This 9.75-carat blue diamond set two world records when it was auctions for $32.5 million dollars at Sotheby’s Thursday. (Sotheby’s)
In the past, Consumerist has reported on some high-priced, heavily sought-after auction items –– there was the most valuable stamp that sold for $9.5 million and the world’s most expensive bottle of whiskey priced at $628,205. But combining those two winning bid wouldn’t even get you close to half of the $32.6 million someone bid to win a blue diamond at Sotheby’s Thursday night.
Forbes reports that the $32.645 million winning bid for the 9.75-carat fancy vivid blue diamond set two records: the highest bid for a blue diamond and the highest price-per-carat for any diamond ($3,348,205 per-carat).
The diamond, which was from the collection of heiress and philanthropist Rachel Lambert Mellon, also shattered its high estimated bid price of $15 million.
“From the moment I saw this diamond, I knew that it would be one of the most important stones that I will ever have the privilege of presenting at auction,” Gary Schuler, head of Sotheby’s Jewelry Department in New York, tells Forbes. “Mrs Mellon’s diamond absolutely deserves the place in the record books that it achieved tonight.”
In all, seven bidders spent 20 minutes trying to win the pear-shaped diamond. The gem ultimately sold to a Hong Kong private collector, who named it “The Zoe Diamond,” Forbes reports.
The previous high-bid blue diamond record holder sold for $24.3 million at Christie’s in London in 2008. The earlier per-carat auction record of $2.4 million per-carat was set by a 14.82-carat fancy vivid orange diamond at Christie’s in Geneva in 2013.
Autumn is well underway – and if the chill in the air is making you reach for the thermals – here are 8 of the best escapes where you can continue sun worshiping to your heart’s desire. There is not better time to book a autumn/winter escape – so without further ado here’s our favourite luxury escapes this month. This luxury resort in the Maldives has been described as ‘quirky and fun’ and very different to anything on offer in the Maldives – perfect if you who want to do more than just lie on a beach.
Gaya Island Resort, Borneo is an eco-chic resort in Pulau Gaya, the largest of a cluster of five islands that form the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. The resort is fringed with a golden sandy beach, rocky coastal outcrops and surrounded by coral reefs.
The One&Only Ocean Club conveys an ambiance of a classic colonial plantation, edged by miles of soft dune beach. The luxury resort in the Bahamas is known for attracting the jet set.
Viceroy Anguilla resort in the Caribbean is situated on 35 lush acres, with plenty of beach frontage along both Barnes and Meads Bays. Visitors to Viceroy Anguilla can perfectly combine sunshine and relaxation with action and adventure, following the resort’s recent enhancements to its fitness and wellness facilities.
For those who like their sunshine to come with a great party atmosphere, Miami’s Shore Club in South Beach is the place to head for winter sun. The boutique oceanside resort offers a luxurious playground for the jet set. This beachside paradise in Belize offers eco-chic accommodation in a beautiful seaview cottage. Enjoy a day of snorkeling along the Great Barrier Reef, unwind in one of two infinity pools, or on the white-sand beach that dissolves into the clear Caribbean ocean.
The Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa is a unique concept that combines modern technology with the opulence of Indian and Thai palaces gone by – transporting you into another world where Asia meets the editerranean. Dar Jaguar is a medieval riad that has been beautifully restored as a breathtakingly beautiful private guesthouse. Located in the heart of the old medina in Marrakech and a stone’s throw away from the world-renowned Jemaa el Fna Square, Dar Jaguar is perfect for a weekend escape.
Queen Mary 2, the famous Cundrad Line company ship, presents the most luxurious cabin you've ever seen on a yacht. Five Grand Duplex suites offer premium amenities that are so well designed and worthy to be part of the most prestigious hotels and luxury private residences, complete with butler service and concierge. Cabins with an area of approximately 240 m2 have two marble bathrooms, a beautiful marble staircase that leads to the magnificent bedrooms located on the upper level, and as part of this ship is a private gym. There is also fully equipped minibar, dining room for eight people, separate changing rooms, interactive plasma TV sets, as well as special corner for a private office. To experience a truly unforgettable experience, each duplex apartment has a large balcony, from where you can enjoy flawless and magnificent views of the ocean. As an additional benefit, this yacht’s guests have exclusive access to famous restaurants that are on board. Price for a trip around the world on this yacht in Grand Duplex apartment is $ 200,000, or about 1,730 dollars a night for a trip that lasts 113 days.
Exquisite luxury and particularly comprehensive standard features are on offer from the Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series.
Finished in the Exclusive factory, the series is limited to 100 units worldwide. It is based on the Panamera Turbo S Executive, the 570 hp (419 kW) top version of the grand tourer with a long wheelbase and very generously proportioned rear passenger space. The world premiere takes place at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Being provided by Porsche for the first time on the Panamera Exclusive Series is two-colour, graduated paintwork: below the door handles a contrast is created with the timeless deep black metallic paint by a chestnut brown metallic colour that runs in the background along the lines of the car to the rear. Every one of the 100 vehicles is being painted by hand in order to ensure a harmonious blend of colour. The front air inlet grilles and the 20-inch wheels in the Sport Classic design are, for instance, also deep black metallic.
The interior is also very elegantly finished. All of the seats and the lower door panels are covered in Poltrona Frau leather in the prestigious Italian brand's Agatha Chestnut Brown colour. The skins being used for the Panamera Exclusive Series are all hand-picked and exceptionally soft. In order to enable seat ventilation, the seats' centre panels are perforated – exclusively for this limited edition in the form of the Porsche crest. The upper door trim is in black milled nappa leather. Chestnut brown stitching in selected places create contrasting touches. Inspired by the two-colour exterior paintwork, the decorative interior trim elements also feature a blend of colours: a transition to the rear from classic walnut burl wood into a deep black piano lacquer surface.
A world premiere is being given in the Panamera Exclusive Series to Porsche's newly developed Rear Seat Entertainment System Plus. The main components of the multimedia system, fitted as standard in this limited edition, are two high-resolution 10.1-inch touchscreens in the back with built-in camera and integrated DVD player. The system facilitates comprehensive business and entertainment functions, including in combination with mobile Internet access. The sound is played out either via cordless headphones or the Burmester high-end surround sound system.
In the interior of every vehicle of the Panamera Exclusive Series is a tag showing its individual limited edition number. On the outside hand-made badges behind the front air intakes show like a signature that the vehicle originates from the Porsche Exclusive factory.
As an optional extra, Porsche is offering a matching, five-piece luggage set, which is likewise made of high-quality Poltrona Frau leather and features both perforations in the shape of the Porsche crest and Exclusive Series embossing.
The Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series is now available to be ordered and costs 249,877 Euro, including value added tax and country-specific features. The limited series is available only as a left-hand drive car.
Porsche Exclusive stands for the highest form of individualisation direct from the factory. Since its formation in 1986, limited editions have repeatedly showcased new design ideas and what is technically achievable. Completed by hand in the Porsche Exclusive factory, every vehicle underlines the manufacturer's craftsmanship and passion for detail.
Luxurious surroundings in the Art Deco style and innovative drinks are not the only reason to visit Beaufort Bar at London's Savoy hotel. The bar itself is beautiful and is located on the site of a former cabaret of this hotel where many famous names performed. The tradition of live performances and entertainment in this area continue to be pursued, so here you can see an evening performance of known and unknown artists, as well as a monthly evenings dedicated to cabaret and burlesque.
News that we’ll present this time are not related to performance or renovation. This bar has just launched a new cocktail menu, which features beautiful handmade and cut illustrations. This menu not only illustrates cocktails - it gives them life, as it is done in the style of pop-up books. Combining traditional and contemporary styles and techniques in working with ink, pencil and digital color, artist Joe Wilson and expert cutting paper Helen Friel, presented the creations of Chris Moore in the right way. At the start menu, there are soft drinks, followed by a mixture of fruit and sweet drinks, and at the end of strong drinks, with spicy notes and rich flavors.
Cold days came to us, so the wardrobe we wear has become warmer and more layered. But what's hiding under the clothes of Candice Swanepoel, Jasmine Tookes and Martha Hunt is very hot. These ladies were the center of attention at the Victoria's Secret shoot that bears the title "Very Sexy Scandalous". These three presented us with the latest pieces of lingerie Victoria's Secret. Seductive trio presents us with pieces of lingerie that is decorated with lace and designed to perfectly emphasize the sensuality of the female body.
Oasis of the Seas is the most massive cruise ship ever built and it is now docked in the UK for the first time ever. The largest cruise ship in the world arrived in Southampton on Wednesday morning. The price of this magnificent ship was 800 million pounds, it weighs 225,282 tons, is 208 feet wide and 1,187 long. This mega ship has enough room for 5,400 passengers, 2,394 crew members on its 16 decks. With 21 pools, its adjusted version of New York's Central Park, Aqua Theatre, seven different parts of the accommodation units that are designed for the ultimate enjoyment, a huge shopping area measuring 10,000 m2, 37 bars and restaurants, this huge cruiser is 40% larger than any another ship that has ever been docked on the shores of Great Britain. The construction of this ship took three years, and it was constructed in Finland. It was officially presented to the world in 2009.
SOLARIS YACHT -Solaris is a yacht with a length of 40.16 meters, which was constructed last year and presented by the Princess Yachts shipyard International. This British shipyard is responsible for the appearance of its exterior, and the interior was done by a British designer Mark Beryman. The yacht is fully adapted to the needs and desires of its new owner, who has worked closely with the designer, in order to create sophisticated vibration, which this yacht radiates. Accommodation on the yacht consists of six cabins where 12 guests can be comfortably accommodated - owner's suite, VIP cabin, two double cabins and two twin cabins. The element that adorns this particular yacht, and by which are known all the M class yachts of Princess shipyard, specifically high windows are placed on either side of the ship, for the sake of achieving spectacular views of the ocean. In addition to the beautiful decorations, deluxe accommodation, interiors also feature a spacious and comfortable lounge, dining area with a fantastic table of Macassar ebony and other high quality materials, and there is even a gym with all the necessary equipment. When you look at the exterior of the yacht, there is a sun deck with wet bar, barbeque area, a spa tub, and plenty of space for relaxing. There is also a wide range of toys for enjoyment on the water, which are primarily designed for those guests who want to experience a little bit of adrenaline. Also, there is a floating pool with an impressive surface.
15 Spider-Man 2 (2004): $ 250.1 million
Hollywood seems to have developed a real passion for sequels, remakes and predecessors movies, so sometimes it is really hard to keep track of all the characters and their stories. Now we are in the middle of Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man era, but the first trilogy in which Tobey Maguire participated as the main character was famous. The second part of the trilogy's first film that is on our list. Elaborate scenery, great camera work and superb special effects that have made this achievement Oscar worthy were very expensive. However, Spider-Man 2 was able to make a commercial success on the basis of its predecessor.
14 King Kong (2005): $ 250.4 million
King Kong is another epic blockbuster, or to be more specific, Peter Jackson's remake of the famous film by Merian C. Cooper in 1933. This film has exceeded its initial budget, so much that Peter Jackson had to cover more than $ 30 million of costs (this is all happening after the trilogy Lord Of The Rings when Jackson earned a minimum of $ 200 million, so he could certainly afford it). However, in the end, King Kong has earned more money than was spent on its production and had very positive reviews, so this project is really paying off.
13 Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003): $ 256.8 million
The first Terminator movie without James Cameron, Rise Of The Machines, takes this franchise into the 21st century, at least in terms of top special effects. Arnold Schwarzenegger found himself in the role in which he was in two previous films, however, this film despite all the effects and the resources had a lack of spirit which made the previous two, especially the second, the eternal classics.
12 John Carter (2012): $ 257.2 million
Launched in 2012, John Carter is one of the "more common" films on this list - in fact, it is shocking how much did this realization cost. Based on the novel Princess of Mars, which dates from 1917, this film has no big stars in the lead roles - virtually the only recognizable name is Willem Dafoe. What raised the cost of production so much was the fact it had to be re-shot because the director Adrew Stanton had experience only with directing animated films. This may not be the smartest move considering that the movie earned about $ 284 million on sales of tickets, which is far less than the consumed massive budget.
11 The Dark Knight Rises (2012): $ 257.2 million
The dramatic conclusion of the famous Batman trilogy by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises, was the least ambitious achievement compared to the previous two. Shooting of the film took place in locations that varied - Jodhpur, London, Nottingham, Pittsburgh, New York and Los Angeles, and almost a half hour of the film was filmed by IMAX cameras for the sake of the best possible quality. Scenery, costumes and accessories do add a lot to the overall cost of production, especially since Nolan is a fan of practical effects instead of CGI special.
10 The Hobbit (2012): $ 257.2 million
Interesting fact, the most expensive film of all Peter Jackson’s deed that is based on Tolkien is not one of those epic with wizards, elves, orcs, kingdoms, but adventure of Bilbo Baggins. Like the previous films, which were to place the events in a universe which is a figment of imagination and fantasy, this movie needed special effects, costumes and makeup, and was filmed mostly on the popular sites of New Zealand.
9 Avatar (2009): $ 261 million
James Cameron has been known as someone who relies on technology and special effects to perfectly tell his story for decades, but still, it's a movie that's all gone to a whole new level. The first scenario was actually written in 1994, but Cameron decided to await the development of technologies that could realize his vision, so he could make a film that would look the way he wants it. Fifteen years later, after a huge investment of time and money, this movie is finally launched, with high praise and an Oscar nomination for its visual effects. Also, this movie was a huge success on ticket sales, making it the first film to cross more than $ 2 billion. This experimental move proved to be correct.
8 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006): $ 263.7 million
The most successful films are inspired by other media based on books, comics and graphic novels, but one of the most popular franchises ever is based on a ride at Disneyland. Much of the charm of this film works comes from the inimitable Johnny Depp and his performance of Captain Jack Sparrow. This film won the Oscar for visual effects, which is not so surprising given the massive budget that is spent on them. All this has proved valuable when this is the realization of the film industry has become the fastest film to earn a billion dollars.
7 Waterworld (1995): $ 271.3 million
When it was first introduced in 1995, Waterworld was the most expensive film ever made. Ever since then, the critics were not so nice to this embodiment, wspecially towards acting and directorial work, although the production received high praise. Like many other highly regarded films, Waterworld had difficulties in production - on one occasion, the set was severely damaged by a hurricane. You can imagine much has been invested in this film when the state Hawaii had an inflow of $ 35 million in its budget.
6 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009): $ 275.3 million
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the sixth and the most expensive part of the Harry Potter series, with a significantly higher budget compared to their predecessors. It cost more than a two-part realization of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The effects in this movie are the best that can be seen in the Harry Potter films, cinematography is flawless and fully worthy of Oscar nominations. Also, this is one of the films that received mostly positive reviews.
5 Tangled (2010): $ 281.7 million
When you consider the cost of animation, you might think that all you have to do is to pay for a bunch of artists to work on their computers - no scenery, costumes, or any other expenses. Yet, Disney realization Tangled (Rapunzel) costs as well as the entire trilogy Lord Of The Rings. Studio has decided not to use hand-drawn animation, but CGI, new technologies and methods had to be invented then, so that this achievement would have "the one" touch of Disney. The production of this animated film lasted most of the decade, filmmakers have been altered and is used in high mathematics to Rapunzel’s hair look real.
4 Spider-Man 3 (2007): $ 293.9 million
The third and last Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie with Tobey Maguire starring Spider-Man 3 was very poorly received by critics, although it had a very good response in terms of ticket sales. Shooting of the film took place at several locations in the United States and lasted almost a year. In terms of special effects, this movie continued where his predecessor left off. Three villains, their destructive behavior and disorder, the scenes action - everything looks great. All in all, this was a fun action movie with it beloved superhero – the thing we expect each summer.
3 Titanic (1997): $ 294.3 million
Titanic was launched in theaters just two years after Waterworld and broke it record for the most expensive film ever made. So in a way, it started the trend of grandiose production on water, but luckily this trend did not stay long. Titanic was incredibly successful film which put Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey towards the stars and became the most successful film of all time - until the discovery of the Avatar. The film also received a record number of Oscar nominations (14) and the number of wins (11).
2 Cleopatra (1963): $ 339.5 million
In the example of this film we can see the impact of strenuous thing called inflation. Introduced in 1963, with Liz Taylor in the lead role beside Richard Burton and Rex Harrison, the film had a budget of $ 44 million - when we look at the present time, it is an average, but at the time it was filmed it almost led 20th Century Fox to bankruptcy. The biggest expense was made for scenery and costumes, which had to be created twice. And there is a massive fee for Liz Taylor - in today's money would amount to around $ 50 million. Liz was given a place in the Guinness Book of World Records because of the 65 costumes she wore, and the film won four Oscars out of nine nominations.
1 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007): $ 341.8 million
The third part of the Pirates of the Caribbean series was introduced in the summer of 2007, just weeks after Spider-Man 3, breaking it record of the most expensive film ever made. Although this part may not be the best in the series, the production values are still amazing. In addition to the great investment that was needed to create such work, this film more than compensated for it - when we look at earnings from the purchase of tickets. This means that if you put enough money into something, you find a real star in the main role, you can probably turn a coloring book in a very lucrative series of films.