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

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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.

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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.

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Inside ridiculously expensive yachts and villas loved by the super-rich

Spending outrageous amounts on privately-chartered flights, luxurious super yachts and large rented estates is the norm for the ultra-wealthy when they’re vacationing around the globe. No expense is spared when it comes to holidays and sunny Ibiza seems to be at the top of the preferred destinations. The tropical island has everything for a relaxed and discreet time, including a £19-million villa that can be rented out for complete privacy and exclusivity.

luxurious villa

luxurious villa

Situated in a gated community, the fabulous estate boasts such spectacular features like an open-plan kitchen that opens into the outside infinity pool and 360-degree views of the bay and ocean. Amongst some of the more famous neighbours are mega rich CEOs as well as celebrities Kate Moss and Madonna. Of course, at £19 million, the holiday home is not for everyone, but there is also the option to rent it for £70,000 a week. It has a cinema room, a gym and separate service quarters, and is located in a part of town dubbed ‘Disneyland for adults’.

luxurious villa

luxurious villa

Getting to Ibiza is another thing the rich do differently than regular people with private yachts whose price easily reaches £150 million. With an average crew of 30 people, maintenance costs can skyrocket the price of owning one pretty quickly. Recent years have seen more and more celebrities and wealthy individuals preferring to rent super yachts for up to 100,000 Euros (£70,000) a week instead of investing in owning their own. With spacious bedrooms, closet space, on-board kitchens, dens and entertainment rooms – guests can spend up to weeks at sea without getting bored.

£50-million super yacht Fathom, property to hotelier Vikram Chatwal, is amongst the more popular vessels to be rented out as its lavish interior meets all needs of celebrities, entrepreneurs and royal families alike. Sailing on board of Fathom is likened to a stay at a 6-star hotel in London or Dubai with round-the-clock service to ensure guests enjoy their stay while retaining their privacy.


 luxurious villa


$48.4 million Blue Moon Diamond shatters action record

The world’s priciest diamond was reportedly bought by Hong Kong billionaire for the record-breaking sum of $48.4 million at Sotheby’s highly-publicized auction. Various jewellers have dubbed the ‘Blue moon’ – the more expensive gemstone to have ever been sold, regardless of colour and size.

blue moon diamond Fetching the highest price per carat ($4 million per carat), the cushion-shaped diamond is a true work of wonder with its flawless construction and brilliant clarity. No other gemstone comes even close to its characteristics and considerable size, and the blue undertone is considered among the rarest nuances to be found in nature.
Its magnificent beauty and impressive 16.08 carats broke the previous record held by a record-selling gemstone, which was the 24.78-carat “Graff Pink” again auctioned by Sotheby’s for $46.2 million in 2010.

blue moon diamond The Blue Moon Diamond was discovered in South Africa in January 2015 and makes a worthy contribution to the market of coloured gemstones, which has grown exponentially in recent years. Its clarity and colour place it at the top of the grading scale as its combination of valuable characteristics is truly remarkable. The rare diamond was given a name worthy of its exceptional beauty and rarity, although shortly after purchase Chinese tycoon Joseph Lau, who was the highest bidder, renamed it in honour of his 7-year old daughter to “The Blue Moon of Josephine.” Internally flawless, the jewel is another spectacular find at the famous Cullinan mine in South Africa, despite the fact that it accounts for less than 0.1 of the world’s diamond output. Property of Cora International, the place is infamous for the rare coloured gemstones that have been unearthed in the past there.

blue moon diamond Assessment of the impeccable diamond continued for five months while it was still a rough stone and passed through various stages until all of its characteristics could be inspected and verified. Three more months were then necessary to sculpt and shape the Blue Diamond to its sophisticated elegance through advanced technology.

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The ultimate Christmas feast – a £10,000 pudding covered with gold leaves

It’s that time of the year again and top chefs and exclusive brands are rolling out Christmas-themed products that are sure to become the center of attention at any gathering. This time Matt Worswick – a Michelin-star cook- has challenged himself to reinvent the beloved pudding into a feast worthy of any millionaire’s table.

The Ultimate Millionaire Christmas Pudding is offered to guests at the exclusive Wirral’s Thornton Hall Hotel for the hefty price of £10,000. Its extravagant nature makes it a real treat as preparing it at home will require splashing on ingredients that are come to about £16,000. Some of the ingredients that give the pud its signature taste and look include the Remy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl 140th Anniversary brand brandy, which retails for £14,995. The limited special edition series of the highly-prized beverage is kept in exceptional tierçon, which gives it a unique flavor, where the touch of the oak intertwines with that of the apricot, yellow raisin, pear, honey and saffron for a spectacular and scrumptious experience.

gold leaf puddingThe explosive fruity flavor of the limited cognac comes together nicely with the 23-karat gold leaf, worth £1,000, the pudding is coated in. The frosty icing is an edible silver spray for £200 and that doesn’t include any of the other ingredients used in the fancy desert. It then sends eight hours of simmering to allow for all flavors to come together into a single explosion of taste and texture.

gold leaf puddingAn individual serving of the pudding at the Wirral’s Thornton Hall Hotel costs £2,500 and is a true representation of the generous and indulgent spirit of Christmas. Ultimately, this is so much than just a simple desert as it perfectly embodies the star chef’s journey to creating the most festive, scrumptious and decadent pudding recipe for the festive season.

If you are looking for the ingredients:

  • 400ml of XO brandy
  • 450g beef suet
  • 335g breadcrumbs
  • 335g dark brown sugar
  • 450g currants
  • 450g golden sultanas
  • 450g raisins
  • 225g chopped almonds
  • 8 prunes
  • 100g dates
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1 large bramley apple grated
  • Pinch of table salt
  • 1 tsp mixed spiced
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 lemon zest and juice
  • 1 orange zest and juice
  • 8 kumquats
  • 2 ltr water
  • 2 kg Demerara sugar
  •  3 cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tin silver spray
  • 1 packet real gold leaf
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America’s most expensive home – $159 million Florida estate

Modelled after the opulent Palace of Versailles in France, a Hillsboro Beach, Florida mansion has hit the market for the whopping $159 million price tag. Nicknamed Le Palais Royal, it covers 60,500 square feet and features mind-blowing amenities, such as a go-kart track, bowling alley, nightclub, ice-skating rink and six waterfalls.

florida estate

The main residence is 95% complete, although finishing work is still being carried out on other structures. There is a subterranean garage with a capacity for 30 cars and a spectacular marble staircase that leads to the entrance of the main house. Other striking features that add to the extravagant price is the generously used gold leaf used throughout the estate as well as the wine cellar with a 3,000-bottle capacity, the IMAX 18-seat home theatre and the ,300-gallon built-in aquarium.

florida estate

florida estate

Taking nearly 7 years in design and planning, the luxurious waterfront estate consists of a main house with 11 rooms, two guesthouses and a subterranean entertainment complex. The main residence has a master suite with a heated plunge pool on the balcony. A 4,500-square-foot infinity pool can be found outside, beautifully complemented by the six cascading waterfalls – the tallest of which is 25 feet in height. There is also a swim-up bar as well as a water slide apart from a modern outdoor kitchen with a stone pizza oven.

florida estate

florida estateThe property itself rests between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway and has two private docks. Natural light is abundant in the mansion thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows and beautiful materials used. All rooms exhibit custom plaster moldings. There are several kitchens and ample storage space throughout the residence.

estate floridaThe smaller guesthouses share a pool and total 3,000 square feet combined, but the real gem is the underground entertainment complex. Still in construction, it is like nothing you would expect to see in a modern American home with a nightclub, an ice-skating ring, a bowling alley and a go-kart race track being planned.

Magnises Card Club

Magnises – the ultimate members-only club for millennials

A new social phenomenon is rising on the Lower East Side and more and more people want to be a part of it – Magnises, a kind of social club for the aspiring entrepreneurial class. Of course, there is a catch. Not just ‘anyone’ can join. Using the infamous black American Express Card as an inspiration and model, Magnises transfers the same approach to attract aspirational 20-somethings who want the cachet of the real thing, but can’t afford it.

event-1The original idea behind Magnises is to provide millennials with a more accessible (but still costly) version of the invite-only American Express Centurion card—or the “black card”—that carries a five-thousand-dollar initiation fee, twenty-five hundred dollars in annual dues, and a reported quarter-million-dollar annual spending limit.  And in a way it is working as the alternative has become “the hot new way to spend money among NYC’s young elite”.

Magnises Card Club

Technically, it is not so much a credit card, but rather a payment method since is simply takes the credit or debit card the member already uses and activates it to the metal Magnises card through the data on the magnetic strip. At the time of its launch the service was only intended for and aimed at New Yorkers, trying to make the most of life in the city. However, the start-up does plan to venture into other cities in the near future.

Magnises Card ClubWith an annual fee of $250, the card achieves its goal of being more attainable for 21-to-29 yearolds. The perks of the card are constantly increasing with Magnises currently having 50 memberships with the end goal of enhancing the members’ social life in general.  There is a wide variety of services to choose from – from private trainers in big gyms like David Barton to exclusive treatment in restaurants like La Esquina, Arlington Club, Omar’s, bars and nightclubs.

The clubhouse on Greenwich Avenue in the West Village serves as a home base for members, and provides a secluded and convenient place for discussions, casual conversations and meetings.

dubai indoor ski slope

World’s longest indoor ski slope in Dubai

Dubai is soon to witness the construction of the world’s longest indoor ski slope that will be situated inside a new complex. It will comprise the world’s tallest residential building, the largest dancing fountain and the aforementioned ski slope that will stretch for 1.2km. The first phase of the 40-million square foot complex is expected to be finished by 2020 and has an estimated cost of $6.8 billion.

Dubai indoor ski slope Other amenities will feature a 350-room luxurious hotel, a mall with 300 restaurants and a marina. The residential tower will stand at 2,333 feet and will be able to accommodate up to 78,000 residents. The multi-use destination is constructed with functionality and convenience in mind, housing everything under a single roof.
Getting there and enjoying the many amenities can be done in style and unparalleled comfort through the exclusive service of Etihad Airlines at the cost of $28,090.

Dubai indoor ski slopeTo prepare guests for the lavish flamboyance of the oil-rich capital, the airline’s fist-class ticket experience reaches new heights in luxury with private mini bars, 23-inch cinema screens, portioned suits and several course warm meals available on board. Opting for a flight on UAE’s other signature airline – Emirates – will cost you $30,000, but it’s worth mentioning this is the preferred choice of A-listers and VIP businessmen. The airline uses exclusively A380s, A340-500s and 777s that provide plenty of space for fully partitioned private suites that are equipped with mini bars, mattress beds, vanity tables and even on-board SPA and massage facilities.

Dubai indoor ski slopeAs part of the premium services of both airlines, flyers will be treated to an on-flight concierge team as well as private butlers. There is high-speed Wi-Fi, fully-equipped entertainment stations, live TV and broadband with internet mobile.

chopard gold collection

Chopard’s new Fairmined-gold diffusion line

Chopard is a brand that doesn’t shy away from taking bold risks and it’s one of the many reasons women find their ethereal creations so captivating and enchantingly different. Their newest collection marks an ambitious step in the company’s history with gold taken to a new level with an exclusive process of manufacture.

The Fairmined collection is diffusion line of charming, easy-to-wear pieces suitable for casual as well as more refined events and occasions. What is truly unique about Chopard’s newest line of luxurious jewellery (sustainable luxury – ethical gold) is the care and high attention to detail that goes in the process of making – to ensure purity of their creations every machine is stopped and washed before and after Fairmined gold is used to prevent any other type of gold getting mixed. This leads to the creation of truly exclusive and spellbinding pieces that are a suiting way to mark Chopard’s 60th anniversary.

chopard ethical gold

The Palme Verte collection consists of an intricate ring (priced at £1,770), delicate pendant (priced at £2,690), statement earrings (priced at £4,110) and a feminine bracelet (priced at £7,000). The leaf motif of the Palme d’Or trophy is a leading element in all of the pieces, bringing a certain ethereal charm to the collection. Available in 18-carat yellow gold as well as Fairmined white gold and pavé diamonds – it is a fitting way to mark the 60th anniversary of Chopard’s timeless creations gracing the red carpet at the Cannes Films Festival.

Gold is taken to a new level and every piece stands out with one-of-a-kind finesse and class without sporting the usual big gems that attract attention. The collection is a wonderful celebration of the delicate side of the female nature, which doesn’t need much to shine on its own. Or in the words of Chopard’s creative director: “it is a superb marriage between the fair and the very gorgeous.”