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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 »

Atlanta Archbishop Selling $2.2M Home

Proceeds to go to Catholic community: Wilton Gregory

(Newser) - Trying to appease angry parishioners, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta said today that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in. Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced the decision following a closed-door meeting with members of several church councils at his headquarters north of... 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 »

Rich Guy Forgets His $108K Boat in Harbor—for 2 Years

Police remind him with Facebook, media campaign

(Newser) - Don't you hate it when you dock your six-figure boat in a harbor and then forget all about it for two years? This somehow happened to a well-to-do Norwegian man who moored his $108,000 boat in a Swedish harbor, reports the BBC . Two years later, a Facebook and... 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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Pink Diamond Fetches $83M

It's a record for any gem sold at auction

(Newser) - An enormous diamond known as "The Pink Star" sold for more than $83 million at auction today, far surpassing its expected price of $60 million. Sotheby's says the sale of the vivid and flawless 59.6-carat pink diamond is the highest price ever paid for a gemstone at... More »

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 »

$50-a-Cup Coffee Made From Poop

Black Ivory Coffee is processed inside elephant stomachs

(Newser) - In the lush hills of northern Thailand, a herd of 20 elephants is excreting some of the world's most expensive coffee. Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from... 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 »

Diamond Fetches Record $21.5M

76-carat Archduke Joseph gem sells at Christie's

(Newser) - Christie's has auctioned off the famed Archduke Joseph Diamond for $21,474,525 including commission, a world auction record price per carat for a colorless diamond. The price was well above the expected $15 million and more than triple the price paid for it at auction almost two decades... 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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Alessandra Ambrosio Unveils $2.5M 'Fantasy Bra'

Victoria's Secret reveals fashion show model after accidental leak

(Newser) - The wearer of this year's Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra has been revealed—after a bit of an "oops." The company had planned to unveil Alessandra Ambrosio as the lucky gal in its SoHo store tomorrow, but Ambrosio was accidentally seen wearing the bra—a bejeweled contraption... More »

Luxury Home Won't Sell? Raise the Price

More rich homeowners trying the tactic

(Newser) - When mere mortals put their home on the market and it doesn't sell, they lower the price. When the uber-rich struggle to unload, they do the opposite and jack the price. The Wall Street Journal reports on the seemingly counter-intuitive trend in the luxury-home market: More and more homes... More »

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