Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Gold Standard: RR Palm Edition 999 by Mansory

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Can a car really be worth its weight in gold? Well, this Ferrari proved that it was possible last year so only time will tell for the Mansory Palm Edition 999, which began life as a ‘regular’ Rolls-Royce Wraith. The German customization company claims that this edition redefines the boundaries of automotive opulence.

The car, which really illustrates how to make a factory-issue Rolls-Royce Wraith look ordinary, has been dubbed the Palm Edition 999 for two reasons. The first is a reference to 999 pure gold; and the second is to the number of completely bespoke Wraiths the company intends to build based on this golden theme – just nine.

Collectors love exclusivity for sure and that might make this model more sought after, which is why Mansory is going for the gold standard in terms of customization. The exterior boasts a two-tone white and gold paint finish and each of the badges has been recreated in a 999 pure gold finish. No, that is not the end of this shiny tale.

The body is noticeably different too. News reports indicate that it has been aerodynamically overhauled with new front and rear spoilers and aprons and side skirts in Mansory’s customary carbon fiber. Potential owners can also specify any metallic exterior fitting, from the door handles to the radiator grille and even the Spirit of Ecstasy itself, plated in 999 pure gold.

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Now the typical Rolls-Royce is already the equivalent of putting wheels on your living room and whizzing about – if you are Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and have living rooms to spare in your palace. The Edition 999, with all that gold, skirting, spoilers and such will make what is already a heavyweight into something unmanageable but Mansory has a solution for this. The base Rolls-Royce Wraith is already the most potent Rolls-Royce currently on general sale, but Mansory has upped the car’s output of 632PS to 740PS (that’s roughly 729 horses). This means that despite dripping in gold, this car is capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds and tops out at 300km/h.

Inside the gold theme and the pure gold continue in abundance. The premium leather’s tone matches the exterior paintwork with gold colored embroidery while several cockpit elements have been recast in pure gold.

It’s not clear how positively the Rolls-Royce design department will respond to Mansory’s latest creation, but it will certainly pique the interest of the super-rich driver that has everything except a Wraith that looks significantly different from that of his or her neighbor.

After all, the German car customization business exists to provide services mainstream super sports and super luxury carmakers can’t or won’t offer. No word on the price here but Rolls-Royce sells the Wraith for about £449,128…

On that note, the Sultan of Brunei is known to own a Rolls-Royce plated with 24k gold, made just for him. Well, the Sultan is the one man who can make bespoke Mansory editions look pedestrian…

This report was compiled by in-house writers, in combination with a wire report and images from the AFP.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

World’s second largest diamond found in Africa


A 1,111 carat “high quality diamond” has been discovered at a mine in Botswana, said to be the biggest find in more than a century, according to the mine company. Larger diamonds have been found but those were not gemstone quality.

The Botswana gem, only second in size to the famous Cullinan diamond which was unearthered in South Africa in 1905, was mined by Lucara Diamond Corp.

“The magnificent stone, which originated from the south lobe of Lucara’s Karowe Mine, is the world’s second largest gem quality diamond ever recovered and largest ever to be recovered through a modern processing facility,” the Stockholm listed company said a statement.

Shares in Lucara shot up 34 percent to 14.2 kronor in morning Thursday trading in Stockholm.

Botswana is the world’s second biggest diamond producer, and Lucara said the gem was the largest ever to be recovered in the country.

“The significance of the recovery of a gem quality stone larger than 1,000 carats, the largest for more than a century….cannot be overstated,” said William Lamb, the President and chief executive of Lucara.

The stone is yet to be evaluated, but commodities and mining analyst Kieron Hodgson, said it has “the potential to be one very expensive diamond.”

“Valuation will depend on potential inclusions, how it would behave in cutting, optimal shape as well as final color,” he told AFP.

“All these things will need to be evaluated prior to bidding.”

The biggest diamond discovered is the 3,106-carat Cullinan, found near Pretoria in South Africa in 1905.

It was cut to form the Great Star of Africa and the Lesser Star of Africa, which are set in the Crown Jewels of Britain.

Lucara indicated on its website that the Karowe Mine had also this week turned up further finds — an 813 carat stone and a 374 carat stone, prompting Lamb to laud “an amazing week” for the company.

Source: luxuo.com

Monday, March 16, 2015

Princeton University gifted $300 million book collection

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents Princeton University gifted $300 million book collection.


Princeton University has been gifted an astonishing trove of rare books valued at nearly $300 million that includes the first six printed editions of the Bible and the original printing of the Declaration of Independence.

The book-loving philanthropist William Scheide, a Princeton alumnus who died aged 100 in November, has bequeathed the university some 2,500 rare printed books and manuscripts.

The collection’s enormous value makes it the largest gift in the university’s history. ”I cannot imagine a more marvelous collection to serve as the heart of our library,” Princeton president Christopher Eisgruber said.

“We are grateful for Bill Scheide’s everlasting dedication to Princeton and his commitment to sharing his breathtaking collection with scholars and students for generations to come.”

The vast collection includes the first six printed editions of the Bible, starting with a 1455 Gutenberg Bible; the original printing of America’s Declaration of Independence; handwritten music by Beethoven; and Shakespeare’s first, second, third and fourth folios.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

The most expensive hotel in Paris during Fashion Week

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents The most expensive hotel in Paris during Fashion Week.

 
If you happen to be in Paris during Fashion Week this month, you can bet that the beautiful, well-heeled people filing out of Le Meurice hotel in Paris are flush with cash, as the 18th century hotel has posted the most expensive room rates during the nine-day event.

According to Kayak.com, five-star hotelshave taken advantage of one of the most glamorous events of the year to hike their room rates, with prices spiking an average of 30% among the most luxurious properties in Paris.

Guests at Le Meurice, for instance, are ponying up an average of €1,580 a night for the privilege of staying at the palace hotel located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre museum.

With interiors designed by Philippe Starck, and hotel dining overseen by Michelin-starred celebrity chef Alain Ducasse, the property that overlooks the Tuileries gardens has long been a favorite among the world’s glitterati. Among the hotel’s most famous regulars? Painter Salvador Dalí.

At the other end of the spectrum, meanwhile, the report sniffed out more affordable deals at Hotel Pullman Paris La Défense, where the average room rate is a much more reasonable €180 a night.

Meanwhile, prices at Le Meurice drop by nearly half (49 percent) the week following Fashion Week.

With the closure of the Hotel de Crillon, and the Ritz Paris — both shuttered for extensive renovations — rivals Le Meurice, the Peninsula and the Mandarin Oriental have enjoyed increased bookings.

The most expensive hotels in Paris during Paris Fashion Week

Le Meurice €1,580
Mandarin Oriental, Paris €1,568
Raffles Royal Monceau, €1,301
Le Bristol Paris, €1,293
Le Peninsula, €1,161

The most affordable five-star hotels in Paris during Fashion Week

Hotel Pullman Paris La Défense, €180
Hotel Sofitel Paris, La Défense, €204
Molitor Paris by MGallery, €256
Hotel Square, €257
Hotel Baltimore Paris Champs-Elysées, €261

Source luxuo.com

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Top 10 priciest restaurants in the US (2014)

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents Top 10 priciest restaurants in the US (2014).

 
Masa at the Time Warner Center in New York is the priciest restaurant in the US for charging a minimum of $450 per person for their meal.

Opened by chef Masayoshi Takayama in 2004, the Japanese menu is omakase only, which means “I leave it to you” in Japanese. That means diners sit down to whatever the chef has planned for that evening.

In addition to paying for masterful Japanese dishes from one of the most preeminent sushi chefs in the US, the exorbitant price tag can also be explained by the fact that fish is flown in from Japan and that the meal is almost sure to feature luxurious ingredients such as Kobe beef and truffles.

Masa become the first Japanese restaurant in the US to be awarded three Michelin stars.

Sam Sifton – restaurant critic for The New York Times - called Masa the city’s greatest sushi restaurant in 2011 despite a few service wrinkles.


The list of the top 10 most expensive restaurants is dominated by addresses in California, as well as Las Vegas and New York.

Close at Masa’s heels is Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, where a meal for one person racks up $425, followed by Urasawa in Beverly Hills, also a Japanese omakase restaurant where a 30-course meal costs $375.

Top 10 priciest restaurants in the US

1. Masa, New York $450
2. Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, $425
3. Urasawa, Beverly Hills, Calif. $395
4. Guy Savoy, Las Vegas $375
5. Per Se, New York City $310
6. The French Laundry, Yountville, Calif. $295
7. Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, Brooklyn, N.Y. $255
8. Saison, San Francisco $248
9. Baumé, Palo Alto, Calif. $238
10. The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena, Calif. $225

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

$18,000 for McDonald’s special sauce

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents $18,000 for McDonald’s special sauce.



McDonald’s is selling a bottle of the special sauce used on their iconic Big Mac burgers on eBay, which has attracted a bid for more than $17,000.

The 500 ml ‘Limited Edition Big Mac Special Sauce Bottle #1 of 200′ is being auctioned on eBay Australia with all proceeds going to charities run by the global chain to help sick children and their families.

McDonald’s said the special sauce was one of the company’s most iconic ingredients, and customers often ask where they could buy it.

The auction for the sauce, whose ingredients include relish, mustard, distilled vinegar, onion, garlic and salted egg yolks, will run until Feb 11.

Australian customers of McDonald’s will also be able to buy 25ml tubs of special sauce at restaurants around the country in February.

McDonald’s is the world’s largest burger chain, with 36,000 outlets in more than 100 countries, but changing consumer tastes are proving a challenge as are agile new fast-food chains, compounded by a slump in sales in China and Japan after a scare over food safety.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Meet the most expensive Range Rover ever

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents Meet the most expensive Range Rover ever.


Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division has announced it is partnering with bespoke sporting rifle maker Holland & Holland to create the ultimate luxury SUV.

It is based on the standard £140,000 long-wheelbase Range Rover Autobiography Black, which is stretched 200mm over the standard model to give generous rear legroom.

From the exterior, the changes are subtle, the only clues being its color — a unique shade of green — and color-matched front grille.

On the inside, it’s a different story. The cabin is wrapped in tan and espresso leather hides and embroidered with the Holland & Holland name.


The center and rear consoles are finished in hand-matched French Walnut veneer; even the door handles feature hand engravings.

In the rear two passengers can recline in front of individual televisions, and simply press a button to activate or retract matching walnut tables.

However, it’s behind the rear passengers where the biggest difference lies. Holland & Holland are makers of some of the world’s best shotguns and the owner of this car will find a pair in their own specially designed leather-trimmed aluminum case in the boot.


The case sits on a sliding platform built from carbon fiber and aluminum and finished in walnut veneer and leather that has been designed to be load-bearing. It’s the perfect place to sit for an impromptu picnic during the hunt or simply when traveling point to point.

Only 40 Holland & Holland Range Rovers will be built a year for the next three years and each one comes with a guide price of £180,000.

The car is available on special order only, making it the most exclusive Range Rover available today. It’s powered by either the 334bhp 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel, or the 503bhp 5.0-litre Supercharged V8.

From luxuo.com

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