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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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Claude Lelouch lists Deauville house for $9.34 million

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents Claude Lelouch lists Deauville house for $9.34 million.


Oscar-winning French director Claude Lelouch is selling one property in Deauville, a surreal round house on a 10-acre estate, for $9.34 million.

Completed in 2013, the 6,000-square-foot, two-floor round house is built around a central swimming pool. The first floor is open plan with a kitchen, dining room and two living rooms, as well as a sauna and bathroom. The second floor has five bedrooms, each with its own en suite bathroom.


Even though the design of the house is resolutely modern, Mr. Lelouch chose a traditional Norman exterior with white stones and half-timbering roofs. The estate includes a golf course and tennis court.

Since childhood, Mr. Lelouch, 76, has spent most weekends and holidays in Deauville, as many Parisians do.



In the mid-1960s, after one of his movies flopped, Mr. Lelouch drove to Deauville from Paris in the middle of the night. As he woke up on the beach, he began imagining the script of “A Man and a Woman.”


Since then, the town has become ever more important to him and he has owned several houses there over the years.


Source: PropGOluxury via WSJ

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The World Most Expensive iPhone 6 costs $2.7 million

The Most Expensive Blog (The home of the most expensive & luxury things in the world) presents The World Most Expensive iPhone 6 costs $2.7 million.

 
ALEXANDER AMOSU has been commissioned to create a luxury version of the iPhone 6 in solid 18 carat solid gold, fully encrusted with diamonds.

The phone will take approximately 2 months to make by recreating the full body in solid 18ct gold weighing approximately 85gsm and painstakingly handset with over 6,127 brilliant cut diamonds in VVS1 IF Colour.

The apple logo will be cut to the exact shape of the apple logo from 51.29 carat (10.258g) with a cushion flawless cut.



Alexander Amosu has called his creation “Amosu Call of Diamond IPhone 6” with its mouth watering price tag of £1.7 million ($2,75 million.)

Just in case this is a little out of your price range, then you can settle for Amosu 24ct Gold Iphone 6 at £2,399
 

Source: luxuo.com

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