The Irish Government Seized The Most Expensive House In England After Its Owner Defaulted On $80 Million Mortgage

Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency just seized the most expensive home on the UK real estate market after its owners were unable to make good on an $80 million mortgage, according to The Daily Mail.

The mega-mansion, named Updown Court, is located just 25 miles outside of London and was recently listed for $123 million.

Owner Leslie Allen-Vercoe put the house on the market six years ago but has been unable to find a buyer, according to The Daily Mail. When contacted by reporters, Allen-Vercoe said he had no knowledge of the bank’s plans to put the estate into receivership.

The mortgage was reportedly provided by Irish Nationwide, which transferred many of its loans to the Irish government after it collapsed during the financial crisis.

Set on 58 acres of land, with 50,000 square feet of space, Updown Court is larger in size than both Buckingham Palace and Hampton Court Palace.

The behemoth home has five swimming pools, a $6 million marble heated driveway, a squash court, home theater, bowling alley, panic room, and much more.

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World’s Most Expensive Motorcycle

 

Photo Courtesy Bonhams

The Quail car show is one of many chichi events leading up to the grand Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach every August. This year motorcycle buffs will be looking for something special as they mingle on the lawn: a 1954 AJS E95 “Porcupine” motorcycle expected to fetch $750,000 at auction there later that week.

The Porcupine is expected to set a world record because of its singularity, rarity and racing history. British manufacturer AJS developed just four of them during World War II as a way to use forced induction to get more  power without having to make a bigger, bulkier bike. Famous racer Les Graham won the 1949 Grand Prix World Championships with the Porcupine–his only major title.

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This particular Porcupine–nicknamed for the spiked cooling fins on its head–has been on loan for the past 20 years to the National Motorcycle Museum in England; another won First in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2009, the first year motorcycles were ever admitted.

The last Porcupine to sell was the privateer-raced Tom Arter E95 Porcupine, which brought $258,500 in 2000. The estimate of $750,000 for this particular Porcupine is “quite reasonable,” Bonhams says, because of a significant increase in demand for historical and rare machines at the top of the market. (Word is the current owner is elderly and wants to “simplify his life” by selling the piece.)

AJS Motorcycle BadgeThe name AJS was used for cars and motorbikes made by A.J. Stevens & Co. from 1909 to 1931. Others including Norton-Villiers used it on 4-stroke motorcycles until 1969.

A 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer holds the current motorcycle record with a 2008 sale of $520,000–the Cyclone is a rare bike made by the Joerns Motor Manufacturing Company in St. Paul, Minn., and had been owned by the famous motorcycle racer Shorty Tompkins.

Bonham’s August 18-19 sale is the first time a dedicated live auction of motorcycles will be held during Pebble Beach Car Week; 50 similar bikes will comprise the event.

 

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Most Expensive Restaurant in Chicago

The Alinea Restaurant Chicago is one of the Windy City’s premier dining experiences. Only opened in 2005, this restaurant has already won numerous awards including being named in Gayot’s “Top 40 Restaurants in the United States” only three years after opening.

The interior of the restaurant is decorated and furnished in a style that brings to mind modern art. The entire setup of the restaurant is geared toward bringing the focus of the guest to the food and nothing else. The tables are oversized and are spaced far apart from one another. There are no tablecloths and all of the dishes are undersized. Waiters are dressed in solemn, formal suits.

The Alinea Restaurant is known for its unique takes on classic foods. The head chef and owner of the restaurant, Grant Achatz, constantly thinks of new methods and presentations of his unique and unorthodox dishes. Some of the more famous takes on traditional dishes include the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (made of a peeled grape surrounded by peanut butter and a thin brioche) or the chocolate desert (during which Achatz himself comes out of the kitchen and mixes coconut, menthol and hyssop into chocolate on a cloth in front of the guest).

The Alinea Restaurant Chicago has been heralded as the best restaurant in the United States, a sensation of taste unparalleled anywhere other than parts of Europe. It is not for the faint of heart. Guests do not receive a traditional meal but rather an experience in culinary delights.

Guests do not order a meal but rather decide if they want to partake from the “tasting menu” or the “tour menu.” The tasting menu at the Alinea Restaurant is $150 and the tour menu is $225. There are other options, however, the most expensive of which is $1,000.

The Alinea Restaurant is not a “good meal” but rather a dining experience that cannot be replaced. It is pricy, but it is also the premier restaurant in the United States. It is located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park area. It is open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday only, though the offices are open Monday through Friday.

The Alinea Restaurant is the premier dining experience available not only within the city of Chicago but within the United States as well. Though it is pricy, this is not an experience to be missed.

 

Source:http://opentravel.com/Chicago-United-States-Vacations-Guide/alinea-restaurant-chicago

Most Expensive Coin in the World

Coin collecting is a hobby to many people who often begin collecting simply by saving noteworthy coins they have found in circulation. Old and rare coins are often more valuable than their printed amount. This may lead a curious person to ask, what is the most expensive coin in the world?

In 1933, 445,000 gold Double Eagle coins were minted. At this time, during the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt took the U.S. off the gold standard. People were ordered to turn in their gold and no more gold coins were to be issued for circulation. All of the 1933 Double Eagles were ordered to be destroyed. Some of these coins escaped the melting. Two were given to the Smithsonian Institute for the U.S. National Numismatic Collection. In the 1950′s the Secret Service confiscated eight more of these 1933 Double Eagles.

World's most expensive coin

The true story may never be known as to how they left the mint, but a coin dealer sold at least nine of them and one ended up in the collection of King Farouk of Eqypt. 40 years later, the coin showed up in New York in the possession of a coin dealer. The Secret Service seized the expensive coin and a legal battle began in court. During the several years of litigation, the expensive collectible was stored in the Treasury vaults at the World Trade Center, but after the lawsuit was finally settled in 2001 the coin was moved and later auctioned off on July 30, 2002 for $6.6 million, plus a buyer’s fee of 15% for a total price for the world’s most expensive coin $7,590,020.

In 2004. ten more specimens of the gold Double Eagle coins were discovered among the effects of the coin dealer who sold the previous specimens. One of his heirs sent all ten to the U.S. Mint to be authenticated and the Secret Service seized them. They now reside in Fort Knox while a new legal battle is fought over their ownership of these copies of the most expensive coin ever sold.

 

Source:http://most-expensive.net/coin-world

Most Expensive Earrings

Most Expensive Earrings

sapphirediamonddropearr Most Expensive Earrings 2011One of the world’s oldest forms of body modification, the practice of wearing earrings has almost certainly been around longer than recorded history. The world’s most expensive earrings, on the other hand, were created much more recently.


Harry Winston’s Extraordinary Diamond Drop Earrings weren’t made by Harry Winston—he died nearly thirty years before they were made—but they remain an important part of his legacy. Created by the House of Winston in 2006, this pair of pear-shaped, diamond earrings weighs in at 60.1 carats altogether.

Winston himself was a jeweler famous for donating the Hope diamond, which he’d had in his possession for a decade, to the Smithsonian Institute in 1958. He got his start when he purchased Arabella Huntington’s jewelry collection, one of the largest of the time, and reworked them on his own to reflect contemporary fashion. His name has since been attached to the millions of dollars jewelry lent out to celebrities on Oscar night.

The most expensive earrings in the world are worth $8.5 million. They can be purchased from the House of Winston on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hill, California.

 

Harry Winston’s Extraordinary Diamond Drop Earrings $8.5 Million

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World’s Most Expensive Hat

Modeled by Alicia Witt and designed by Louis Mariette, we bring you the world’s most expensive hat.

The price tag for the world’s most expensive hat; £1.5 million or about 2,700,000.00 USD.

The hat is made entirely of platinum and diamonds, but luckily it’s not for sale, as you won’t have to worry about running into on the street.

The World’s Most Expensive Hat

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Most Expensive Diamond Necklaces

An expensive diamond necklace is more than a simple accessory. It’s a statement of opulence that will set members of your family apart for generations. Check out some of the world’s most expensive diamond necklaces.

World's most expensive diamond necklace - H. Stern's Venus Necklace

H. Stern’s Venus Necklace – $3.17 million

This 110-carat diamond necklace features a number of cushion, square and pear-cut diamonds set in 18k noble gold. Even the clasp is exquisite, featuring a 14-point diamond star. This is truly a piece that looks just as good from behind as it does from the front.

World's most expensive diamond necklace - The De Beers' Marie Antionette Necklace

The De Beers’ Marie-Antionette Necklace – $3.7 million

From the De Beers High-Jewellery collection, this luxurious necklace features over 181 carats of mixed cut diamonds. Beneath the deep pink diamond (1.84 carats) on the first string are two yellow diamonds (5.24 and 7.06) along the second and third strings. The 8.05 carat pear-shaped white diamond hanging from the fourth string, though, is the showstopper on this beautiful piece of jewelry.

World's most expensive diamond necklace - Neil Lane's Diamond Necklace

Neil Lane’s Diamond Necklace – $4 million

The 140 carats of diamonds featured on this valuable necklace feature three different cuts—pear, cushion and teardrop. The diamonds are set in platinum along the six strings that make up this necklace.

World's most expensive diamond necklace - Garrard’s Heart of the Kingdom Ruby

Garrard’s Heart of the Kingdom Ruby – $14 million

The most expensive necklace in the world features a 40.63-carat, heart-shaped Burmese ruby surrounded by 155 carats of diamonds. Burmese ruby is one of the most sought after varieties of ruby due to its blood-red hue. This gem is particularly valuable due to its extraordinary size—Burmese rubies rarely exceed a few carats!

The most expensive necklace can also be worn as a tiara.

 

Source: http://most-expensive.net/diamond-necklaces

Most Expensive Pen in the world

What better way is there to show your dedication to the (hand)written word than to own the world’s most expensive pen? Okay, there might be a few better ways to do so. In fact, the most expensive pen’s true purpose is likely to show off just how much money you make as the CEO of some recently bailed-out corporation.

Hey, at least it’s really good at showing off.

Diamante contains over 30 carats of diamonds and its creators, Aurora, aren’t shy about telling you it’s the only pen in the world to have so many. That’s why they make one every year.

The pen is topped with a diamond cabochon—a polished, not faceted, gem—and is further decorated with almost two thousand DeBeers-certified “4 C” gems on a solid platinum barrel. Even the nib is precious, being fashioned from 18kt gold.

The asking price for the most expensive pen in the world is not available to the public, but is suspected to be around US $1.28 million. The purchaser may have the Diamante personalized with their coat of arms, signature or portrait.

Montblanc, a fountain pen and luxury goods manufacturer, and Van Cleef & Arpels, a jewelry house, are the creators of the former most expensive pen, a writing instrument known as the Mystery Masterpiece. The unique work took over a year and a half to create by skilled artisans and if you hurry you can have your choice of three variations, set with 20 carats of sapphires, emeralds, or rubies, and accented by almost 840 diamonds. The three versions of the expensive pens were limited to three releases each and each of the nine pens sold for $730,000.

most expensive pen in the world, the Mystery Masterpiece
Montblanc’s Mystery Masterpiece

Source:http://most-expensive.net/pen-world

The most Expensive Razor

The world’s most expensive razor has gone on sale for $100,000 (£62,460) – boasting two blades made out of sapphire.

Researchers spent three years developing the Zafirro Iridium, which has a handle made of 99.9 per cent pure iridium – the most corrosion-resistant platinum metal, found only in meteorites.

The two blades are made from white sapphire grown at a former Soviet Union lab in Ukraine.

Close shave: The two blades are made from white sapphire grown at a former Soviet Union lab in UkraineClose shave: The two blades are made from white sapphire grown at a former Soviet Union lab in Ukraine

They are just 80 atoms thick on their cutting edge – around 1/10,000th or 5,000 times thinner the width of a hair and far sharper than any of common blades on the market.

Just 99 Zafirro Iridiums will be made by American manufacturer Bright Light Ventures.

 

The company claims the sapphire blades will stay sharp for about a year and offer complimentary cleaning and re-sharpening for an entire decade.

A spokesman said: ‘Each Zafirro Iridium is custom made from the strongest, purest, and most durable materials available anywhere.

Expensive price tag: The Zafirro Iridium is being sold for $100,000 and only 99 of them will be made by the American manufacturerExpensive price tag: The Zafirro Iridium is being sold for $100,000 and only 99 of them will be made by the American manufacturer

‘Every component is designed to last for generations.’

The company claims it has used experience gained in fields such as rocket engine manufacturing, nanotechnology and particle physics to have created the new blade.

Each will be engraved with a serial number and monogrammed to the individual client’s specifications.

The inflated price tag is due to rare and expensive materials used for the handle and screws, all made of platinum.

Shaving technology: The blades are housed in a medical-grade stainless steel cartridge with the cartridge is held in place by 16 neodymium magnetsShaving technology: The blades are housed in a medical-grade stainless steel cartridge with the cartridge is held in place by 16 neodymium magnets

Iridium, usually used in space rockets, is ten times rarer than platinum and highly resistant to heat so theoretically it can be dropped it into lava, and it will not melt.

The blades are housed in a medical-grade stainless steel cartridge with the cartridge is held in place by 16 neodymium magnets.

Bright Light Founder Hayden Hamilton also plans to introduce an entry-level model that costs about the same as a compact car.

 
Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2009401/Worlds-expensive-razor-goes-sale-100-000–SAPPHIRE-blades.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

World’s Most Expensive Soda Can

World’s Most Expensive Soda Can

The Most Expensive Soda Can

The subtitle on the website of Robin Antar’s Antar Studios inc. proclaims her work as “Realism in Stone.” Antar’s work consists mostly of mundane objects such as denim jackets, potato chip bags, tubes of toothpaste and even M&Ms bags rendered in stone. While you can’t drink from it, Antar’s “Soda Can” is likely the most expensive soda can in the world.

The costly can is carved from a single block of marble, polished and capped with a sculpted, silver-painted lid. Antar chose to carve a slightly crushed can rather than a boring, pristine can. At 10” by 18”, it’s not the largest of Antar’s oversized works, but it’s still larger than your average soda can. It weighs in at 150 lbs.

The most expensive soda can is valued at $36,000.

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