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7 Most Expensive Toys In The World


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Most Expensive Toys

How much can you spend on a toy?  Say $1,000 – yes, no? Well, the type of toys we are talking about here cost way above the $1,000 mark. Here are seven most expensive toys in the world.

Here are seven most expensive toys in the world.

Diamond Barbie – $551.000

barbie-dollThe Barbie doll is without doubt one of the most sought after toys for girls. While a regular Barbie doll shouldn’t cost a fortune, the luxurious Barbies, however, goes for the price of a whopping $551.000. The doll was sold at an auction for Breast Cancer Research in 2010.

Designed by Stefano Canturi; this Barbie doll is adorned with a choker featuring a one-carat square-cut pink diamond because she has places to go and needs to look her best. She also wears a black strapless evening dress.

This is one luxurious doll, isn’t it?

The Gold Rocking Horse – $1.28 million        

gold-rocking-toyFor a rocking horse to be worth a huge sum of $1.28 million; it sure has to be made of pure gold!

Now the question is; will your kid appreciate and value this golden toy as much as you would? Because hey, kids are kids and wouldn’t really care much.

Jeweller Ginza Tanaka crafted the 24 carat gold rocking horse in honour of the birth of Japan’s only prince. It weighs 80 pounds and Jay-Z and Beyoncé bought their own version of the toy for Blue Ivy from the same company for around $600,000.

Jay and Bey are American royalty after all.

The Masterpiece Rubik’s Cube – $1.5 million                                             

rubiks-cubeThis is an expensive take on the classic Rubik’s Cube. Designed with 18 carat gold; each side has 185 carats of precious gems. It was produced by Diamond Cutters International in 1995.

So if you are a sucker for precious gems, and you’d rather play the game matching up 22.5 carats of amethysts, 34 carats of emeralds, and 34 carats of rubies instead of stickers on plastic, then this toy was made for you.

Though it looks like jewellery, it’s completely functional and perhaps the precious stones on it may bring good luck in solving the cube in less than a minute.

Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear – $2.1 million

steiff-louis-vuitton-teddy-bear-2-1-millionThe German toy company – Steiff, is known for its super expensive toys that no parent can afford.

This particular bear was sold at a 2000 Monaco auction to Jessie Kim of Korea. It now lives in the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju, Korea. Sporting a Louis Vuitton coat and hat; its fur has real gold and its eyes are made of sapphires and diamonds.

In addition to being the most expensive, it is also the most fashionable teddy bear out there as it poses with its Louis Vuitton luggage because of course, the stylish toy needs to travel in style.

Shimansky Soccer Ball – $2.59 million

soccer-ballWhy would you buy a soccer ball that you won’t have to kick except, of course, you want to kick around 2,640 black diamonds, 6,620 white diamonds and 3,500 African diamonds on the ground?

Going for a sum of over 2.5 million dollars; this gorgeous soccer ball took 3 months to make and was designed by Shimansky a South African jeweller known to work exclusively with diamond and tanzanite jewellery.

The soccer ball, weighing in at the standard 4.8 pounds, was created to commemorate the World Cup in 2010 that was held in its native country (SouthAfrica).

Lamborghini Aventador LP Model Car – $4.8 million

lamborghiniAt $4.8 million, this toy car will cost you way more than the real thing; so if you can’t afford a real Lamborghini, then you certainly cannot afford this toy.

Taking about 500 hours to finish the model; this pricey toy features gold and platinum rims, and diamonds in its seats, steering wheel and headlights.

If you have so much money to put on something, it’s best to buy the real car for less than a million dollars and fully operational.

Madame Alexander Eloise – $5 million

madame-alexander-eloiseThe pricey Barbie may be an expensive toy; but certainly not as expensive as this one.

Created by doll designer and the toy’s namesake Madame Alexander, this stylish handmade doll sports Christian Dior cloth, Oscar de la Renta fur and Katherine Baumann accessories decorated with Swarovski crystals and 9 carats of diamonds – talk about a classy and high-class toy! She’s one out of 5; each coming with other accessories like an equally stylish dog for one.

8 Most Expensive Dresses Worn By Famous Celebrities


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8 Most Expensive Dresses Worn By Famous Celebrities

Who knew that covering one’s nakedness could cost a fortune? When it comes to celebrities of the western world and their dresses; clothing and vanity are two words that can be used interchangeably!

Here are some of the most expensive dresses ever worn by female celebrities.

Melania Knauss – $125,000

Melania KnaussMelania Knauss is a former model and present wife of billionaire Republic Presidential Candidate-Donal Trump. She became more popular few days ago thanks to her speech which happened to be an act of plagiarism.

Away from that, her beautiful wedding dress was designed by the famous fashion designer, Christian Dior and it amounts to $125,000.

The dress was so huge that Melania was suggested to eat well before the wedding so that she could bear the weight of the dress. She was made to sit on a bench rather than a chair to accommodate for its volume. After much stress wearing this gown, it sure worth being among the list of the  most expensive dresses.

The dress was also embroidered with over 1,500 rhinestones and pearls and it made her look like a goddess.

Elizabeth Taylor $167,500

Elizabeth TaylorThe iconic Elizabeth Taylor remains one of the modern cinema’s greatest beauties, which is probably why the dress she wore to the 1970 Oscars is held in high regard. In fact, the periwinkle and violet chiffon dress is ranked as one of the most expensive Oscar dresses of all time, when in 1999, it was auctioned and sold for $167,500. The fact that the dress was designed by Edith Head may also have contributed to the value.

Cate Blanchett – $200,000

Cate BlanchettWorn to the 2007 Oscars; Cate Blanchett glided and swayed in an Armani Privé dress crafted from a teal/silver mesh fabric covered with Swarovski crystals and featured a one-shoulder look. The dress also flaunted a black clustered spangle floral motif and a tulle overlay and it all amounts to $200,000.

Kate Middleton’s – $400,000

Kate Middleton Wedding DressDesigned by Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen, this dress was worn by the Duchess of Cambridge at her royal wedding with Prince William in 2011. The dress was at a whopping $400,000.

The lace applique bodice flaunted hand-cut, individually-applied English and French Chantilly lace roses which symbolized England, thistles for Scotland, daffodils for Wales and shamrocks for Ireland.

The dress was just as glorious as the wedding.

Marilyn Monroe -$1.3 Million

Marilyn MonroeAlso known as “Happy Birthday Dress”; this dress was worn by the Marilyn Monroe at President John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday party. It was also considered as the first costume that crossed the 1 million mark in the world.

The dress was designed by the Jean-Louis Berthaulto, who was a very famous American designer in 1961. It was made only for Monroe to attend the party of President and the attire was all in the news because of its high price tag.

The costume was all covered with sequins that shine like diamonds. Its actual price tag said, $12, 000, but in an auction, it was sold for $1.3 million.

Nicole Kidman -$2 Million

Nichole KidmanBeautiful actress, Nicole Kidman is the only other person to wear a dress that crossed the million-dollar mark. This gorgeous green-gold dress is adorned with intricate embroidery and comes from Dior’s Haute Couture.

The amazing thing about this $2 million dress is that she wore it to the Oscar’s in 1997, and 18 years later, it still is one of the most expensive dresses ever worn by a celebrity.

Kim Kardashian’s – $ 2.1 Million

Kim Kardashian- Most Expensive DressesThis Givenchy dress designed by Riccardo Tisci, was worn by the famous reality Tv star, Kim Kardashian on her wedding day – May 2014 (with Kanye West).

The dress recently broke the record to be the World’s most expensive celebrity wedding dress and guess what; even the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s wedding dress didn’t cost that much.

Jennifer Lawrence – $4 Million

Jennifer LawrenceThe dress was lent by Dior during the 2013 Oscars where Jennifer Lawrence went to win her first ever Oscar. Due to her famous tripping incident, the fashion house was graced with extended airtime and publicity.

A List Of Some Of The Best Gins In The World


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Gins

A classy man can always tell a classic gin by its taste. Derived from its predominant flavour- the juniper berries, gins has evolved over the course of a millennium from an herbal medicine to an object of commerce in the spirits industry.

So are you a lover of quality and classic gins, there here is a list of some of the best gins in the world:

Hendrick’s

Hendrick's GinAnother Scottish brand, Hendrick’s first showed up on the market in 1999 and quickly became one of the most popular gin brands in the world. What sets Hendrick’s apart from the competition is the flavour.

After juniper and the other usual botanicals, Hendrick’s is also flavoured with Bulgarian rose and cucumber to give it a sweet, floral flavour that is just as easy to sip on its own as it is to mix into your favourite cocktails.

Caorunn

Caorunn GinHandcrafted in small batches at Balmenach Distillery in Scotland’s Speyside region, Caorunn is an unusual herbal experience thanks to its use of Rowan Berry and other foraged botanicals from the Scottish Highlands. These include Bog Myrtle, Heather, Coul Blush Apple and Dandelion Leaf.

The well balanced fruity flavours of the Caorunn make it exceedingly drinkable. Dry and crisp when neat, use tonic sparingly so as not to lose its subtle notes.

Anchor Old Tom

Anchor Old Tom GinThe third gin made by Anchor, Old Tom is a classic pot-still distilled gin made with juniper and myriad botanicals that are formulated to create a sweeter, less dry gin. This is because of the addition of star anise and liquorice as well as a surprising ingredient: stevia. The sweetness of Anchor Old Tom gin is perfectly suited for slow sipping on a crisp fall day.

Historically, they served a public that adored sugar, and bartenders would often sweeten each batch based on customer preference.

Monkey 47

Monkey 47 GinMonkey 47 is an incredibly fun gin that serves the purpose of getting sozzled better than all others. Hailing from the Black Forest in Germany, the name comes from the number of botanicals that go into this unique gin, and the fact it’s bottled at bedtime-inducing 47% proof. Palate-wise it’s complex (there are 47 tastes in there!), woody, spicy, fruity and herby. Pretty much everything a gin can be.

Tanqueray No.10

Tanqueray No.10Handcrafted in small batches using its unique quadruple distillation process, Tanqueray No. 10 is an exceptionally smooth and fresh tasting gin and was launched in 2000. Using fresh, whole citrus fruits during the process it greatly adds to the depth of character inherent in Tanqueray No.10 Gin.

Indisputably a step up in class, the gin is smoother than Tanqueray’s classic offering. The gin has a full-bodied grapefruit and citrus hit and is recommended by many bartenders as the perfect choice of martini gin. There’s still plenty of juniper in the mix as well as a lovely floral note on the nose, but the smooth citrus finish and the relatively high strength (47.3% ABV) makes this gin one of the very best on the market.

 

Top Ten Richest People In Africa For 2016


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Dangote - Top Ten Richest People In Africa For 2016

The African continent is not only rich in natural resources, culture and tradition; it also boasts of  a number of important personalities, who have attained great financial success over the years.

Here are the top ten richest people in Africa for 2016 as presently estimated by Forbes.

 

  1. Naguib Sawiris

Nationality – Egyptian

Net Worth: $3 billion

Naguib Sawiris is the son of Onsi Sawiris who established the Orascom Group and is the eldest of three brothers, Nassef Sawiris and Samih Sawiris.

Since joining Orascom, the family business in 1979, Sawiris has contributed to the growth and diversification of the company into what it is today – one of Egypt’s largest and most diversified conglomerates and the country’s largest private sector employer.

Naguib Sawiris established and built the railway, information technology, and telecommunications.

 

  1. Issad Rebrab

Nationality – Algerian

Net Worth: $3.1 billion

 

Issad Rebrab founder of Cevital, he owns one of the largest sugar refineries in the world, with an annual output of 1.5 million tons.

Earlier in his life, Issad taught ‘Accountability and Commercial Law’ then later went on to start his own accounting firm. His industrial adventure began in 1971 when he took 20% of shares of ‘Sotecom’, a metallurgical construction company.

 

Although he left Algeria after a terrorist attack on one of his firms, but he later returned in 1998 to open Cevital which has grown to become one of the biggest conglomerates in Algeria.

 

  1. Isabel dos Santos
Isabel dos Santos

Isabel dos Santos – Top Ten Richest People In Africa For 2016

Nationality – Angolan

Net Worth: $3.1 billion

 

Daughter of Angola’s longtime president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos – Isabel dos Santos’ net worth is $3.1 Billion. Despite denying that her wealth has any connection to her father, investigations reveal that her father had transferred stakes in several Angolan companies to her.

 

Isabel edged her way to amassing her fortune when she began in the early 90s working for a German recycling company. Later on she set up a trucking business and then started a walkie-talkie system that paved the way for her subsequent foray into the telecoms industry.

Her source of wealth comes from Investments.

 

  1. Nathan Kirsch

Nationality – Swaziland

 Net Worth: $3.7 billion

 

Born in South Africa,  Nathan Kirsch  is the founder of Jetro Holdings, a cash and carry wholesaler of perishable and non-perishable consumer products. As of 2012, Kirsh had a 63 percent stake in Jetro Holdings, a holding company that owns 86 Restaurant Depot stores plus 10 Jetro Cash & Carry stores.

 

Kirsch made his first fortune in Swaziland several decades ago when he founded a corn milling business in 1958. He subsequently expanded into wholesale food distribution in apartheid South Africa and commercial property development.

 

His source of wealth comes from retail.

 

  1. Nassef Sawiris
Nassef Sawiris

Nassef Sawiris – Top Ten Richest People In Africa For 2016

Nationality:  Egyptian

Net Worth: $4.1 billion

 

Nassef Sawiris is Egypt’s richest man. He is the CEO of Orascom Construction Industries (OCI), the country’s most valuable publicly-traded company.

 

Now with an estimated net-worth of $4.1 billion by Forbes, Sawiris started his race to the billionaires’ lane early in the 90’s after he oversaw the construction activities of Orascom. Later on, he became the CEO of the company.

 

His source of wealth comes from construction and trading in chemicals.

 

  1. Johann Rupert

Nationality – South African

Net Worth – $5.3 billion

 

With a net worth of $5.3 billion, South African business tycoon, Johann Rupert comes in on the list as number 5. Rupert is the chairman of the Swiss-based luxury-goods company Richemont as well as of the South Africa-based company Remgro.

 

Together with his family he was estimated to be worth $7.7 billion as of September 2013 and Forbes ranked him as one of the five richest Africans.

 

After working in a number of A list financial firms abroad, he returned to South Africa in 1979 and founded Rand Merchant Bank of which he was CEO.

His source of wealth comes mainly from trading luxury goods.

4Christoffel Wiese

Nationality – South African

Net Worth: $6.2 billion

 Christoffel Wiese practiced law at the Cape Bar for several years before working as a Director at Pepkor – the discount clothing chain that his parents helped to found. His outstanding work with Shoprite.

 

saw the consumer retail store grow into a multi-billion dollar business due to various acquisitions and expansion strategies.

His source of wealth comes mainly from Retailing.

3Nicky Oppenheimer

Nationality – South African

Net Worth: $6.6 billion

Africa’s third richest man is the South African born businessman and philanthropist, Nicky Oppenheimer. 

He was formerly the chairman of De Beers diamond mining company and of its subsidiary, the Diamond Trading Company.

His source of wealth comes from trading Diamonds.

2 Mike Adenuga

Nationality – Nigerian

Net Worth: $10 billion

 

Mike Adenuga’s estimated net-worth of $10 billion sees him raked as the second richest person in Africa.

 

His financial success began way back in  1991, after he received a drilling license and found oil in commercial quantity in the shallow waters of Southwestern Ondo State to become the first indigenous oil company to do so.

 

Mike Adenuga is number, 103 on Forbe’s list of world billionaires.

sectors of Orascom.

 

  1. Aliko Dangote

 Nationality: Nigerian

Net Worth: $14.4 billion

Forbes Magazine - Aliko Dangote

 

 Born on the 10th of April, 1957, Dangote ranks as the richest African on the continent – thanks to a staggering net-worth of $14.4 billion as estimated by Forbes.

Aliko Dangote accumulated his wealth through manufacturing and trading commodity goods under his company, Dangote Group. His sugar refinery, Dangote Sugar is the major supplier (70% of the market) of sugar to the country’s soft drinks companies, breweries and confectioners.

Dangote is currently the number 51 on Forbe’s list of world billionaires. His businesses also cover a number of other commodities which include; cement, flour and salt.

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Black Mamba – Kobe Bryant’s Hat On Sale For $38,000


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Kobe Bryant's Hat

Two Kobe Bryant-inspired hat designs made by New Era were launched with a jaw breaking price tag. One of the hats – a black lambskin with a “24” logo as well in 3.5 ounces of 18-karat gold, plus a bill made of python and gold and black snakeskin to represent Kobe’s “Black Mamba” nickname goes for a whopping $38,000.

$38,000 Kobe Bryant's HatKobe BryantThe other hat design, is a purple Italian cashmere hat with 5 yellow diamonds on top of the 24 logo to represent his 5 rings and 5 championships and gold snakeskin under the brim. The hats are priced at $24,008 each.

$24,000 HatBryantOnly eight of these hats were made and they are available for purchase at the Staples Centre at the TEAM LA store. The hats are under an A-list care—Brink’s truck transportation, flights, and security guards.

With a limited run of only 8 caps, fans with big wallets will sure not hesitate to buy them.

Will you buy the Black Mamba hat for that price, if you could afford it? Don’t hesitate to drop your comments in the comment box below.

Most Expensive Haircuts In The World


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Expensive Haircuts

For some, having a haircut is way beyond the ordinary! I bet you didn’t know that the most expensive haircut in the world cost $40,000! Here is a list of the most expensive haircuts published on financeonline.com.

Read on:

Jennifer Lopez- ($400)

Jennifer Lopez’s haircut demands are exclusively entrusted to the able hands of world renowned hairstylist Oribe. His fee comes up to $400 for even the simplest trim at the ends of Lopez’s week-old new growth. Oribe also do not do any hair-colouring, his art is focused on the cut, so there’s got to be more that’s being paid for his specialty and mastery.

Jennifer Aniston– ($600)

Next on our list does not come as a surprise – Jennifer Aniston, who once made the world stop with the now iconic The Rachel cut she sported in Friends. The sitcom made its six lead stars not only famous but rich as well, but Jennifer went on being really popular with her ageless look, thanks to her $600 per service haircut from stylist Chris McMillan, who actually created The Rachel for her. And whatever the season may be, Aniston maintains the layered bob effect.

Michael Douglas- ($1,000)

The year was 1969, and 25-year-old actor Michael Douglas was prepping up for his role as Carl Dixon for the movie Hail, Hero! As a student who quits school to join the Army, a scene in the movie required him to have his long mane cut, to the tune of $1,000 (that’s $6,000 today) paid to the “amateur barber” who did the job. Douglas was said to be unhappy with his new haircut, but a nomination as best newcomer of the year from the Golden Globes Award made up for the lost strands. He lost to Jon Voight who starred in Midnight Cowboy though.

Rhianna- ($2,000)

Rihanna definitely gets a spot for the most expensive haircut due to the frequency of the hair services she requires from celebrity hairstylist Ursula Stephen. Rihanna reportedly requires almost a week of continuous hair care, topmost of which is cutting her hair here and there to achieve the ever-changing daring styles she sports on and off stage.  The fee comes up to almost $2,000 a week!

David Beckham– ($6,000)

Recently retired soccer superstar David Beckham got his rich, somewhat long mass of haircut and softened as requirement for his endorsement contract with Brylcreem, the hair cream for gents’ sleek, smart hairstyle. The price: $6,000. The look is to give Brylcreem a lift of modernity, promoting it not just as men’s hair cream for classic well-groomed hair but for modern, sporty men as well.

Beverley Lateo- ($16,000)

The next on the most expensive haircut list cost $16,000 that was paid for to the locks of Italian billionaire Beverley Lateo from Pisa. The job was done by hairstylist to the stars, Stuart Phillips in his Covent Garden Salon in London. Apparently, Miss Beverley couldn’t find a suitable haircutter to give her long layers some fresh makeover, so Phillips of British magazines and ladies-who-lunch fame got the offer. It was not just indiscriminate spending after all, as the client got a service deluxe for her trip, including a limousine service, a champagne lunch and a luxurious massage, among others.

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah- (€24,000)

The haircut of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei is on our fourth most expensive list, as the royalty pays an average of €24,000 (or roughly $31,000) to his favourite “barber” Ken Modestou from the salon of Dorchester Hotel in London. To get his job done, Modestou is flown first class to where the Sultan is. The fee may be so much to drool for those whose annual income sums up to that figure, but for the sultan whose estimated net worth is $17 billion; it’s just a drop of water in the ocean. Lucky Modestou has been in charge of the sultan’s royal mane for 16 years.

John Paul Dejoria– ($40,000)

In January 2005, John Paul Dejoria, a hair care guru himself and co-founder of the hair care company John Paul Mitchell Systems had his trademark ponytail cut off at a whopping price of $40,000! The extravagant chop was executed by Liza Geebons who is famous not as a hairstylist but as a TV personality. Although Dejoria is worth $4 billion, his family and friends also contributed to the haircutting “fee,” which went to the International Red Cross for the benefit of the victims of the tsunami in Asia.

 

A Look At The 2016 Toyota Supra FT-1, As We Await Its Arrival


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2016 Toyota Supra

After a successful project merger with BMW, Toyota unveiled their 2016 Toyota Supra, a brand new sport coupe. Before its released, there had been rumours about Toyota’s lineup of sport, but the new Supra will be built around the Toyota FT-1 concept car, which made its debut at last year’s Detroit Auto Show in America.

For the interest of those who do not know about the Toyota-BMW merger – Toyota will be providing the design for new Supra FT-1, as well as the platform, while BMW will make the engine, which will likely include a hybrid power-train in the lineup.

It is clearly too early to take a position on the new Supra design, but as it will be based on the FT-1, we can expect a stunning low two-door coupe, pitching lines with graven bodywork and an aggressive front and rear fascia with alternately massive air intakes, exhaust quads, LED headlight and a trademark Supra spoiler. We should also expect a car with carbon-fiber panels and high-strength steels, rounded off with 17-inch wheels and eye-catching range of colours.

One other feature often mentioned in relation to the 2016 Toyota Supra is that it’s going to be available in options of a regular coupe or a convertible. Which means it will require a flatter design throughout. For instance, the FT-1’s aggressive nose will have to go. The air intakes will have to be toned down, but we have no doubt that despite these modifications the end result will still be a whipping car.

Not much is known about the interior of the car, but knowing what we know about a lot of sport cars today, some analysts have conjectured that it will have racing bucket seats, cockpit-like center-stack with upscale materials on the dashboard and door panels, plus a lot of technology upgrades.

So far the safest bet as regards the new Supra’s engine seems to be BMW-developed, direct-injection turbo-four. In the hybrid trim, this will be coupled with Toyota’s own ‘super conductor hybrid’ technology, which is said to generate upwards of 300 kW. The power will be routed to the rear-wheels, although there are very strong indications that at least one motor-generator will be mounted on the front axle to scoop up the braking force and convert it into energy.

While there is no specific release date for the Toyota Supra FT-1, but words around suggest it will hit market in the last quarter of 2016.

A Meal At The World Most Expensive Restaurants


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Ultraviolet Shanghai

A restaurant is a business which prepares and serves food and drinks to customers in exchange for money, either paid before the meal, after the meal, or with an open account. Meals are generally served and eaten within the premises, but some restaurants also offer take-out and food delivery services.

Restaurants vary greatly in appearance and offerings, including a wide variety of cuisines and service models, ranging from inexpensive fast food restaurants to high-priced luxury establishments.

In Western countries, most mid to high-range restaurants serve alcoholic beverages such as beer and wine. Some restaurants serve all the major meals, such as breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other restaurants may only serve lunch and dinner.

Let’s have look at the most expensive restaurants in the world as at 2015

Sublimotion Ibiza – Spain
Sublimotion Ibiza Spain
Sublimotion holds the record for the world’s most expensive dinner set at €1,500 per head. Michelin-starred chef Paco Roncero spent two years developing this multi-sensory culinary voyage, which marries art, gastronomy and virtual reality thanks to the latest wearable technology from Samsung. Two dozen chefs fret over 12 diners in a room completely encased in blank screens, which light up with audio-visuals that change throughout the meal. Ever-shifting stimuli are meant to trick the mind and enhance all five senses as guests embark on a 20-course journey around the world from the bottom of the ocean to the depths of outer space.

Ultraviolet – Shanghai
Ultraviolet Shanghai
Ultraviolet opened for business in May 2012, offering an avant-garde 20-course menu to 10 guests per night from a mysterious building somewhere in Shanghai (guests are escorted from a designated meeting point). This immersive dining experience from French chef Paul Pairet takes shape within a bare bones room with no decor, no ornaments and no views.  It has a 360-degree wall projections, table projections, scent diffusers and a multichannel speaker system set the tone, enhancing diners’ experience of flavour through a meticulously controlled atmosphere.

Tickets Bar – Barcelona, Spain
Tickets Bar - Barcelona
Tickets Bar is the pet project of Ferran Adrià, of elBulli fame, and his brother, Albert. Their mysterious and hard to book Barcelona outpost (you can try your luck getting “tickets” two months in advance) has caused a stir not only for its inventive and affordable tapas, but for the way they’re served (exploding olives, cotton candy trees). The atmosphere draws equal inspiration from the theater and the circus, with a nod to Willy Wonka and his over stimulating chocolate factory.  It’s a place where chefs toil away at various workstations, waiters prance around like theatre ushers and morsels of food arrive with the flair and mystery of a vaudeville act.

Christchurch – New Zealand
Christchurch - New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand, is the unlikely home of the world’s first dedicated wine and sound bar, which lies within the recently opened Auricle Sonic Arts Gallery. Sound artist and wine critic Jo Burzynska is the brains behind Auricle’s multi-sensory experiences.

Each month she selects a range of New Zealand and international wines to match the sonorous qualities of Auricle’s changing exhibitions. Rich red wines, for example, can come alive with lower pitched and slower pieces of music. That’s because bass emphasizes the body of a wine and can match the tempo of weightier styles that glide across the palate slowly.

Alain Ducasse At The Dorchester – London
Alain Ducasse At The Dorchester - London
The Dorchester, Dorchester’s Collection iconic is situated at the heart of London’s Mayfair on Park Lane. Some of London’s top dining is available here, including, three Michelin star Alain Ducasse serving contemporary French cuisine.

Ducasse is one of the world’s most decorated chefs. He is the only chef ever to win three Michelin stars at three venues at the same time. He has created innovative dining concepts reflecting international influences. Clients can enjoy a modern and refined approach, consistently championing and enhancing current seasonal produce.

Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
This restaurant was set on a private island in the middle of the Indian Ocean; this resort offers a choice of 12 restaurants and bars to guests, including water villas on stilts and a bar with 101 of the world’s best cheeses, but the resort is most famous for the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, the world’s first and only undersea, all-glass restaurant. Ithaa sits five metres below the surface, offering 180-degree panoramic views of the vibrant coral gardens surrounding it. The restaurant, meaning ‘mother of pearl’ in the Maldivian language of Dihevi, serves contemporary European cuisine.

eleMMent Palazzo Superior – The World’s Most Luxurious Mobile Home


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eleMMent Palazzo Superior

If you have found yourself ‘wowing’ at the sight of amazing home designs, you will definitely be blown away by this palace on wheels. Imagine a home that combines design features from the worlds of motor-sports, aviation and yachting to create a singular masterpiece that also affords you a mobile feature; The eleMMent Palazzo Superior is no doubt that masterpiece. The humongous 40-foot-long mobile home takes luxury to the next level.

A brown eleMMent Palazzo Superior

A brown eleMMent Palazzo Superior

The eleMMent Palazzo Superior is a top-of-the-line mobile home model that has been recognized in over 190 countries as the most luxurious and, without doubt, the most outstanding mobile home to-date. The vehicle’s striking appearance is ahead of its time and was manufactured with extreme precision using high performance carbon fiber materials. Its sports car design lines and 36-inch rim covers resemble those of race cars. The cockpit features a central digital instrumentation and MMI control inspired by jet cockpits, but functions like a luxury limousine. The panoramic, helicopter-like windshield can be darkened in two stages using an adjustable sun protection system. And that’s not all.

Front view of the luxurious mobile home

Front view of the luxurious mobile home

Manufactured by Marchi Mobile, the body construction emphasizes the strong design statement of the eleMMent series while also offering breath-taking functionality and comfort. The complex body construction manufacturing process was chosen because it exceeds the needs of mobile homes by far. Its self-supporting and incredibly robust structure, with a 60mm wall thickness, provides outstanding stability and an insulation rating comparable to expedition vehicles operated on extreme off-road terrains. The design lines remain elegant and eye-catching with integrated yacht windows and fine chrome trim to aid indirect lighting.

Back view of the luxurious mobile home

Back view of the luxurious mobile home

Described as a private jet on wheels, this mobile home features a Sky Lounge, one of the true highlights of the eleMMent Palazzo Superior. Exclusively reserved for the owner’s outstanding scenic views, its automatic lift system raises it up out of the body to create a walled-in roof deck. An exterior stairwell leads up to the spacious deck with integrated lounge furniture and radiant floor heating. Focused was placed on the interior design in order to create a true ‘home away from home’ for the owners accustomed to only the highest standards. A specially developed air convection system ensures a comfortable interior temperature and even prevents excess pressurization when sliding out the full-wall room extensions. Different temperature zones can be programmed and a continuous air circulation system ensures the best air quality at all times.

The Cockpit

The Cockpit

The eleMMent’s purposeful engineering has created a living space that provides maximum comfort for owners and guests. Another of the most outstanding features is a 4-meter couch within reach of a bar, a wine cabinet and an icemaker, not to mention a large TV screen across the room. The open kitchenette adds to the spacious interior atmosphere. The bathroom is discretely separated from the living room and master bedroom and can be entered from either rooms. The large master bedroom features a king-size bed, manufactured by the same company that supplies beds to the British royal family, and is considered the most comfortable in the world. The fine Italian bed linen is of highest quality. The bedroom furnishings not only provide ample storage capacity but also a dressing table and a large-screen TV. An adjoining spa area provides a private retreat for the owners and features a 1.5sqm glazed rainfall shower. Also, light therapy, architectural mirrors and special surfaces create a serene atmosphere reserved for the elite few.

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Seven Most Expensive Useless Things


Written by HF Magazine Staff  | 


Seven Most Expensive Useless Things

For some, luxury does not always have to make sense- it can be completely pointless; as pointless as a golden toilet paper!

So here is a list of the most expensive useless things ever. Read on:

 

Fishing Lure ($1 million)

diamond fishing lureUsing a normal fishing lure will not stop anyone from catching fish? Unless the fish you want to catch likes jewellery; then you probably can consider this diamond, rubies and gold fishing lure; it is the most expensive fishing lure in the world but it really doesn’t do anything special. You can consider getting one if you fancy a luxurious fishing trip- It might bring you some luck!

 

22 Carat Gold Toilet Paper ($1,376,900)

Golden Toilet PaperAustralia-based Toilet Paper Man believes that a touch of luxury is necessary at all times – even when it comes to answering the call of nature. Hence the company produced a 3 ply roll of toilet paper made from 22 carat gold flakes worth $1,376,900. The roll, if bought, will be hand delivered and is perfectly safe to use- but who is dumb enough to buy that to actually use and not put in some sort of glass cabinet? All you’d be doing is literally throwing money down the drain!

 

Lake Forest Confections Chocolates Box ($1.500.000)

Lake Forest Confections Chocolates Box ($1.500.000)We all love chocolate, and who wouldn’t love a $1.500.000 chocolate box? Le Chocolat includes a selection of Lake Forest Confections gourmet chocolate masterpieces from the world’s best confectioners, as well as an arrangement of magnificent jewellery from Simon’s personal jewellery and gemstone vault.

The jewellery that comes along with the box of chocolates includes an amazing collection of natural yellow and blue diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires from Simons Jewellers.

 

The Magnetic Floating Bed ($1.6 Million)

magnetic-floating-bedWhen you sleep on this, you feel like you’re literally sleeping on air; that is because this bed levitates in mid-air 1.3 feet off the floor. It can hold 2,000 pounds of weight and by all means is very cool, but is it fantastic enough to invest $1.6 million dollars on?

 

Dog Collar ($3.2 million)

Dog Collar ($3.2 million)When one can gift one’s fiancée a diamond ring, then surely one can gift one’s best friend diamonds too. They say a dog is a man’s best friend so this dog collar can be the perfect present for your canine companion. “Amour Amour Dog Collar” is made of crocodile leather, platinum and 18-carat white gold and it worth a whopping $3.2 million

 

Damien Hirst’s Diamond Skull ($100 million)

Damien-Hirts-Diamond-Skull 100-millionDamien Hirst is a controversial artist, who has a Diamond Skull worth a $100 million. The skull has 8.601 encrusted diamonds and has a pear-shaped 52 carat pink diamond located in the forehead that is known as the Skull Star Diamond, but our question is… why? The diamond skull is more like the most expensive and pointless thing on earth!

 

Painting No. 5, 1948 – $140 million

Painting No. 5, 1948 – $140 millionAnyone who takes a close look at this painting would conclude it is a mess created by an angry toddler. This painting was created by Jackson Pollock, a painter known for his part in the abstract expressionist movement. It was bought in 2006 by David Martinez for the stated figure and has previously exchanged many hands.

 

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