to American socialite and jewelry enthusiast, Eva Stotesbury.

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Another entrancing art deco–inspired piece is a clip centered around a rare, unheated Burmese ruby (valued at $300,000 to $400,000) that will be the headlining piece of the London auction house’s spring sale. Diamond lovers can bid on the classic rivière collar necklace ($200,000 to $300,000). As part of a private collection, it consists of 63 round brilliant-cut diamonds totalling nearly 44 carats.

A highly anticipated offering from Christie’s at the Magnificent Jewels action in New York is a pair of contrasting pink-and-blue sapphire earrings ($40,000 to $60,000) by the world-renowned and elusive French jewelry designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR). The daringly mismatched duo reflects the current trend of bold statement earrings. Bvlgari will also be represented with a massive 48-carat sapphire and diamond ring ($500,000 to $700,000).