Monday, April 7, 2014

Shangri-La Hotels Launches PressReader

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents Shangri-La Hotels Launches PressReader.



Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will replace approximately two million complimentary print newspapers distributed annually to guests with environmentally-friendly digital versions beginning 29 March.

The Hong Kong-based luxury hotel group has partnered with PressReader, a digital newspaper and magazine service, to make connecting to Shangri-La and Kerry hotels and resorts’ free Wi-Fi even more edifying.


Guests will have unlimited, complimentary access to more than 2,000 local, regional and international publications from 100 countries in 60 languages.

To use the service, guests connect to the hotel Wi-Fi using their laptops, tablets or smartphones and go to PressReader.com or download the free PressReader app for Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Windows.


The service will be available in all Wi-Fi accessible areas in Shangri-La and Kerry hotels and resorts. Guests using the free Wi-Fi in hotel cars will also be able to access the service.

In addition to PressReader, Shangri-La will offer print editions of select newspapers upon request.


Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages more than 80 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 34,000. 

Source luxuo.com

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Orange Diamond Sells for $36 Million at Christie’s


The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents Orange Diamond Sells for $36 Million at Christie’s.


 A spectacular and rare orange diamond, the largest known gem of its kind, was on Tuesday auctioned for a record $35.54 million in Geneva.

“It’s a world record price for an orange diamond, it’s a world record price per carat for any coloured diamond,” the Christie’s auction house said.

The price works out at $2.4 million per carat, beating the previous record of $2.15 million for the Vivid Pink Diamond sold in Hong Kong in 2009.

The man who made the purchase swiftly got up and left the room to a round of applause. Christie’s did not reveal his identity.

The deep orange gemstone, found in South Africa, weighs a whopping 14.82 carats. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has handed it the top rating for coloured diamonds: “fancy vivid”.

Pure orange diamonds, also known as fire diamonds, are very uncommon and few have been auctioned, with the largest never more than six carats.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

America’s First Book Sells for Record $14 Million

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents "America’s First Book Sells for Record $14 Million".


The first book written in what is today the United States of America fetched $14.2 million in New York on Tuesday, becoming the world’s most expensive printed book sold at auction.

The translation of Biblical psalms “The Bay Psalm Book” was printed by Puritan settlers in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1640 and sold at a one-lot auction in just minutes by Sotheby’s.

The book, with its browning pages and gilt edges, was displayed in a glass case behind the auctioneer to a relatively small crowd which attended the less than five-minute auction in person.

The settlers, who came to America to seek religious freedom, had set about making their own preferred translation from the Hebrew original of the Old Testament book after arriving from Europe.


Sotheby’s named the buyer as David Rubenstein, the billionaire American financier and philanthropist. He was in Australia and his bid was conducted by telephone.

Sotheby’s had valued the book at $15-30 million, but denied any disappointment in the sale price reached Tuesday. The previous record was $11.5 million, reached when a copy of John James Audubon’s “Birds of America” (pictured below) sold at Sotheby’s in December 2010.

The world’s most expensive manuscript, the handwritten Codex Leicester, 72 pages of largely scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci, was bought by Bill Gates in 1994 for $30.8 million.


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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Million-dollar Batmobile replica for sale

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents Million-dollar Batmobile replica for sale.


A street-legal replica of the Batmobile, used in the Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale, has gone on sale for $1 million.

Based on the already iconic ‘Tumbler’ Batmobile from Christopher Nolan’s “Batman Begins” and the Dark Knight films, the car has been custom-built from the ground up as an almost perfect replica — externally anyway.

Under the sculpted body panels you’ll find a General Motors LS series V8 engine, but you won’t find a Bat Pod motorbike escape vehicle or self-destruct system.
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Instead, it’s been fitted with a decent stereo system, a DVD player, an iPod integration port and a global satnav system, all of which will probably be more useful in day-to-day situations of a non-crime-fighting nature.

Best of all in this regard are the cameras mounted around the car’s body to make it easier to maneuver along narrow streets and of course, to park.

The car sits on 44-inch wheels, complete with custom-built rims and, as it was built in the US, is available in left-hand-drive only. The company has built just five examples and each one has a $1 million price tag.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Ferrari 250 LM Sells for Record $14.3 Million

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents Ferrari 250 LM Sells for Record $14.3 Million.

 
A 1964 Ferrari 250 LM has sold for a record $14.3 million at the RM Auctions & Sotheby’s collaborative auction held in New York. It becomes the third most expensive Ferrari ever sold at auction.

It may take some doing to dislodge the car currently in first place, Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 Single-Seater, which sold in July for an incredible $29,650,095. Still, this Ferrari 250 LM, of which only 32 were ever built, is viewed as equally special to Prancing Horse aficionados.

It was the first Ferrari to use a mid-engine layout meaning that Mr Scaglietti could ‘go crazy’ with the body shell design, wrapping the panels round the shorter body and creating the Ferrari design principles that persist to this day.

And that engine, a 320-horsepower V12, was a technological and engineering marvel, blitzing the competition. All of which explains why the final price paid make the car the fourth most expensive in history — just behind two other Ferraris — a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider which sold this year for $27.5 million and a 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype which fetched $16.39 million in 2011.

These prices may sound incredible and suggest that a classic car bubble is about to burst, but the truth is that the prices paid at auction are usually much lower than those paid in private and brokered sales.

The Ferrari 250 GTO is the ultimate classic collectors’ car yet it never gets a chance to get as far as an auction and as a result they regularly change hands for upwards of $40 million.

So, as of today, the Top 10 most expensive cars ever sold at auction are:

1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 Single-Seater $29,650,095.
2. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider $27,500,000.
3. 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype $16,390,000.
4. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti $14,300,000.
5. 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ $12,812,800.
6. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa $12,402,500.
7. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster $11,770,000.
8. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione $11,275,000.
9. 1968 Ford GT40 $11,000,000.
10. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder $10,894,400.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

World’s most expensive Valentine’s Day dinner

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents World’s most expensive Valentine’s Day dinner.

 Have £61,000 kicking around and want to impress your Valentine this year? A luxury retail website has designed a Valentine’s Day dinner featuring some of the rarest ingredients on the planet and a Michelin-starred chef.


Created by the same folks who put together around-the-world trips to all 962 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a culinary odyssey to Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, the latest outrageously extravagant package from VeryFirstTo is an eight-course meal that would be prepared in the home by Michelin-starred British chef Adam Simmonds.

Predictably, the menu is designed as an aphrodisiacal experience that starts with oysters and Almus white caviar — a symbol of fertility — along with Pacific Bluefin tuna, foie gras, truffle salad and Wagyu beef.

Dishes are also paired with some of the finest wines in the world. Saffron risotto, for instance, is accompanied by a 1990 La Romanee-Conti, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, valued at £17,000 ($27,680).

To wash down the oysters, guests will sip on a £3,600 ($5,860) bottle of 1959 Salon Blanc de Blancs, that also comes with South Sea pearls.

To cap off the meal, guests will tuck into bowls of vanilla and smoke chocolate Kopi Luwak ice cream.

Kopi Luwak - known as the most expensive coffee in the world – is actually coffee berries extracted from the feces of the Asian civet cat.


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Monday, January 27, 2014

The world’s most expensive Christmas pudding

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents The world’s most expensive Christmas pudding.

A luxury retailer has created an extraordinarily decadent Christmas pudding recipe for those who love the traditional British dessert and have a spare £23,500 ($38,500) lying around.


Soaked in a 200-year-old Cognac, topped with a gold coin, and prepared by the former pastry chef of The Savoy Hotel London, the world’s most expensive Christmas pudding can serve up to 12 people.

The pudding is being sold by the same British luxury retailer that created around-the-world tours of all the three Michelin-starred restaurants in the world and travel packages of UNESCO-themed heritage sites, VeryFirstTo.com.

What makes the pudding so expensive? The dessert is made with a bottle of Duret 1810 Cognac valued at £10,890 ($17,717) which was produced during the pre-Phylloxera era, also known as the Great French Wine Blight, when a mite destroyed a swath of French vineyards.

Other spirits used in the recipe include a Perez Barquero Solera 1905 Sherry and an 1834 Marsala wine. The pudding is also studded with organic Ajwa dates and rare Mamra almonds from Iran.

To create the exorbitant dessert, VeryFirstTo recruited Martin Chiffers, currently the executive pastry chef of Chiffers Shop at Mitsukoshi Ginza Tokyo and the president of the UK Pastry Team for the World Pastry Cup. Previously he was the pastry chef of The Savoy Hotel London.

Topping the dessert is a coin worth £7,500 ($12,200) that shows the angel Gabriel facing the Virgin Mary and the Latin cross on the reverse side.

The pudding also comes with 10 silver threepences dating back to 1762, valued at £70 ($114).

Placing a threepence in a Christmas pudding is an age-old custom to bring wealth in the coming year, says VeryFirstTo. The remaining alcohols and presentation boxes are also included with the dessert.

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