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$140 for a Million Dollar Picasso

How would you like to pick up a million dollar Picasso for a little over $100? Well, a young American did. A 25 year old bought a drawing called " L'Homme au Gibus " through a raffle by Sotheby's in Paris.  The lucky purchaser plans on keeping the drawing for now, not selling it. 

ODD BILLIONAIRE NEWS: Bill Gates Invests In Urine Powered Cell Phones

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, founded by Microsoft (MSFT) founder Bill Gates, has invested in a project that will create electrical power from human urine. The goal is to generate enough electricity to power cell phones in areas where electrical power is scarce. 2013 Holiday Gift List

Have you started your shopping yet? If you are looking for ideas for presents for special people in your life, or maybe you are looking for gifts for yourself, here are some great gifts for the billionaire or the billionaire-to-be. 1. In order to make sure you are on time, a Rolex Daytona Diamond 18K White Gold Mens Watch , just $89,000, on sale from its retail price of $125,000. 2. For that special woman in your life, a Pink Star Diamond for her ring. Only $83,000,000. 3. If you like privacy, there is Rangyai Island in Thailand, for $160,000,000. 4. Jewelry always makes a great gift. How about a Platinum Cushion Cut Blue Sapphire and Round Diamond Pendant for only $120,782. 5.  Need a new pair of jeans? Calvin Klein Mens Rinse Black Straight Leg Jeans are available for $3,710. 6. For those that need a new set of wheels, you can pick up a Lamborghini Veneno Roadster for just $5,000,000. Or if you want a vehicle that's a little less expensive, then there i

The Most Expensive Cars in the World

The following are the most expensive cars ever old. The first column is the date sold, and the second column is the year of the are. Also shown is the auctioneer. The left of the two dollar columns is the actual price and the right column is adjusted for inflation. July 12, 2013 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Bonhams $29,607,760 $29,607,760 August 21, 2011 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Gooding and  Company $16,390,000 $17,008,262 May 17, 2009 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa RM Auctions $12,402,500 $13,495,197 May 18, 2008 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider RM Auctions $10,894,900 $11,812,631 November 17, 1987 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe Christie's $9,800,000 $20,136,790 1963 Ferrari 250 GTL / Lusso Coupe

Top Islands for Sale

Looking for your own island? What billionaire or multi-millionaire wouldn't? Maybe you can build second home, use it as a vacation spot, or even create your own country. Here are the top islands for sale, along with information about their locations, size, and price. RANGYAI ISLAND Thailand, Asia, 110 acres, $160,000,000 CAVE CAY Bahamas, Caribbean, 222 acres, $110,000,000 MACAPULE ISLAND Mexico, Central America, 5,229 acres, $95,265,000 GREEK ISLAND IN THE IONIAN SEA Echinadon Islands, Ionian Sea, Greece, 1,100 acres, $45,000,000

$10 Million Lingerie

Candice Swanepoel, an angel for Victoria's Secret, received the opportunity to wear lingerie worth $10 million. The 18 karat bra has 4,200 gems, including diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. The value of the bra is $8 million and the value of the gem encrusted belt is $2 million, for a total value of $10 million. Candice and the bra made their appearance at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show .

Pink Star Diamond Sold for $83,000,000

The Pink Star diamond is a 59.60 carat gem that measures 1.06 inches by 0.81 inches. It just sold for  $83,000,000 including buyer's commission. It was sold in a Sotheby's auction in Geneva, Switzerland to a New York diamond cutter. This is the highest price ever paid for a diamond, setting a world's record.

Lamborghini Veneno Roadster for $5 Million

Nine topless Lamborghini Veneno Roadster's are being built and will offered at a reasonable $5.3 million . The car goes from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. It has 740 hp 6.5-liter V-12 engine. The weight of the car is kept light due to the extensive use of carbon fiber.

A Gem in a Junk Yard: Ferrari F50

Apparently, a Ferrari F50 automobile ended up in a salvage yard in Connecticut. Only 349 of these super cars were manufactured, and only 56 for the United States. This was the last one ever made. Check it out.

$920,000 for James Bond Submarine Car

The Lotus Esprit that Roger Moore and Barbara Bach rode in for the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me recently sold for $920,167 at an auction in London, England. This is actually known as a submarine car. But the story behind the story is that the car was consigned by a couple that had originally bought the car at one of those storage auctions. And the price the couple paid? Less than $100.

Tennis Star Rafael Nadal has a $690,000 Watch

Tennis Star Rafael Nadal is very particular about what he does and hat he wears. A watchmaker named Richard Mille developed a an extremely light, specially engineered watch for Nadal. The first watch he created sold for $525,000. The second watch, which Nadal now wears, was priced at $690,000, and he wears it for every tennis match. This watch is known as the RM027-01 . It is made of carbon composites and titanium, and weighs only 20 grams.

Mercedes Automobile Sells for a Record $29.6 Million

Who says the economy is in bad shape? Today, Juan Manuel Fangio's 1954 Grand Prix-winning Mercedes Benz W196 was auctioned off by Bonhams auction house. It set a world record for the highest priced car ever sold, at $29.6 million . World Record This was way above the estimate of $7.5 million. The buyer's name was not disclosed as he wishes to remain anonymous. (Could it be Jay Leno?) This beats the previous expensive car record when a Ferrari Testarossa prototype was hammered at $16 million a couple years ago. Great Mercedes Benz The automobile has fully-independent suspension and a fuel-injected 2.5-liter straight eight engine. It had been sitting in a warehouse for around 30 years , and has all its original parts.

Homesite for Sale with the Largest Private Dock on the West Coast

A Newport Beach Waterfront Residential Homesite with the largest private dock of its kind on the West Ghost, will be auctioned off on July 18 at 3pm. The auction will be held by Accelerated marketing Group . This parcel has two dividable lots for either one mansion or two 12,000 square foot homes, as the building size of 25,195 square feet. The property located at 2209 Bayside Dr., Corona Del Mar, California, was used during the 1920's and 1930's for the ferry from Newport to Balboa Island. The sealed bid auction has a reserve of $12,500,000. Check it out.

Apple 1 to be Auctioned at Christie's Next Week - $300,000 Starting Bid

Next week is your chance to buy a rare item. The auction house, Christie's, will be auctioning one of the first Apple computers ever made, usually referred to as the Apple 1 . The starting bid will be $300,000, and the selling price is expected to be in excess of half a million dollars. Only 200 of these were ever made and about only 40 probably exist. The Apple 1 computer is consigned by a retired school psychologist. I guess he won't have to worry about his retirement finances.

$1 Million for a Lunch with Warren Buffett

The Warren Buffett Power Lunch Auction, which was held through eBay (EBAY), was completed last week. This was the auction to have lunch with Warren Buffett, head of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) (BRK-B), along seven of the successful bidder's friends. The auction was to benefit the GLIDE Foundation in San Francisco, California. In case you missed it, the results are in. The lunch sold for $1,000,100.00, with 106 bids. Bidding started out at $25,000. Unfortunately, this lunch didn't pull in as much as last year, when the auction was hammered at $3,456,789. What is interesting is that there were the same number of bids last year as there were this year. As a matter of fact, the high bid this year didn't even come close to many of the previous years. In 2011, the Warren Buffett lunch went for $2,345,678, in 2010, the Buffett lunch sold for $2.6 million, and even in 2008, the lunch was auctioned off at $2 million. The reason for this drop in price is uncertain. Some pundits

How You Can Have Lunch with Warren Buffett - One Day Left to Bid

How would you like to have lunch with Warren Buffett, head of Berkshire Hathaway (BRK-A) (BRK-B)? Plus, you can bring seven of your friends along. Plus you get to pick Buffett's brain during the dinner, to get great investment advice. Well now you can. An auction for this great opportunity is being held by eBay (EBAY), with one day left to bid. If you are the successful bidder, then Warren Buffett will host a lunch for you to benefit the GLIDE Foundation in San Francisco and its programs. The bidding began June 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm PDT and closes June 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm PDT. If you are the winning bidder , Warren Buffett will dine with you and up to seven friends at the Smith & Wollensky restaurant in New York City on a mutually agreed upon date. All bidders must pre-qualify . The starting bid is $25,000. All of the proceeds from the winning bid will benefit GLIDE, one of the leading social service institutions working to alleviate human suffering and poverty in the San Franc

Buy the House Owned by Bruce Willis, Michael Jackson, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

If you are a devoted celebrity fan, this may be the house for you. The mansion, currently owned by Bruce Willis, and the former home of Michael Jackson, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, is now up for sale for only $22 million. This 10,000 square foot home has five bedrooms, plus four additional bedrooms in the guest houses, has almost an acre of land. It also has a movie theater, library, and tennis court. The estate is located in Beverly Hills .

$671,400 for an Apple Computer

Would you pay $671,400 for a personal computer? You probably wouldn't want to pay even one hundredth of that, even for a top of the line computer with maximum RAM memory and hard drive space. Especially on that is out of date. Well guess what? An Apple I computer, also known as an Apple-1, just sold for $671,400 to an Asian collector through an auction held by a German company. This was one of the original computers sold by Steve Jobs and created by Steve Wozniak back in 1976. The original sales price for these computers was $666.66 and later on in 2007, the collectible price for these computers was $15,000 to $25,000. Not such a bad return, going from about $20,000 to over $670,000 in just six years. That's an 80% average annual return!!!

Check into a Hotel Get a Gold Plated iPad

At the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai (that's the one shaped like a giant sailboat), when you check into a hotel, you receive a gold plated Apple iPad . [Thanks for finding this, Gizmodo.] The gold iPads are used as a "virtual concierge," providing info about the hotel and its amenities. On the gold backing of the gold iPad, it has the Burj Al Arab logo.

The $1000 iPhone App for Millionaires

The iVIP Black app for Apple (AAPL) iPhones is a lifestyle app designed for millionaires, including butlers, theatres, personal trainers, private jets, a concierge, casinos, personal styling, and much more. The price of the app is only $999.99. There is even an on-demand Concierge Service, which is a dedicated assistant, available as often as needed, by just paying for the hours required. You can also get iVIP on Android, and a Windows Phone version is coming soon.

The most expensive Starbucks drink ever

The " Quadriginoctuple Frap " at Starbucks cost one man $47.30. It included 48 shots of espresso in a mocha frappuccino, soy mocha drizzle, matcha powder, protein powder, caramel brulee topping, strawberries, and much, much more.

How Would You Like to Own Hollywood History?

The Debbie Reynolds Collection of Hollywood memorabilia has been taking place for the last couple years, including over 3,000 costumes. The auction house Profiles in History, sold Marilyn Monroe’s dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52 million, and Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44 million. If you are looking for cheaper items, you could have bought Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars for $240,000 and Margaret Hamilton’s Wicked Witch hat from The Wizard of Oz for $230,000.

Baseball Card Sells for $92,000

The Saco River Auction Co., in Beddeford, Maine, recently sold an 1865 photograph of the Brooklyn Atlantics baseball team for $92,000. It's the only card of its type known to exist. It was purchased by a Massachusetts collector.

The World's Largest TV

What a way to watch the Superbowl! Imagine seeing the game on a 201 inch television. Such a TV exists; it is called the C SEED 201 TV. It measures 201 inches with a 16:9 LED screen. The remote control allows you to adjust the height and angle of the TV set. This is an outdoor TV that folds up and retreats into the ground. You need to watch the short video on the the C SEED 201 HERE , at the C SPEED web site. Picture courtesy of C SEED.

Barry Bonds Beverly Hills Mansion for Sale for $25 Million

Former baseball player Barry Bonds has put up his 17,100 square foot estate for sale. This Tuscan style mansion with seven bedrooms and 13 bathrooms is on a gated property within a gated community. The home has a 12 Seat Home Theater, a wine room, a music room, a gym, and an elevator. The lot size is 80,519 square feet. This beautiful Beverly Hills home located in the Beverly Park area is listed with Mauricio Umansky at The Agency at $25 million. The house comes fully furnished. It even has a two-story guest house. Photo courtesy of The Agency.

$4.2 Million for the Original Batmobile

At a recent Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, the original Batmobile was sold for $4.2 million, plus another $420,000 in buyer's premiums. It was used in the original TV show from 1966 to 1968, has a V-8 engine, push-button transmission, car phone, and rear parachutes. It was purchased by a wealthy Arizona collector who is a big fan of Batman collectibles.

A Big Hole is For Sale for $24 Million

Dean's Blue Hole, the deepest saltwater hole in the world at 663 feet, is part of a property for sale for just $24 million. The property, Blue Hole Bay , is located in a remote part of the Bahamas. The real estate amounts to 180 acres and includes lots of sandy beaches. The area was featured on 60 Minutes last weekend.

Buy Ronald Reagan's House for $5,000,000

If you would like to own a house that a US President has owned and lived in, now is your chance. Ronald Reagan's former house is now for sale at a reasonable price of only $4,999,000 . This is a four bedroom, four bath, 4,764-square-foot home in Pacific Palisades, California. The home has a large swimming pool and granite walls.