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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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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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The Ultimate Gift – The World’s Largest Flawless Heart-Shape Diamond

One lucky girl would get the ultimate gift that will make both Valentine’s Day and diamond history. That is, if her partner can afford to spend over $20 million on Graff’s heart-shaped, D-class, flawless diamond named in celebration of the Roman goddess of Love.

The Graff Venus is the largest D Flawless heart shape diamond in the world, and comes from a 357-carat rough stone found at the Letseng mine in Lesotho in 2015. It was sold by Gem Diamonds for $19.3 million to an undisclosed buyer in September that year, which means that its price as a symmetrical and perfectly polished stone will be, at least, twice as much. The exceptionally demanding Graff Venus is a magnificent type IIa 118.78ct diamond that goes beyond words, and will surely be the object of desire of many high-class women, celebrities and socialites.

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18 months of analysis, cutting and polishing were invested in the transformation of the rough 357-carat stone to get a record-breaking heart-shaped diamond of immaculate quality and proportions. The GIA certificate revealed the highest grading that any stone can achieve for the Graff Venus: D Colour, Flawless, and Type IIA with Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry, and No Fluorescence. This gives the exclusive stone a mesmerizing effect and unparalleled value.

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The world’s largest perfect heart-shape stone, The Graff Venus is arguably the most breath-taking in the contemporary series of record-breaking diamonds.

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New York’s New $19,000-Per-Night Suite

$19,000 is the price to pay to spend a night in New York City’s trendiest, most luxuries new suite in Manhattan. Unveiled last fall at the legendary Peninsula New York, the Fifth Avenue haven is more similar to a grand apartment than hotel accommodation. Guests are treated to sweeping views of the New York skyline while enjoying a total of 2,500 square feet at their disposal on the 17th-floor of the central skyscraper. A sprawling living room and elegant dining room are available for entertaining in addition to a gourmet kitchen, an impressive collection of commissioned art.

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Furnished to a high standard of modern austerity and comfort, the apartment boasts polished wood, floor-to-ceiling windows that let natural light flood in, marble details and plush furnishings for a laid-back, business-style ambiance. The Fifth Avenue residence manages to remain both crisp and elegant. There’s a separate room for work and play, an oversize tub in the master bedroom, a private study and a powder room.

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One of the focal points of the apartment is the kitchen – stocked with Gaggenau appliances and a 50-bottle wine refrigerator. Commissioned works of art tie the entire place together and include an impressive hand-painted mural by the Hong Kong artist David Qian as well as a custom-made headboard of embossed leather by Londoner Helen Amy Murray in the bedroom.

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The strategic location of the real estate jewel gives immediate proximity to all delights of Manhattan’s famous shopping avenue. The Museum of Modern Art, its Alexander Calder and Ellsworth Kelly masterpieces alongside the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden are all within walking distance.

An even more striking feature is the proprietary tablet technology that allows guests to control everything from lighting to temperature, as well as communicate 24/7 with a team of highly-skilled hotel concierges—this is just a small fraction of the benefits that the Fifth Avenue Suite offers for its exclusive guests at the price of $19,000 a night.

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Four Single Malts from Scotland

Whiskey experts have always wanted to bottle the essence of Scotland – the inspiration behind the launch from Golden Decanters. The new collection consists of cask-strength whiskies that epitomize the sublime combination of age and beauty. Each of the four major distilling regions of Scotland is represented in one of the single malt whiskeys. The Highlands – with a 19-year-old Ben Nevis, which is a vibrant blend of wood, spice, and fruit. The Lowlands – with a 22-year-old Auchentoshan, which is deep, rich, and surprisingly full-bodied. Islay is represented by a 26-year-old Bowmore, which is a deceptively sweet single malt with a dry, elegant smokiness midpalate. And Speyside’s offers a 34-year-old Glenlivet that highlights the brand’s delicate sweetness without any overly woody notes—a surprise considering its age.

Each of the four bottles is delicately etched by Glencairn Crystal with a scene of Scotland’s finest pursuits —golf, hunting, fishing, and Highland cattle. The design itself is replicated on the handcrafted American oak boxes in which the bottles are housed. 180 numbered sets were created, of which more than 40 have already been sold since the launch in October. The four whiskies are sold as a set, for about $9,161. Golden Decanters has already announced a second release, with more to come, including a possible U.S. exclusive.

A pleasant pastime for wealthy buyers would be the guided distillery tours that the company offers to its customers who make their way to Scotland. An even more immersive experience is available over the course of two weeks to take in all of Scotland’s castles, fine restaurants, and distilleries. The Golden Decanters whiskies are included in the excursion package, the price of which is available on request.

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Gesucht! Besitzer von 380 Millionen Euro

Der Powerball Jackpot hat den magischen Betrag von 380 Millionen Euro erreicht und jeder hat die Chance, ihn zu gewinnen. Das Beste von allem – es braucht so wenig.

Diese Woche ist es an einem glücklichen Spieler, Multimillionär zu werden!

Es muss nicht immer schwer sein an einen der begehrten Powerball Tippscheine zu gelangen da Sie ganz bequem vom Computer oder Mobiltelefon spielen können. Denken Sie daran, dass Lotto spielen keinerlei Fachwissen benötigt und Sie mit Hilfe Ihrer Lieblingszahlen am nächsten Tag als Multimillionär aufwachen können!

Der Jackpot erhöht sich bei jedem Mal an dem die richtige Zahlenkombination nicht getroffen wurde. Da der Jackpot bereits seit mehreren Wochen nicht gewonnen wurde, hat sich dieser auf ganze 380 Millionen hoch gewuchtet. Tendenz steigend! – Derzeit verkaufen wir täglich tausende Tickets, sagt Marcus Johansson von Multilotto.

Sie können Ihren Powerball Tippschein bis Mittwoch 23:59 einreichen, die Auslosung ist am Donnerstagmorgen 04:59.

Machen Sie mit bei der Jagd um den Jackpot – hier klicken um Powerball zu spielen.

Derzeit bietet Multilotto allen Neukunden einen Gratis Tippschein beim Kauf eines weiteren,
Das bedeutet Sie zahlen lediglich € 3,50 für zwei Zeilen (statt € 7). Es gibt keinen Grund zu warten, der Jackpot kann Morgen früh bereits geknackt werden, was sind deine Glückszahlen?

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America’s new most expensive “Billionaire” mansion lists for $250 million

A new over-the-top development is on the market from developer Bruce Makowsky the likes of which have been seen in the high end of the Los Angeles real estate market. The Luxury home builder and handbag tycoon is previously been known to have sold a property for $70m in 2015, and has now listed a new home for the spectacular price of $250 million.

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The 38,000-square-foot property, located in the wealthy enclave of Bel Air, is known as the most expensive home ever listed for sale in the U.S. It consists of 21 bathrooms and three whole gourmet kitchens along with two spacious master suites and 10 additional guest suites. The property also includes a 17,000 square-foot entertainment deck, 6 bars, a bowling alley lounge, 2 wine-champagne cellars, a private fitness center, home theatre, and a glass tile infinity swimming pool.

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Bel Air’s new estate for the ultra-affluent comes completely furnished. A unique twist is added by the fact that aside from the high-end furniture, this includes a collection of 12 super rare, vintage cars in the “auto gallery,” estimated at $30 million as well as 100 art installations, including a larger-than-life Leica camera.

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The price also includes a service team of 7 full-time staff members (including a chef, chauffeur, and masseuse), paid-for for two years and the helicopter featured in the 1980s TV show Airwolf.

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With sweeping 270-degree view of the L.A. skyline, ocean, and mountains, the home is expected to attract the interest of about 3,000 buyers, who are able to afford the wildly over-the-top home.

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For more information about this outstanding property check out our shop.

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The Most Expensive American Whiskey

In 2013 when Michter’s released its Celebration Sour Mash whiskey at $4,000 per bottle, it was an exquisite experience to obtain one of the 273 bottles available. Now, there is an even pricier whiskey that spirit connoisseurs can appreciate. The second batch of the palatable liquid is the 2016 Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash. Put together by Willie Pratt before he retired, the new blend retails at $5,000 for a bottle—a bit pricier than its predecessor. There are only 256 bottles released worldwide, making it a rare treat.

As Joseph Magliocco, Michter’s president, puts it – this is far more than another whiskey for the luxury market. “With Celebration,” he says, “we wanted to make an American whiskey that’s as good as anything being made anywhere else in the world. And I think we’ve succeeded.” For this reason an entirely new blend of six different Kentucky straight bourbons and ryes, aged from 10 to almost 33 years, was created. It was then bottled at cask strength, 58.4 percent alcohol by volume. The result has the texture of bourbon, with rich caramel, vanilla, and honey notes, but evolves like a rye, dry and spicy, with lots of oak on the long, dry finish. Michter’s trademark big, powerful flavor profile is also there, but the combination of the whiskeys in the blend make it resonate even deeper on the palate, with greater complexity.

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The packaging of the new blend is similar to the 2013 Celebration. An elegant red wood-and-leather box contains the bottle; the 18-karat gold on both the stopper and the label was applied in France. There is a drawer beneath the bottle with a wax-sealed envelope with a letter signed by Willie Pratt for a personal touch.

To find out more about the world’s most luxurious drinks check out some of our previous posts such as World’s most expensive beverages – part 1, World’s most expensive beverages – part 2 and The best whiskeys to drink this summer.

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The Unspoiled Beauty of Africa’s Forgotten Islands

This year holiday-goers can ditch mainstream locations like the Maldives, St. Barts and the French Riviera for something a bit more exotic and a lot more exclusive – the lesser known São Tomé & Príncipe is one of Africa’s smallest nations, stretching across 1,000 square kilometers of landmass and with a population of less than 200,000. However, with some of the richest biodiversity on Earth, its emerging tourism sector is quickly harnessing the scenic islands’ untapped potential.

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Bom Bom Island Resort located on Príncipe Island provides an idyllic setting for guests to marvel at pristine lagoons and dramatic mountain tops while kicking it back in modern bungalows that overlook the sea. With famous chefs and a 24-hour service staff – guests are treated to the better life and can even sneak a peek into how some of the best chocolate in the world is harvested at the at the Terreiro Velho plantation of Claudio Corallo.

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This is a travel destination that is unique for two reasons – the natural surroundings and the people. The luxurious simplicity of the rooms allows guests to have a more harmonious experience and enjoy the emerald green water and private beaches instead of getting lost in modern amenities. This is pure relaxation and becoming one with Nature at starting price of $1450 per person/night.

Bom Bom is quickly rising to fame on the international tourist scene as it is not just another overly-developed resort, remaining a tranquil place, where you can surrender to the charm and the natural beauty of this hidden gem of Africa.

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Ivanka Trump’s art collection

Ivanka Trump’s apartment, which is a frequent topic of discussion in magazines, is the epitome of refined contemporary taste. It is the place, where vintage accents meet funky light fixture by contemporary designers and plenty of custom-made furniture for an overall aesthetic of low-key affluence.

However, the true worth of Ivanka’s real estate haven lies in the works of art that hang on the walls. From a Dan Colen “chewing gum” painting, valued work sold for $578,500 at Phillips New York in 2012. Another impressive piece is a “bullet hole” silkscreen by Nate Lowman – a similar one sold for $665,000 in 2013 at Sotheby’s in New York. Ivanka’s dining room is accentuated by a painting by well-known painter Alex Israel. A similar painting by Israel sold for $581,000 in 2014 at Phillips New York.

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A series of prints by conceptual artist John Baldessari, as well as a massive work by art-market juggernaut Christopher Wool, complements a small piece by the up-and-coming artist Will Boone, prints by photographer Mariah Robertson, and a small, colorful abstract painting by the young art-world star Alex Da Corte.

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Much of Trump’s art was purchased with the assistance of adviser Alex Marshall. Most wealthy, aspiring collectors turn to art advisers for recommendations about what to buy, and to gain access to work that would be unavailable to art-world outsiders.