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New LAX Offering Allows the Rich to Avoid the Riff-Raff

High-end private terminal opens, but access doesn't come cheap

(Newser) - "First class is what's wrong," complained Renee Zellweger in Jerry Maguire . "It used to be a better meal, now it's a better life." Life just got a little better for A-listers currently forced to mingle with the riffraff at Los Angeles International Airport: The... More »

Mercedes Rolls Out World's Most Expensive SUV

$500K+ vehicle hailed as ideal for 'extravagant dictators'

(Newser) - If you'd like your passengers to be able to sip from silver champagne flutes in comfort while being transported across rugged terrain—and you have at least $500,000 to spare—look no further than the Mercedes-Maybach G-Class 650 Landaulet. The ultra-high-end SUV, described by Road and Track as... More »

This Could Be the Most Expensive Home in US

It's listed for $250M

(Newser) - "No one has built homes for billionaires," developer Bruce Makowsky tells Bloomberg . Until now, apparently. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Makowsky has built and listed a $250 million mansion in Bel Air that—if it gets the asking price—would be the most expensive home ever sold in... More »

This Is the World's Most Expensive Bed

The Vividus out of Sweden will set you back $150K

(Newser) - Back in 2006, one of the world's most reputable bed makers, Hästens out of Sweden, launched the Vividus, a bed that took 160 hours to build and came with an astonishing price tag of $112,900. Created to improve on the company's already exceptional mattresses, some of... More »

Apple's Book: A $300 'Gentle Gathering' of Product Photos

There are 450 photos, for what it's worth

(Newser) - "A book like this takes courage" is how the Verge describes Apple's newest publishing venture. Not because the coffee-table tome features narratives on how the company's products change the world , but because it boasts page upon page of breathtakingly beautiful photos of Apple products—450 photos, to... More »

There's a Secret Club at Shanghai Disneyland

Club 33 is for Magic Kingdom's elite

(Newser) - Unless you've got close connections to Mickey or Mao, you're going to have a hard time getting into Club 33. A private members-only club by that name exists at the Disneylands in Anaheim and Tokyo, and the Los Angeles Times has discovered that the brand-new Disney park in... More »

Saudi Prince Selling NYC Digs With 3 Panic Rooms

And its own fitness center, hair salon

(Newser) - Saudi Prince Nawaf bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud is apparently quite concerned with security. The royal is selling an apartment he owns on New York's Upper West Side, and the Wall Street Journal reports that the 10,500-square-foot triplex in the Heritage at Trump Place features not one, not... More »

Thanks, Downton: Now Everyone Wants a Butler

Whole class of nouveau riche suddenly need help getting dressed

(Newser) - Apparently enduring four seasons of 20th-century British gentry incapable of dressing or feeding themselves has inspired a desire among the world's richest dudes to get their very own Mr. Carson. In other words, as NPR reports, the business of being a butler is booming. "When you're talking... More »

Airline to Offer 3-Room Suites, With Butler

Just $21K from Abu Dhabi to London ... one way

(Newser) - If you typically eye first-class longingly as you make your way to your cramped coach seat with its total absence of unfilled overhead space, you may want to stop reading. A Mideast carrier plans to offer a much, much tonier experience than first-class for those who can afford it: airline... More »

Restaurant Offers $100 Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It has a little gold in it

(Newser) - Like grilled cheese? Got $100 to burn? Chicago's Deca Restaurant + Bar has got just the sandwich for you, notes Eater . It's the "Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese" with ingredients that include 40-year aged Wisconsin cheddar infused with 24-carat gold flakes and black Iberico ham from pigs that... More »

Archbishop Apologizes for $2.2M Mansion

Atlanta's Wilton Gregory says he failed to consider the 'pastoral implications' of move

(Newser) - Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory has issued an apology after reports that he'd built himself a $2.2 million mansion sparked outrage in the diocese. Gregory bought the mansion with a $15 million posthumous gift from Gone With the Wind heir Joseph Mitchell, who wanted the money spent on "... More »

World's Priciest Dog Sells for $2M

Property developer in China buys Tibetan mastiff

(Newser) - AFP thinks this is the highest price ever paid for a dog, and no wonder: A property developer in China shelled out $2 million for a Tibetan mastiff puppy. A second puppy of the same breed went for about $1 million. The sale came at a "luxury pet"... More »

Sarah Palin's Bus Can Be Yours for $279K

Palins are downsizing in the vehicle department

(Newser) - It's got a washer and dryer, two HD televisions, radiant floor heat, 29,683 miles, and two famous owners: Todd and Sarah Palin. Yes, the Palins are selling the bus they used to tool around the country as part of Sarah's One Nation tour in 2011, reports the... More »

8 Insane Ways You Can Customize Your Rolls-Royce

Want a set of wheels for each day of the week? They can do that

(Newser) - What, exactly, is the point of having a Rolls-Royce if you're not going to get it specifically tailored to your every extravagant whim and desire? Business Insider rounds up 16 of the most over-the-top customizations Rolls-Royce has ever done for its customers. A sampling:
  • Put a built-in thermos in
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Mom Buys $6.5M NYC Apartment for Toddler

Because she assumes the 2-year-old will go to a prestigious Northeast school

(Newser) - We get it, parents. You want the best for your kid. Sometimes, that means feeding them nutritious food, reading to them, and being there for them. And sometimes, it means buying them a $6.5 million high-rise apartment in a city on the other side of the planet. That's... More »

Starbucks Now Selling $7 Cup of Coffee

Customers want 'rare and exquisite' coffee, it says

(Newser) - Tired of paying $3 for a cup of coffee? You're in luck: Starbucks is now offering a $7 version—its most expensive blend ever. That's the price for a 16oz cup; a 12oz "tall" of Costa Rica Finca Palmilera will run you $6, while a half-pound bag... More »

Now Hot: $500 Candles

Yes, you can spend that much for a high-end scent

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal declares that the market for luxury candles is one of this year's holiday winners. People are scooping them up as gifts or indulging themselves, thinking nothing of dropping $50, $100, or even, in the case of a particular candle from Cire Trudon of France, close... More »

Tokyo Is World's Gourmet Capital: Michelin

...for the 6th year in a row

(Newser) - Want a fancypants meal—or 15? Head to Tokyo, which has more three-Michelin-star restaurants than any city in the world ... again. The top honor goes to Tokyo for the sixth year running (it overtook Paris in 2007 ), reports Reuters , with 15 restaurants claiming the maximum number of stars. Bloomberg... More »

In Some Stores, Mannequins Are Watching You

Trend is new, but one maker is already selling 'bionic' ones

(Newser) - Here's something to creep out your shopping experience: Store mannequins might be watching your every move. Bloomberg reports that Italian mannequin-maker Almax has begun selling a version whose eyes are cameras. This isn't about trying to curb shoplifting, though. The idea is to more closely track shoppers' likes... More »

14 Insane Celebrity Purchases

Ben Affleck uses his $2.5K rug ... as a bath mat

(Newser) - Celebrities: Sometimes they're just like us ; other times ... well, not so much. Celebuzz rounds up 14 totally outrageous celebrity purchases that will remind you, you're not one of them:
  • A pushy sales guy in Turkey convinced Ben Affleck to purchase a $2,500 rug ... but with no place
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