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$83 for a Pot of Honey

Harrods is selling pots of Life Mel honey for $83 in their pharmacy department, due to the healthy benefits that honey supposedly has.

$6.98 Million for a Home in Sweden

The most expensive home sale in Sweden for the year went for $6.98 million, and was purchased by Russian businessman, Alexander Izosimov, CEO of Vimpelcom. This home price is of course far lower than top prices in other countries, especially the United States, where many homes in California and New York sell for in excess of that amount.

Gold Leggings $159,000

Fashion designer, Nicolas Ghesquière, has come out with plastic dresses and futuristic gold leggings with a robot-like look. These beautiful golden leggings can be picked up for only $159,000.

Magna Carta Hammered at $21.3 Million

Sotheby's auctioned off a 710-year-old copy of the Magna Carta on Tuesday, which went for $21.3 million. This rare document was sold by The Perot Foundation, created by billionaire Ross Perot and was purchased by David Rubenstein, founder of The Carlyle Group. It is considered to be one of the most important documents in the world.

Miro Painting Sets New Record

A painting by Joan Miro, the Spanish artist, just sold for $16.7 million at an auction in Paris, an all time record for Miro. The painting is "Blue Star" from 1927.

Knight Rider Car Auction Halted Temporarily

An original an original KITT talking car, a black 1984 Pontiac Trans Am, from the Knight Rider TV show starring David Hasselhoff had been up for auction on eBay. However, the attorney who was handling the sale was so inundated with requests for more information that he has decided to postpone the auction.

The car was owned by Andrew Kissel who was suspiciously murderedlast year and the case still hasn't been solved. Kissel has an extensive collection of boats and cars.

The high price on eBay when the auction was pulled was $40,100. It is expected to be reauctioned next month.

Last Minute Holiday Gift for the Backgammon Player

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If you are still looking for a last minute holiday gift for that special person who has everything, if they like backgammon, consider getting them a Charles Hollander Backgammon Set, which is made with over 61,000 diamonds, including white diamonds, yellow diamonds, and black diamonds, a total of 2071 carats worth of diamonds.

The checkers are made with 2,960 white diamonds, and the set was created with 6.77 kilograms of yellow gold, and 150 grams of silver.

This outstanding functional piece of art is available for a reasonable $1,500,000.

Rare Russian Eggs to be Sold

Some rare Russian eggs will be sold at auction by Heritage Auction Galleries on April 24, in Dallas, Texas. One of the items is a Russian Empress Alexandra Imperial Porcelain Easter Egg with an estimate of $25,000 to $35,000. Another item being offered in this Royal Artifact auction is an Imperial Russian Faberge Alexander III Twenty-fifth Wedding Anniversary Presentation Heart Shaped Desk Clock with an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.

$48,000 for John Lennon's Hair

$48,000 was the hammer price of a lock of hair from Beatle John Lennon. It cane with an autographed book of Lennon. The sale price grossly exceeded the high estimate for the hair of $6,000. The buyers name was not disclosed.

14-karat Gold-dipped iPod Shuffle

Yes, it's true. You can buy a 14-karat gold-dipped Apple Inc. iPod Shuffle for a reasonable price of only $20,550, sold through A&B International Services of Birmingham, U.K., and Karlsruhe, Germany.

Sip this Scotch

A couple days ago, I wrote about a liquor auction in New York, the first since Prohibition. The results of the auction are in and the 1926 bottle of Macallan scotch which was expected to sell for as much as $30,000, ended up selling for $54,000.

First NY Liquor Auction since Prohibition

Christie's is holding an upcoming liquor auction in New York, the first since Prohibition. One of the highlights is a 1926 bottle of Macallan scotch which is expected to sell for as much as $30,000 and a bottle of straight rye whiskey using George Washington's recipe for $20,000. There are also plenty of 'cheap' bottle that will be auctions for an estimated price of $300.

$57 Million for a Sculpture

A 5,000 year old Mesopotamian sculpture sold at auction for $57 million, breaking a world record for sculptures and a world record for antiquities. It was purchased by an anonymous British buyer. The sculpture, called the Guennol Lioness, is less than four inches high and features a lioness looking over her left shoulder.

2008 Rolls Royce Convertible $412,000

This would make a great Christmas gift, a 2008 Rolls Royce Convertible for only $412,000. A convertible made by Rolls Royce is a scarce item. Unfortunately, you won't be able to buy this car until next September.

Oldest Rolls Royce Car $7.22 million

A 1904 Rolls Royce automobile, the oldest known Rolls still in existence, sold for $7.22 million at an auction, at a starting bid of 1 million British pounds. It is the highest price paid for a Rolls Royce and the highest price paid for an automobile made before 1905. The Rolls Royce was purchased by a collector in the United Kingdom.

$330,000 for a Giant Truffle

A giant truffle, weighing 3.3 pounds, was auctioned off for $330,000. The truffle was sold at an auction at the Grand Lisboa Hotel in Macau. This type of mushroom is considered a delicacy. Proceeds from the auction went to charities in Macau, London, and Italy.

$800,000 Osbourne 'Garage Sale'

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne had a giant 'garage sale', raising about $800,000 for the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The items were sold by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills.

Some of the highlights:

Dog bed (given to the Osbournes by Elton John) $2,375

Coffee mug $1,625

Sunglasses $5,250

Billiards table $11,250

Sneakers $2,625

Top Holiday Gifts for that Special Woman in Your Life

If you are looking for an interesting holiday gift for a woman who is special in your life, you might want to consider any of the following:

Rattle Minaudiere handbag by Lieber $4,995

Tiffany Legacy Drop earrings $23,000

The Twirl Watch by Gucci $11,900

iPod Necklace by Heyerdahl Juvelèr $41,000

Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster Watch $52,350

Manolo Blahnik Schiafo shoes $1,230

No. 1 Imperial Majesty perfume by Clive Christian $237,843

Most Expensive Gasoline: over $4 per Gallon

Many people think that the state of California is a leader in a lot of ways. In the California city of Bridgeport, the Shell station is charging $4.09 a gallon for regular gas. Is this a prediction of what will happen in the rest of California and the rest of the United States?

Handwritten Harry Potter Book: $100,000

What a great gift for a great child. A Harry Potter Book handwritten by JK Rowling, who has also done the illustrations. It is called, The Tales Of Beedle The Bard, and will be sold at a charity auction for The Children’s Voice campaign. The starting bid is $100,000.

Thanks to Ana Dane, at The Good Life Blog Watch, for finding this.

Top Most Expensive Houses for Sale

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The top five houses for sale are all listed for over $100 million each. The Wall Street journal did an article on how listing agents of these homes are going about finding buyers for these properties.

The top five properties are listed below with additional information from Zillow.com about the bedrooms, bathrooms, and square footage.

$165,000,000 The William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies Mansion
1011 n. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA
9 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, 20,570 square foot

$135,000,000 The Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan home
691 Kessler Dr., Aspen, CO
19 br, 19ba, 55,665 sq ft

$125,000,000 Donald Trump estate
515 N County Rd., Palm Beach, FL
7 br, 18 ba, 43,279 sq ft

$125,000,000 Los Angeles chateau
350 N. Carolwood Dr., Los Angeles, CA
12 br, 15, ba, 35,046 sq ft

$100,000,000 Lake Tahoe Estate, Lake Tahoe, CA


Picture shown is the Mar-A-Lago, and is not one of the houses listed above.

For the Chess Player Who Has Everything: A Diamond Chess Set

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Charles Hollander has produced some of the most luxurious items for collectors. One of their top items is the 'Royal Diamond Chess Set', which is hand made with 9,900 black and white diamonds, in over 1168 grams of 14 carat white gold. It took 30 artisans over 4500 hours to make this exquisite masterpiece. If you have to ask how much, it is probably too expensive for you (you won't find the prices on the web site). However, we will let you in on the cost: $500,000.

If the cost is out of your price range, then as an alternative, you can consider their latest product, the 'Gold Chess Set' with the king and queen set with diamonds. You can pick this up for a price of only $100,000.

Auction of Second Most Expensive Diamond

The second most expensive diamond was auctioned off by Sotheby's for slightly over $16 million. It was an 84.37 carat white diamond.

$773,000 Limo Stolen While Owner was in Restaurant

A luxury Maybach limousine was stolen while the owner was in a Moscow restaurant having dinner. The value of the limo is estimated at $773,000.

India's Richest Man Buys $60,000,000 Birthday Present for his Wife

The owner of the largest private company in India, Reliance Industries Ltd, Mukesh Ambani, Who is the richest man in India, has just bought his wife a $60 million birthday present. He presented her with a luxury Airbus jet with a sky bar, showers, office, master bedroom, music systems, and satellite television.

Guinness World Record Day: $16,300 Haircut, Mercedes-Benz Museum Record, and more!

In case you missed it, yesterday, November 8, 2007, was the Guinness World Records Day. Several world records were made including a $16,300 Haircut at Stuart Phillips Hair Salon in Covent Garden, London, England. Included in the package is a Champagne lunch, a head and scalp massage, hair products, and a limo ride.

Another interesting record that was set was the 'Tallest Artificial Air Vortex' at The Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

Several other records were set including the Fastest Car powered by Dry Cell Batteries.

$25,000 for a Chocolate Sundae

Anyone have a sweet tooth? The New York City restaurant, Serendipity 3, has produced the 'Frrozen Haute Chocolate', which includes 28 different cocoas and 0.2 ounces of edible 23-karat gold. At the base of the gold goblet is an 18 karat gold bracelet with a carat of white diamonds. It is now a Guinness world record for the most expensive dessert.

A Unique Vacation Home Away from All Civilization

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If your are looking for that special vacation home or corporate retreat, away from it all, away from people, away from traffic, away from everything, why not buy yourself a lighthouse. The U. S. Government is selling off dozens of these lighthouses, with prices starting at $10,000. It it like having your own island with a house on it, and possibly lots of historical significance.

An example of an auction of a light house can be found at the General Services Administration Real Property Disposal Division website.

Luxury Institute Ranks Handbags: Leiber the Best

The Luxury Institute, which is based in New York, just came out with its ratings of handbags by high net worth women, and the top ranking handbag was the jewel covered Leiber. In second place was Hermes, and the third highest was Prada.

$6,245,100 for a modern Book

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If you are looking for a book as a gift for a bibliophile, how about a book called Dancing With The Bear. This special edition is a diamond encrusted book (600 diamonds) by Roger Shashoua, a British businessman who made a huge amount of money in Russia. The price of the book is only $6,245,100.

However, if the price is a bit rich for you, you can always order the regular edition of Dancing with the Bear: A Serial Entrepreneur Goes East from Amazon for only $30.

The Perfect Gift: Your Own Town

If you are looking for that special gift for a special someone, how about buying them their own town. A town in Texas is up for sale on eBay, with a minimum bid of $2.5 million. The town is called Albert and is located near San Antonio. It includes a dance hall, general store and a house. The population is zero.

Oldest Rolls Royce Up for Auction

The world's oldest Rolls Royce automobile will be auctioned off by Bonhams on December 2. The car was built in 1904. It is expected to sell for over $4 million.

$150,000 Bottle of Wine

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On October 28, an Imperial of a 1961 Château Petrus is expected to sell for $150,000 at a Columbia Yacht Club wine club in Chicago. The record is still the $310,700 for a 1945 Château Mouton-Rothschild sold at a Sotheby's auction.

Che Guevara's Hair Sells for $119,500

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A lock of hair from Ernesto Che Guevara, the famous socialist guerrilla fighter sold for $119,500 at auction. It was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, and the successful bidder was a Houston bookstore owner.

Mega Yachts of the Top Executives

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If you thought that you need to be an Arab Sheik to own a mega yacht, you would be mistaken, since many top executives of publicly traded companies own luxury yachts also. A mega yacht is considered to be a very large yacht, over 225 feet long, which has a professional crew.

The longest yacht, which is scheduled for delivery next year, is the Eclipse, owned by the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich. The Eclipse is 525 feet long, beating out the second longest, the Platinum/Golden Star owned by the Sheik of Dubai, by only two inches, at 524 feet, 10 inches.

Here is a list of the biggest yachts owned by execs of public companies:

Rising Sun, 452'8", Larry Ellison, Oracle (ORCL)

Octopus, 413'4", Paul Allen, Microsoft (MSFT) & Charter Communications (CHTR)

Limitless, 315'7", Leslie Wexner, The Limited (LTD)

Tatoosh, 301'8", Paul Allen, Microsoft (MSFT) & Charter Communications (CHTR)

Long Ranger, 255', Peter Lewis, Progressive Corporation (PGR)

29 Bedroom, 40 Bathroom House

The "The Beverly House Compound" is up for sale, only $165,000,000. This 75,000 square foot house has 29 bedrooms and 40 bathrooms. It was previously owned by William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies. It was also the honymoon site for John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy. This 6+ acre estate is located only a few blocks from the Beverly Hills Hotel.

Luxury Computer Cases: For the Nerd who has Everything

Does your computer case look to bland and unassuming? Why not spice it up with a luxury computer case. Some are made out of wood (including padauk, lacewood and gonçaleiro), some are made out of stained glass, and one style looks like a miniature Japanese shoji divider room.

The Most Expensive Diamond in the World

A Hong Kong Sotheby's auction has sold a flawless blue diamond for $7.98 million, setting an all time record. The diamond was over six carats.

Top 10 Private Islands

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Tips for buying a private island:

1. Make sure you actually visit the island, don't just be an armchair buyer.
2. If possible, rent the island for a week or two, so that you find out what island living is really about.
3. Check out accessibility. How difficult or easy is it to get to the island? How close can you get your yacht to the island?
4. Find out if there are governmental restrictions on buying or building on the island, especially if you are a foreigner.
5. How far do you have to go to get provisions?
6. Determine what communications capabilities you have. Cellphone service? Satellite?

Here are ten islands worth checking out:

Great Hans Lollik and Little Hans Lollik Islands, $45,000,000, over 500 acres, off of St. Thomas,Virgin Islands, part of the United States. Offered by Vladi Private Islands.

Unnamed Bora Bora island, $40,000,000, in the French Polynesia. Offered by Coldwell Banker Morrisons Private Islands.

Cerralvo Island, 35,000,000, approximately 35,000 acres, off Baja Cali…

$18 million Egg

A previously unknown Faberge Egg is going up for auction next month with an estimated sales price of $18 million.

Top 10 Neiman Marcus Gifts

Neiman Marcus just came out with their Christmas catalog which includes their famous Fantasy gifts. Make your fantasy come through with one of these ten great presents for yourself or your loved one.

Montana Wilderness Package $2,300,000
This great package includes 10 acres in the mountains of Paradise Valley, Montana. They will also throw in a gourmet dinner.

Rocket Racing League Franchise $2,000,000 This gift is a franchise in an aerospace racing league. Includes the rocket with a custom-built trailer, training for the pit crew and the pilot, and a full year of ground support. The rocket jets race through the air at over 300 mph.

Classical Superstars Fantasy Concert $1,590,000
A classic private holiday concert for 500 people by the Kirov Orchestra. They will throw in the Steinway Concert Grand Piano as a bonus.

NM Gem Triton 1000 Submarine $1,440,000

Diamond in the Rough Custom Necklace $1,000,000

His and Hers Double Portrait in Chocolate $110,000

Online Only Media Wall $100,000

Papalo…

$40,000 a Night Hotel Room

The highest priced hotel suite in Las Vegas is the Hugh Hefner SkyVilla at the Palms Hotel and Casino, which comes with an 8 foot circular rotating bad. And you don't even have to gamble.

Luxury Car with Fuel Efficiency

The top luxury car with the best fuel efficiency is considered to be the Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec.

Buy a Piece of the Concorde

An auction for parts of the Concorde supersonic jet is almost over. It has been held in Toulouse, France and is expected to raise 1 million euros, which be used to fund an aviation museum. As an example, one of the jets toilets sold for $7,100.

Russians May Have to give up Caviar

According to Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Sergei Ivanov, Russians may have to give up black caviar for as long as five to seven years, due to the low number of sturgeon.

The Art Gallery Ship

The Grand Luxe, is a five deck yacht which has 28 galleries that sells fine art, antiques and jewelry. It is on tour along the East Coast with 38 stops from Maine to Florida.

Pearls of Marie Antoinette $800,000

The pearls that were once owned by Marie Antoinette and made into a necklace are going up for auction. They will be sold by Christie's in London. Expected price is $800,000.

Why Not Add the Magna Carta to your Collection

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The only privately owned copy of the Magna Carta from the 13th century will be auctioned by Sotheby's in December. Anticipated price that it will be sold at is $20 million to $30 million. It is being sold by billionaire and former presidential candidate Ross Perot's foundation.

Million Dollar Cars at Florida Hard Rock Casino

The Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida on March 27 through March 29, 2008. A similar show will also be held in California and Arizona. Last year, they sold a Lamborghini Miura P400 SV for $963,000.

Luxury Dog Houses

If you are looking for top of the line real estate for your favorite canine, there are several styles and floorplans available for your consideration.

Doggy Dream Homes will build your dog a customized CLASSIC COUNTRY dog house at a starting price of $12,000, or a TRADITIONAL style for $14,000.

The Well Appointed House has the Colonial Mansion Dog House for $6,160.

Lilliput Play Homes has a 'bottom of the line' Junkyard Doghouse for $899.

$750,000 for a Watch

Do you realize that eBay currently has over 110,000 watches for sale on their website right now? There is currently a PATEK PHILIPPE 5016 MINUTE REPEATER PERPETUAL CALENDAR PLATINUM WATCH for auction, which has a minimum bid of $750,000. The watch has a platinum case, with sapphire crystals both front and back. The watch has date, day, and moonphase which is accurate to one day in 122 years.

Rubens Oil Sketch $12 Million Estimate

A rare Peter Paul Rubens oil sketch called Two Studies of a Young Man, is expected to sell at a Christie's auction for $8 million to $12 million.

Top Cars (by Price)

Forbes recently came out with its list of the most expensive cars available in the U.S. At the top of the list is the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 at $1.4 million, the only production car with a horsepower over 1,000. There is also the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Editionat $482,750, the Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe at $412,000, the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 Roadster at $362,400, and many more.

Sky High Auction Prices

Stockerblog.com has come out with a list of sky high auction prices for various types of items, some very unusual.

$14,500 Dessert

Beer Dispensing Refrigerator

For the man who has everything. How about a Beer Dispensing Refrigerator that dispenses beer similar to a water dispenser in the door of the fridge.

New Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe

Rolls-Royce announced that they will be releasing a new four seat two door Phantom coupe, which will sell for about $484,000. The car will have a 6.75 litre V12 engine.