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Wayne Gretzky’s California mansion on sale for $8.2million

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzsky’s Los Angeles estate Thousand Oaks has hit the market for $8.2million. the 8,711-square-foot mansion with spectacular architecture and interior design features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, pool, Jacuzzi and sauna and can be further customized.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Located only 45 minutes away from the city, the hilltop property stretches across one acre of land with plenty of open floor planning. It is situated on a single floor behind the gates of Sherwood Country Club. Surrounded by the abundant greenery of Topanga State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains, the estate benefits from excellent privacy, peace and tranquility – ideal for a family home.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

The dramatic entrance carved from stone boasts a tri-level fountain with wrought iron benches and perfectly manicured shrubs and bushes. The outdoor pool is illuminated and perfect for night dips and entertaining guests. There is generous seating area around it with lounges and decks, including an open living room, kitchen and dining area.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Beautiful English-style crown moldings and wainscoting on the ceilings adorn the interior of the house for a perfect balance between contemporary aesthetics and 19th century style. Lush lawns surround the pool on either side. The al fresco kitchen, dining and living areas have stand-coloured walls and a laid-back rustic ambiance. The kitchen is fitted with quality stainless steel appliances.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

All rooms feature unique chandeliers with beautiful designs, classic recessed ceiling moldings and stone or hardwood floors. The house has ample closet space and most of the bedrooms have fireplaces. All six bedrooms overlook the pool and surrounding greenery, and have ample space and light.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

There is an indoor gym, pre-wired with Surround Sound like the rest of the rooms, and a wood-paneled sauna inside the bathroom of the master bedroom. The sitting room has a classy, old world feel with its woodpaneling and waitscoting.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

harmony of the seas

Inside the best new cruise ships of 2016

Three spectacular beauties will grace the seas in 2016, including the world’s largest cruise ship the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. The all-suite vessels will feature a whole array of luxurious amenities, such as Spas with snow rooms, helicopter pods and the first IMAX theatre at sea to name a few.

The newest ultra-luxury ship, Encore, courtesy of Seabourn will boast 300 suites and plenty of space for 600 guests. It is scheduled to make first cruise from Greece with a number of itinerary options, including a 60-day journey to Sydney, Australia. What is unique about the smaller cruise ship is the highly personalized service that has been promised. There is nearly one service person per passenger, which means the staff will be able to maintain exemplary service.

encore seabourn

encore seabourn

Harmony of the Seas is already making headlines for being the largest passenger ship. It will feature a 10-storey thrill ride, called the Ultimate Abyss, which will be the largest slide at sea at 150ft above sea level. In addition to the slide the on-board water park will have plenty of other amenities for gests to enjoy. Spanning across 16 decks, Harmony of the Seas will have the capacity to carry 5,497 passengers.

harmony of the seas

harmony of the seas cruise

harmony of the seas cruise

Another pearl is the much-anticipated Koningsdam that is scheduled to launch in May and will be the largest vessel in Holland America Line’s fleet. With a capacity of 2,650 passengers its luxurious interior will feature a two-tiered nightclub dubbed The Queen’s Lounge.

Koningsdam cruises

Koningsdam

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is a cruise that many people are anxiously anticipating for its futuristic features and mind-blowing amenities. Guests will be able to enjoy a skydiving simulator as well as robotic bartenders that mix drinks on demand. Another striking service will be the North Star – a pod that is attached to an arm for 360-degree views of the ocean.

Ready for that luxurious cruise now?

Stunning Mountain Modern Ski Escape

A $14,450,00 modern ski escape

Nestled in Park City UT USA is a magnificent estate of breath-taking architectural aesthetic and value. The contemporary ski chalet priced at $14,450,000 US dollars is a definite must-have for those who enjoy peace, tranquillity, serene landscapes and excellent quality ski slopes. It is the ultimate holiday getaway for the winter time.

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

With a total of  20309 Sq Ft of which 1887 constitute the living space, it has 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms (some of which en-suit), open-plan kitchen and living room and plenty of entertainment facilities. The super interior design makes most of the available space and the house is flooded with natural light amidst the aspens and pines that surround it. Natural fixtures, wood tiles and granite are used throughout to accentuate the natural, ‘simpler’ way of living without taking away from any of the luxuries. State-of-the-art appliances are fitted in the kitchen and there is an integrated smart surround system for entertainment.

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

The spectacular estate is located just the base of the Flat Iron lift, which is extremely convenient. There are also multiple outdoor areas to enjoy both during summer and winter. Designed by renowned architect Michael Upwall – the modern home balances understated elegance and livable warmth through the use of natural materials and clean, austere architecture.

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

Ever since it hit the market, the property has attracted quite a bit of attention from potential buyers who also happen to be avid winter sports enthusiasts. Some of the house’s more spectacular features are an indoor lift, Jacuzzi, bar, movie theatre room and spacious walk-in closets. Guests will be able to enjoy themselves indoors as well as outdoors with so many possibilities for entertainment. All rooms are exquisitely furnished and have fireplaces for additional warmth and ambiance.

In the event of an emergency the house even has its own escape tunnel.

luxury estate park city utah

blue diamond josephine

The biggest jewellery sales of 2015

2015 saw a few record-breaking sales in the world of high-end jewellery with auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s sharing details on the most striking stones that were purchased at auctions. Sapphires, striking red rubies, and pink diamonds were the gemstones that made headlines the previous year and there were some truly unique finds that exhibited exceptional qualities and were promptly picked up by connoisseurs and collectors. In total, sales of precious jewels came to $214 million and there were quite a few that broke records in terms of size, clarity and brilliance.

The Blue Moon of Josephine

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Undoubtedly, the most famous blue diamond of 2015, the 13.02-carat stone was sold to a Hong Kong billionaire for $48,468,158 by Sotheby’s. He reportedly bought it for his 7-yearold daughter and named it after her. This price is by far the largest anyone has ever paid for a diamond of any colour and size.

Ruby and Diamond Ring

ruby and diamond cartier

Cartier’s 25.59-carat ring wields a flawless and extremely rare ruby stone as well as 2.47 and 2.70 diamonds, which explains its $30,335,698 price tag. It made headlines for being the first coloured gemstone to sell for more than $1 million per carat at auction and it went to an undisclosed buyer.

The Sweet Josephine

sweet josephine diamond

Another spectacular buy for Hong Kong billionaire’s daughter Josephine as the name reveals. The 16.08-carat pink diamond ring was sold for $28,523,925 at Christie’s.

Emerald-Cut Diamond

emerald-cut diamond

A 100.20-carat ring with more than perfect proportions and clarity was sold at Sotheby’s auction for the record sum of $22,090,000 to an undisclosed buyer.

The Crimson Flame

crimson flame diamond

The 15.04-carat ring is unique with its deep vivid colour, explained as pigeon blood red and considered very rare to be found naturally. It was sold for $18,372,913 at Christie’s.

The Historic Pink

historic pink diamond

The 8.72-carat ring has a rich history behind it as it is believed to have been part of Princess Mathilde de Bonaparte’s collection. Kept in a bank vault since the 1940s, it was sold for $15,903,422 at Sotheby’s.

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Inside Obama’s luxurious $3,500 per night holiday home

The luxurious Hale Reena multi-million dollar estate located in Kailua has been the favoured holiday home of the Obamas lately and for good reasons. Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an Asian-style koi pond stretch over 7,000 square feet of manicured land, available for rent at $3,500 a night.

hale reena obama holiday

There are many amenities guests can enjoy, including a relaxing spa, pool, outdoor lanai and even a steam room. The two-week Christmas stay at the Asian-inspired estate cost the Presidential family $56,000 and they only chose Hale Reena because their preferred $10,000-a night Plantation Estate was unavailable.

hale reena obama holiday

Hale Reena, nicknamed the ‘second White House’ is truly spectacular with its spacious rooms, chef’s kitchen, open spaces, nature-inspired interior and many amenities to entertain guests. The oceanfront property is located in a private part of Kailua, offering stunning views of the beautiful Moluka Islands and sufficient privacy even for the First Family of America.

hale reena obama holiday

Guests can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere by taking a dip in the nature-inspired pool or lounge in the outdoor lanai. Located nearby are a golf course and the famous Koko Head hiking trail.

hale reena obama holiday

The estate is surrounded by a large deck that provides plenty of seating area to enjoy panoramic views of the ocean. All rooms are furnished with a low-key, modern aesthetic in mind and boast wooden panels, quality fabrics and more. The famous Morimotos in Waikiki restaurant is located nearby and offers fantastic dishes prepared by Masaharu Morimoto of the Food Network show ‘Iron Chef’.

hale reena obama holiday

Hale Reena exhibits a strong Asian theme with perfectly manicured and harmonious outdoor gardens, featuring a small bridge, stones and exotic plants. It is the ideal spot for a luxurious, low-key vacation for people who value their privacy, but want to be within short distance of  modern amenities and places for entertainment.

hale reena obama holiday

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955

10 Artworks totalling $1 Billion

The annual art auction sale held at Sotheby’s New York contains some intriguing and valuable lots with a collective worth of $996 million. While there is no particular trend or tendency towards certain artist or period, an increasing mixture of contemporary art and classic works has seen an increase in public interest with modern names like Jeff Koons, Alexander Calder, and Andy Warhol constituting one of the 300 lots estimated at around $89 million. The record-breaker for the month of November was a $3.4 million oil painting by Roy Lichtenstein sold by Sotheby’s. The most sought-after works of art for December are:

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), 1955

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955

Its asking price is $179,365,000 at Christie’s and it’s a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings made by the famous Spanish artist. Version O is the final painting in the Eugène Delacroix- inspired series and was completed in 1955.

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917-1918

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917-1918

This painting caused quite a bit of controversy earlier in 2015 when it was publically exhibited at Christie’s New York gallery. The notorious painting is one of a series of nude portraits commissioned by the Polish art dealer Leopold Zboroswki and currently sold for $170,405,000.

Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964

Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964

Another painting by Roy Lichtenstein made it into December’s lot with the artist’s unique style becoming increasingly popular. Inspired by the signature style of 90s comic books, the masterpiece celebrate the bold new imagery of art and has an asking price of $95,365,000.

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1958

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1958

The bizarre, but bold and impressive Mark Rothko piece captivates with simplicity and clarity of composition. He is known for the vibrancy of his paintings, achieved through very few materials as evidenced by the No.10, sold for $81,925,000.

Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968

Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968

Another striking example of contemporary art at its finest – Cy Twombly’s chalkboard picture exits architectural aesthetic and wonderful chaotic allure. It is sold for $70,530,000 at Sotheby’s.

The list complete:

Alberto Giacometti, L’homme au doigt, 1947, sold for $141,285,000 at Christie’s.

Alberto Giacometti, L'homme au doigt, 1947

Pablo Picasso, La Gommeuse, 1901, sold for $67,450,000 at Sotheby’s.

Pablo Picasso, La Gommeuse, 1901

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille), 1938, sold for $67,365,000 at Christie’s.

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille), 1938

Vincent van Gogh, L’Allée des Alyscamps, 1888, sold for $66,330,000 at Sotheby’s.

Vincent van Gogh, L'Allée des Alyscamps, 1888

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, 1994, sold for $56,165,000 at Christie’s.

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, 1994

patek watch

10 vintage watch icons on auction

Christie’s New York final watch auction for the year boasts an impressive 193-piece catalog featuring a wide array of models. Renowned brand Patek Philippe is heavily featured in the sale with some of their finest and rarest watches. Here’s a more detailed look at the top 5 timepieces that are worth your time and money.

Audemars Piguet Ref. 5516 Perpetual Calendar (Lot 162)

audemars piguet

With only nine watches of this model ever created, the uniquely rare model is truly a timepiece worthy of any collection. Its iconic status is defined by the fact that it was the first to feature a perpetual calendar with a leap year on the dial. Its estimated price is between $150,000 and $300,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5020 (Lot 191)

Patek Philippe

Although it was not too popular when it was first presented to the public, today the perpetual calendar chronograph boasts certain elegance and classic appeal that is prized amongst connoisseurs. The white gold watch exhibits refined class and is estimated to cost between $200,000 and $300,000.

Breguet Dive Watch (Lot 120)

breguet

This dive watch is particularly rare and made in the far-away 1962. It has a black dial with luminous markers and a script Breguet signature at 12 o’clock. A bakelite bezel provides an elegant finish to the entire composition. The signature Breguet Dive Watch is expected to cost between $60,000 and $80,000.

 Steel Ref. 1463 (Lot 188)

Patek Philippe

The brand has been known to favour steel in its watches and only a few models in the early 20s were made in other materials. This classic 1463 chronometer sports Breguet numerals as well as an elegant tachymeter scale around the edge of the dial. The price is estimated to be between $180,000 and $280,000.

Patek Philippe Ref. 2497 (Lot 63)

patek philippe

A beautiful minimal model with classic appearance and refined elegance. The yellow-gold 1953 watch has some surprisingly modern features, such as a moonphase and date indicators. Its price is in the region of $200,000 to $400,000.

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Ultimate holiday gifts for billionaires

When money is not an issue the 2015 gift list can really bring some holiday cheer to the world’s super rich. The amazing selection of presents is all about personalization and exclusivity, which in the world of the ultra-wealthy are among the things that matter the most. For all the billionaires you need to surprise this season, here are some amazing ideas that will surely make them feel special and loved.

The First Omega Speedmaster

omega speedmaster

A unique timepiece is always a classy and safe choice for a present. Especially when the watch in question is NASA’s personal choice for sending their finest men into space and James Bond’s own brand of preference. The Omega 2915-1 Speedmaster was the first of its kind – the very epitome of timeless elegance – marking the beginning of an iconic line of pieces set to change the world of horology. Its estimated price is between $100,000 and $150,000.

Rodin’s ‘L’Éternel Printemps’

l'éternel printemps

Rich people are known for their appreciation of art and the crafts, so this is an original and impressive gift idea that won’t go unappreciated. Originally created for Dante’s iconic Gates of Hell – the allegorical doorway leading to Hades’ domain – was later re-imagined as an individual piece and became one of Rodin’s most famous romantic sculptures. Sothebys announced it is set to include the famous piece in its December auction with an estimated price of $489,000 to $597,000.

A Wine Château in Saint-Émilion

Wine Château in Saint-Émilion

Giving the term ‘holiday getaway’ a whole new meaning, this season with this over-the-top offer of a picturesque estate located in Bordeaux. The lucrative property comes with 46.7 acres of vines, four wineries and a part of the historic grand cru Saint-Émilion. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and spectacular laws. Asking price for the estate is only $5,190,424.

london penthouse

Huge London penthouse goes on sale for £8.9million

A spectacular penthouse overlooking the Thames is one of the hottest properties on the London market for its central location and elegant interior. With an asking price of £8.9 million, the four-bedroom apartment has a total of 4,600 square feet of space and is just a short walk from the Globe theatre and Tate Modern.london penthouselondon penthouse Spread across two whole floors, the penthouse comprises two underground spaces, four bedrooms, a library, a study, private balcony terraces, kitchen and dining room and several bathrooms. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer panoramic views of the London skyline and overlook such historic sites as St Paul’s Cathedral. Located in Benbow House, there is a 24-hour concierge service.

london penthouseThe four bedrooms are situated on the last floor, underneath the roof in a loft conversion style. Wood panels are generously fitted throughout the apartment for a natural and elegant feel. The spare use of walls in the living room and dining area allows light to flood the premises and create an open, airy feel.

london penthouse

london penthouseTogether with the prime location and cutting-edge design, the penthouse has attracted a lot of interest from wealthy buyers for its modern, naturalistic style. The kitchen is fitted with state-of-the-art appliances, including a wine refrigerator that maintains optimum temperature.

london penthouseThe sought-after location boasts some of the priciest properties on the London market, attracting buyers from Russia, China and the Middle East.

london penthouseThe unique style of the property is a combination of wooden floors, ample spaces and minimalistic aesthetic to create an urban haven that is both luxurious and naturalistic.

london penthouseWith views of the river and London skyline it is also the ultimate spot for hosting dinner parties and entertaining guests on the spacious balconies. There are plenty of amenities within a walking distance, which include the British Film Institute, Royal Festival Hall and the National Theatre.

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The £26,000 cocktail kit for Rolls Royce

Internationally-known brand Rolls-Royce has rolled out 15 bespoke hand-built cocktail kits just in time for the holiday season. What would make the ideal gift for him is a high-quality set that consists of platinum-rimmed glassware and an engraved drink strainer sold at the price of £26,000.

rolls royce cocktail kit

The top-of-the-range design of the luxurious kit is handcrafted from high-quality American walnut wood and accentuated with unmarked leather. It is specifically designed to keep the utensils from shaking when moved. Every single piece of the set has been painstakingly handcrafted with the glassware featuring a platinum rim.

rolls royce cocktail kit

There are various hidden compartments that contain a recipe book, right, and a set of high-quality Egyptian cotton napkins. The upper portion of the hamper is where the tumblers, decanters, a shaker and smaller utensils are kept — including an engraved strainer and the muddler. They are securely stored on a moveable rack that can be locked if not used. For a light snack – two dishes are included on lower rack of the hamper, on the side of the ice bucket.

rolls royce cocktail kit

All of the glassware is made by Theresienthal – Europe’s most renowned glassmaker and supplier of many of the Continent’s Royal Courts – and feature platinum rims. The leather finishes of the kit are from bulls and sourced from high altitude to ensure the highest possible quality.

A book of exquisite cocktail recipes inspired by the marque’s heritage also comes with the elegant set, which is illuminated by an automatic light that recreates the soft glow of a cocktail bar. The discreet glass tray is located underneath the integrated wooden chopping board and completes the luxurious experience.

rolls royce cocktail kit

As with every other Rolls-Royce product, the cocktail kit represents an expression of personal tastes and lifestyle that include only the finest things in life. The accessory can be further personalized and feature additional objects to reflect the client’s intimate understanding of elegance, comfort and luxury.