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“Long Way Down” Picture Collection at Bonhams Auction

In 2007, Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Angels & Demons, Amelia, The Island, Moulin Rouge) and Charley Boorman (Emerald Forest, By Any Means, Race to Dakar started another amazing motorcycle expedition. This famous motorcycle journey was named “Long Way Down.”

The two actors circumnavigated the world and covered 15,000 miles – a journey of a lifetime. The incredible trip by Scotsman McGregor and Englishman Boorman began at the northernmost tip of Scotland all the way down to the southernmost tip of Africa.

Auction house Bonhams is proud to announce an exclusive collection of photographs from the “Long Way Down” journey will be auctioned off at the popular Bonhams Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction. The auction will take place at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, January 8th, 2015.

The framed photo collection consists of 27 photographs 22 x 26 inches in size and 5 that are 26 x 30 inches in size. The pictures are professionally matted and framed by Big Earth Productions, who were the producers of Long Way Down and Long Way Round.

The collection was first displayed at the 2008 Legend of the Motorcycle Concours d’Elegance near San Francisco, California. Now you can have the opportunity to bid and own it yourself.

This framed, “Long Way Down” picture collection is estimated between $5,000-$7,000. Profits from the auction sale will be donated to UNICEF. You can learn more about he auction by clicking here – https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22125/lot/50/

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“The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” Bonhams Auction

Bonhams is hosting the 16th annual Carmel motorcar auction on August 16th. Bonhams is the world record-holding auction house and has lined up impressive assembly of Italian sports cars for the upcoming auction.

The luxury car auction will feature many iconic and desirable car models including from Lamborghini, Ferrari, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Maserati.

The Quail Lodge & Golf Club is a spacious property and located in sunny Carmel Valley, California. The car auction is scheduled for Friday, August 16th. Preview days are available on the 14th and 15th.

Available to bid at Bonhams will be many noteworthy Italian cars, such as the one-off 1954 New York Auto Show, 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé Vignale. This vintage luxury sports car is now on display at Bonhams’ Manhattan showroom.

An amazing 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Series II with coachwork by Pinin Farina will be available as well. This expertly restored, matching numbers car has been documented from new by historian Marcel Massini. The car comes with an extremely rare factory-delivered hard top, and truly represents the epitome of Ferrari’s mid-century fast and glamorous image of la dolce vita.

Other Ferraris at the Bonhams car auction include two superb examples of the heralded 330 GTC, a platinum-winning 365 GTB/4 Daytona, and a beautiful Dino 246 GTS.

1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Periscopica

There’s a 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 “Periscopica” (shown above) that has only 53,000 km on it. The matching numbers missile is one of only 150 created and is a pioneer of design whose paternity can be seen in the supercars of today.

You will also find a classic 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America with coachwork by Pinin Farina. This B24S Spider America is just one of 240 that were ever made and of 181 with left-hand drive. The stunning sports car comes with a race-developed V-6 engine and went through a quarter-million dollar restoration.

It’s a wonderful car auction that should be a must for any classic car enthusiast. Entry to Bonhams’ preview and actual car auction does not require a ticket.

If interested in learning more or planning a trip to participate in “The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering” Bonhams Auction, please contact The Life of Luxury.




My Luxury Auctions – Bid on Amazing Luxury Products at a Fraction of the Cost

My Luxury Auctions
My Luxury Auctions

How would you like to enjoy an incredible 4 day – 3 night getaway for 2 people and attend the 2013 55th Annual Grammy Awards? Of course you’d love to, but what if it didn’t cost you anything to win the auction. Even better, right? Now read on and make your dream a reality.

My Luxury Auctions “MyLuxuryAuctions.com” helps everyday people achieve uncommon prestige and gives anyone a wonderful opportunity to own and experience everything that is luxury – luxury vacations, cruises, jewelry, cars, yachts, real estate and much more! The thrill of online bidding is truly an adrenalin rush – become part of this exciting trend.

The Life of Luxury (https://www.thelifeofluxury.com) has partnered with My Luxury Auctions to create and provide an array of luxury products and travel packages to auction off. The first package (valued at $12,000) we offered is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to attend the 55th Annual Grammy Music Awards scheduled for Feb. 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Grammy Music Awards

If you are the auction winner, two people will fly to Los Angeles, California on Friday then spend Saturday exploring the city’s  popular local landmarks and luxury stores. On Sunday, you’ll attend the Grammys then fly home on Monday. This amazing luxury auction travel package includes all airfare (first class) and hotel accommodations (five star or greater.)

As a leading provider of VIP Event Tickets, The Life of Luxury is very excited to partner with My Luxury Auctions and provide the best life has to offer.


VIP Event and award show Tickets

With an ambitious goal of becoming the world’s best online penny auction service for luxury products, MyLuxuryAuctions.com offers people a chance to experience uncommon prestige.

I asked Jason Mottley from My Luxury Auctions what was the driving force behind the company’s concept?

A: “We realized there was an untapped market for a quality online venue which could hold high-end luxury auctions and most importantly – give back to the community through charitable donations.

Of course everybody is familiar with eBay but is not built for the luxury market. A lot more finesse and care is required with selling luxury items or assets that can be valued sometimes into the tens of millions of dollars.”

Auction sites like My Luxury Auctions provide numerous advantages over traditional auctions. Discover that many luxury items may be obtained at a fraction of their regular cost. By simply visiting, you’ll get an opportunity to bid and win a luxury product or vacation package for a whole lot less … literally pennies on the dollar.

Jason Mottley was asked about the large amount of interest and media coverage My Luxury Auctions has received so far?

A: “We’re not really surprised at all. We saw the need for such a niche. By creating this auction venue, we created a single place on the web to buy the best luxury products available. This levels the playing field the field by making luxury items within reach of almost anyone.

What we’re most proud of is the winning auction bid becomes our Auction Donation Value. MyLuxuryAuctions.com will donate this closing value of the auction price to one of five charities the winning bidder selects, including: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Promise House and Loving My Neighbor.”

To begin, the process is quite simple. All you’ll need to get started is purchase your credits in advance then start bidding on any luxury item you like. Access high-end luxury products and services at extremely low prices.

tropical maui hawaii beach

Looking for a memorable tropical vacation? There are currently several terrific luxury vacation getaways available including a 9 day trip to Hawaii for 4 people. Begin by visiting The Big Island and Maui, then end up on the capital island of Oahu. Looking for a romantic getaway for 2, then you’re in luck. Enjoy time on the lush, Garden Island of Kauai, the tranquility of Lanai, then finish up by experiencing the true Hawaiian culture on magical Molokai.

If you have always wanted to own a luxury boat, then take a look at a 2009 Supra Sunsport 24V. This incredible red craft measures 24 feet long, and offers a 340 Hp engine. The boat holds up to 16 people and is loaded to ensure a fun-filled afternoon on the lake. If purchased new, this luxury boat would retail at around $80,000. Bid now and can you can end up winning it for just pennies on the dollar.

Don’t worry about getting a sub-par trip. Each vacation package offered is booked using only first class travel and the best accommodations. In addition, the winner will also receive a pre-paid debit card valued at thousands of dollars of instant cash available to spend as you wish!  This offering is an unheard of value-added reward.

Keep a look out for many other luxury products such as fine watches, jewelry, high fashion, vacation getaways, shopping experiences, and much more!

You’ll receive A+ service throughout the auction process. One of their Destination Experts will help the winner customize their vacation experience.

So what are you waiting for!  Please visit http://MyLuxuryAuctions.com and start bidding!




Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky Sells for $94,000 at Auction

Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich is the world’s most awarded Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Glenfiddich is celebrating 125 years of pioneering achievement and recently held an exclusive 150 person anniversary gala on Liberty Island in New York. The luxury event was hosted by actor Adrian Grenier.

The highlight of the evening was definitely the auction of the first U.S. bottle of the world’s most valuable single malt – only one of eleven available.

The auction sale of the Glenfiddich bottle of whisky shattered the record for the most expensive bottle of whisky ever sold at auction.

The 55-Year-Old Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve raised $94,000 becoming the most expensive whisky ever purchased at auction.

The event was co-hosted by Glenfiddich Malt Master Brian Kinsman who travelled from Scotland to oversee this auspicious occasion and kick off the brand’s year-long 125th Anniversary celebration.

Lindsay Prociw, Senior Brand Manager for Glenfiddich was quoted, “We’re so excited to have kicked off our 125th anniversary year in such an unprecedented and memorable way.”

Glenfiddich auction proceeds went to Grenier’s SHFT Initiatives, a worthy charity that is dedicated to sustainability causes.




Support “Child Mind Institute” with a Journey Through Carmel, Vietnam and Argentina

Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires
Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires

If you are looking for an unforgettable travel experience and the chance to support a worthy charity – Child Mind Institute, then take a look at an auction at Charitybuzz.

Now you can enjoy a $120K journey of a lifetime through Carmel, Vietnam and Argentina to benefit the Child Mind Institute.

Bloomingdale’s is sponsoring an incredible trip with their Bid for a Dream Auction. The goal for Bloomingdale’s auction is to raise funds for the Child Mind Institute.

Two lucky guests will be pampered as never before as they take in the natural beauty of three continents on a remarkable odyssey that includes a $20,000 gift certificate aboard United Airlines.

Bid for a Dream Auction trip accommodations include:
• 5 nights in the Bernadus lodge in Carmel Valley, with wine tasting, spa journeys, Land Rover Driving School, and decadent dining
• 6 nights in a beachfront villa at the Nam Hai Hotel in Hoi Am, Vietnam in the lap of luxury, with butler and driver, private tours, private snorkling and diving excursions, romantic beachside dinners, in-villa cooking and yoga classes, and much more
• 5 nights in Argentina at the Alvear Palace Hotel in Buenos Aires and Llao Llao hotel and resort in Patagonia, including tango lessons, in-room massages, wine tasting, private guided trekking and more

Proceeds from the Charitybuzz auction will benefit the Child Mind Institute, which is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere, through the Bloomingdale’s Bid for a Dream Auction.

Bidding on this ultimate travel packages and others are open through December 12th at www.charitybuzz.com/Bloomingdales.




Second Annual “Christie’s Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth”

Christie’s Green Earth Auction 2011
“Christie’s Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth”

Christie’s will host another celebrity-studded charity auction to celebrate Earth Day.

Christie’s has proudly partnered with luxury charity auction site charitybuzz.com by offering over 200 coveted auction packages.

Between now and April 7th, both Christie’s and Charitybuzz plan to raise funds for Oceana, Natural Resources Defense Council, Conservation International and Central Park Conservancy.

This will be the second annual “Christie’s Green Auction: Bid to Save the Earth.”

An incredible combination of international celebrities, creative icons, industry leaders and conservationists have teamed up to donate these exclusive packages and experiences to the auction.

This year, designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenberg, Carolina Herrera, Michael Kors and more have joined together with the sole goal of raising funds to preserve and sustain our planet.

Win style consultations with Vogue’s André Leon Talley and Diane Von Furstenberg or maybe a night backstage with Lady Gaga. How about a day around town with President William J. Clinton? It’s all possible as the Green Auction provides bidders amazing access to the world’s leading influencers.

Here’s a sample of some of the fashion highlights in this year’s “Christie’s Green Auction”

• Fly to Paris for the full Chanel Couture Experience, including: front row tickets to Chanel’s 2011 Couture Show, meet Karl Lagerfeld, take a private tour of Coco Chanel’s apartment, receive a handbag and stay five nights at The Ritz-Carlton
• A style consultation with Vogue’s André Leon Talley and Diane Von Furstenberg
• Meet Michael Kors and Heidi Klum on the ultimate New York Fashion Week experience, with inside access to the Project Runway fashion show finale
• Meet Marc Jacobs, with two VIP tickets to his New York Fashion Week fashion show and after party
• The ultimate Carolina Herrera bridal fashion experience: $10,000 toward a Carolina Herrera bridal gown, two tickets to her spring 2012 bridal show and meet Carolina Herrera backstage
• Design your own Bottega Veneta handbag with a one-on-one appointment with an expert from Bottega Veneta
• A custom Fendi bag altered by visionary artist Damien Hirst, entitled Spot Fendi
• Meet with the Miriam Haskell design team at a private appointment to create a custom piece of jewelry

Supporters can make a Bid to Save the Earth at www.charitybuzz.com/BidtoSavetheEarth.

A companion invite-only event and live fantasy auction will be held at Christie’s New York on March 29 in partnership with Vogue’s “Runway to Green.” The event will feature a fashion show sponsored by Tiffany & Co. on the night of the live auction, with designer collection selections available online through NET-A-PORTER.COM.




Engraved Silver Spice Tower and Rare Pair of Torah Finials

Pair of Jewish Torah Finials
Rare Pair of Torah Finials – J. Greenstein & Co

Located in New York City, J. Greenstein & Co is a premiere auction house and specializes in antique Judaica and Jewish ritual objects, works of art, books and manuscripts.

J. Greenstein & Co. is scheduled to host its next bi-annual auction on January 10th at 6PM (Auction registration opens at 5PM)

The J. Greenstein & Co. Auction House is currently the country’s only house completely devoted to the sale of holy Jewish ceremonial objects.

The highlights of the upcoming auction feature an extremely rare pair of Torah Finials (circa 1870) estimated between $35,000 to $40,000. Also up for auction is an engraved Silver Spice Tower dating back to a couple’s silver wedding anniversary in 1936.

These two auction item as well as others are are all rare mementos of time and culture at various points in Jewish history.

Greenstein’s Auction House has risen to fame over the years, by hosting celebrity Judaica including Sammy David Jr.’s personal menorah, plus items from victims of the Bernie Madoff scandal.

Greenstein recently launched the only Jewish Museum type of gallery in Cedarhurst, NY where collectors and enthusiasts are able to buy select Judaica artifacts that are on display. The gallery, based in a 1200-sq-ft location, hosts numerous historic pieces from around the world – many of which will be featured in the annual auction and many others which have never before been seen in public.

This month’s auction will be held at the Radisson Martinique in New York City on 49 West 32nd Street.

For additonal information on the upcoming auction, please visit: www.jgreenstein.com




Glorious Charitybuzz Getaways For Charity!

Charitybuzz vacation auction

The snows are melting, and winter has finally passed for another year. Its now spring, so what better time than now to plan your summer vacation!

Charitybuzz is the leading online destination for charity auctions and they are offering several amazing getaway packages that are perfect for both couples & families!

The Worldwide Orphans Online Auction launched on March 10, 2010, and bidding will close on April 1, 2010. Proceeds from the following lots will benefit the Worldwide Orphans Foundation:

* 3-Night Stay for Two in the Luxurious Tides Riviera Maya: Nothing says romance like a 3-night stay at the beautiful Tides Riviera Maya in Mexico in a luxury villa with daily breakfast for two. Intimate and serene features blend seamlessly into the dense tropical foliage, dining is available both indoors and outdoors, and yoga classes and spa treatments overlook coastal splendor.
* 3-Night Stay for Two in the Lavish Tides Zihuatanejo: Let the warm sand and crystal clear water put your mind at ease as you relax at one of Mexicos finest hotels, the Tides Zihuatanejo. This is a 3-night stay for 2 in a luxurious suite were you will be served daily breakfast for two. This hotel offers cool garden waterfalls and enchanting lagoons; elegant adobe-inspired villas are nestled along one of Mexicos premier beaches.
* 3-Night Stay for Two at the Viceroy Anguilla: Situated on 35 lush acres, with more than 3,200 feet of beach frontage along both Barnes and Meads Bays, Viceroy Anguilla evokes a relaxed yet polished Caribbean sensibility. This package includes a 3-night stay for 2 in a one bedroom suite; two white sand beaches, an array of water sports, a spa and fitness center, plus tennis courts, and three resort swimming pools complete this rarified experience.

The PS-41 Online Auction launched on March 16, 2010, and bidding will also close on April 1, 2020. Proceeds from the following lots will benefit PS-41 The Greenwich Village School:

* Spend A Week in Your Own House in Chile: The house, which has been featured in Dwell & Elle, sleeps eight people (master bedroom with king bed, one bedroom with queen bed, two bedrooms with bunk beds) and has a pool. The house itself is spectacular designed by renowned Chilean architect Felibe Assadi is near great restaurants, fish markets, supermarkets, golf, tennis, and horse riding.
* Spend A Week in Your Own House in Oahu: Enjoy a week-long stay in Mala Pua Hale in Oahu, Hawaii. The main house has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a den, living room, kitchen and dining area included in the 1500 sq. foot house that sleeps up to 8 people. The main house is fully equipped lush tropical gardens make this private home into a quiet, comfortable retreat.

Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through incredible online auctions, giving its bidders exclusive opportunities to make a difference.




World’s Largest Barbie Collection Sold in Auction

Barbie collection

The Barbie doll has been a treasured collectible for decades. What started out as a simple doll for girls by toy maker Mattel, has turned into a massive worldwide, collectible market.

Thought to be the largest single-owner Barbie collection ever auctioned, the Dutch collection was sold in September of 2006 by Christie’s of London. The Barbie collection of over 4,000 dolls was said to include practically every Barbie ever produced. Starting from the 1959 #1 ponytail, to the current dolls of the 2000′s.

Christie’s sold the rare dolls individually and others were in lots of 10 to 12 dolls. The bidding for the lots will started at around $100 to $200. The estimate was at the time, the collection was worth approximately $185,000.

Auction house Christie’s, tells Reuters, “This is a collection of virtually everything — and most of it is in mint condition as it has never been taken out of its boxes, making it particularly highly prized.”

The first ever Barbie, wearing a zebra stripe swimsuit and white sunglasses, sold for over $6,000 to an anonymous collector.

This was a far cry from the pocket-money price of $3 when she first went on sale in 1959. In all more than 4,000 of the dolls went on sale at Christies attracting buyers from all over the world.  Full article




BillionaireXchange – eBay For The Rich and Affluent

Billionairexchange

eBay is one of the biggest success stories on the Internet. What if you don’t want a porcelain cat or used pair of jeans, but are in the market for hard to find luxury items? The answer is the BillionaireXchange.

The BillionaireXchange is the world’s first online auction and trade site for luxury items. They are the first international auction and exchange site for the affluent. BillionaireXchange draws wealthy buyers from all over the world searching for high-end luxuries, either for sale or auction.

Browsing the classy site, you will find an amazing variety of luxury items, covering the following categories: Arts & Antiques, Luxury Vehicles, Boats & Yachts, Luxury Real Estate, Jewelry & Watches, and Places & Helicopters.

At the time of this writing, some of the premier luxury items available include mansion estates owned by basketball star Shaquille O Neal and Hall of Fame football quarterback Dan Marino, a St. Regis Penthouse in San Francisco, 2008 Riviera Sport Yacht 4700, 2007 Murcielago LP640 Coupe car, and a 2004 Dassault Falcon 900c jet.

Billionairexchange

Registering on the site is simple and easy process, designed to screen for unqualified and/or undesirable elements. Once registered, members of The Xchange can buy, sell, bid-on, auction, and or exchange luxury items from all around the world.

If you are looking for trading your luxury items, then BillionaireXchange can help you too. Imagine trading your upscale mansion in Beverly Hills, California for an elegant Chateau in France. How about trading your antique custom Rolls Royce for a new model Bentley. For wine connisieres, exchange a bottle of your best 1802 Chateau Lafitte for a bottle of 1947 Cheval Blanc. The possibilities are countless. So, ask yourself, “What is the luxury object of your heart’s desire?

To be successful, the management team of BillionaireXchange strongly believe in protecting the integrity of the luxury brands for auction, as well as offering secure escrow transactions. They partnered with industry leading Safefunds to provide escrow services for both buyer seller transactions.  By offering this service, the company provides its members with piece of mind in either buying or selling these desirable, high ticket items online.

BillionaireXchange is headquartered in Miami Florida, but has an aggressive plan to expand internationally. They are moving forward with opening new offices in Beverly Hills, China, Germany, Dubai and the U.K. The company believes it’s critical to have representation in these key, global areas.

So what are you waiting for? Your luxury dream is now only a click away.




Barbie Collection

The beautiful Barbie doll has been a treasured collectible for many decades and a long time favorite for almost every little girl. What started out as a simple doll for girls by toy maker Mattel, has turned into a massive worldwide, collectible market.

Thought to be the largest single-owner Barbie collection ever auctioned, the Dutch collection was sold in September of 2006 by Christie’s of London. The Barbie collection of over 4,000 dolls was said to include practically every Barbie ever produced. Starting from the 1959 #1 ponytail, to the current dolls of the 2000’s.

Christie’s sold the rare dolls individually and others were in lots of 10 to 12 dolls. The bidding for the lots will started at around $100 to $200. The estimate was at the time, the collection was worth approximately $185,000.

Auction house Christie’s, tells Reuters, “This is a collection of virtually everything — and most of it is in mint condition as it has never been taken out of its boxes, making it particularly highly prized.”

The first ever Barbie, wearing a zebra stripe swimsuit and white sunglasses, sold for over $6,000 to an anonymous collector.

This was a far cry from the pocket-money price of $3 when she first went on sale in 1959. In all more than 4,000 of the dolls went on sale at Christies attracting buyers from all over the world.