The Worlds Record Academy included among its recorda the newspaper copy “Zimbrulu and Vulturulu” (which means “the Aurochs and the Eagle”) as the most expensive newspaper in the world. The daily is currently showcased at the EFIRO 2008 World Philatelic Exhibition in Bucharest (the first edition happened in 1932).
The 1858 copy of the Zimbrulu si Vulturulu newspaper copy was printed in Iasi, eastern Romania, was accidentally stamped with eight Auroch heads. The newspaper’s destination was Galati (south eastern Romania) where it was bought by a stamp collecting bookshop owner. Afterwards, the owners’ traces vanished until 1969. The priceless paper found its way into the hands of the David Feldman auction house. From there it was auctioned in 2006 to art collector Joseph Hackmey for â‚¬829,500 ($1.3 million).
Today, the Romanian stamps are among the highest acclaimed in the world, with Romania ranking seventh in the classification of the most beautiful stamps in the world.
Italian coachbuilder Aznom used the recent Top Marques Monaco event to unveil its new “Chateau” hatch based on the new Mini Clubman S, a Mini that, thanks to its name evokes the elegance of the world of the Grands Chateaux.
The custom Mini Chateau will be produced in a limited run of just 12 examples and will keep the elegant wood trim and shockproof wine cellar, capable of holding six bottles, of the concept model.
Concerning the inner features, the match of aged / gaucho leather and Alcantara creates a warm vintage atmosphere that embraces the passengers in a special trip of elegance, emotion and tradition, while its exterior surfaces have been covered in a custom iridescent brown and gold paint.
Wood trim has been used both on the exterior and in the cabin
Other features include 18in TSW ‘Pace’ alloy wheels wrapped in 205/40 Yokohama S-Drive rubber.
Each of the 12 cars will have their owner’s name printed on a numbered plaque. The price has not been unveiled yet.
Following the recent refresh of the rear-wheel-drive Porsche Carrera and Carrera S, Porsche has announced a refresh for both the coupe and Cabriolet models of the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, as well, and now we’ve got the details :
Just like the standard 911s, the C4s features direct injection engines for a bump in power and fuel economy along with a drop in emissions. In these new models, the all-wheel drive is now provided by an electronically-controlled Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system, which replaces the former all-wheel drive with its viscous multiple-plate clutch. For 2009, the base Carrera’s 3.6-liter flat-six engine is tuned to produce 345 horsepower, an increase of 20 horses, and the 3.8-liter unit in the Carrera S jumps from 355 to 385 hp. Both engines are now direct-injection, and either can be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission or Porsche’s PDK seven-speed, double-clutch gearbox.
All C4 models can be distinguished from standard 911s thanks to wider rear fenders (by about 1.75 inches), a red reflector joining the rear LED brake lights, and LED daytime running lights up front as well as standard bi-xenon headlights.
Inside, the updated range adds the new Porsche Communication Management 3.0 (PCM) which features a touchscreen for simplified operation of the audio system as well as the optional hard-disk-drive navigation system, with integrated Bluetooth, USB and iPod connectivity.
The C4 models will start arriving at European dealerships at the end of October. The 911 Carrera 4 Coupe is priced at $81,700, while both the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet and 911 Carrera 4S Coupe are $92,300. The 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is $102,900.
A couple of weeks ago we wrote about penthouses located in Hong Kong and Dubai, breaking property records by selling for more than $30 million.
But no worries, our wealthy readers who missed those opportunities, will be glad to see that a new record has been set with the listing of a two-story 4,400-square-foot luxury penthouse condo for $10 million at the Astoria on Tenth tower, being constructed in Calgary (Canada).
Calgary is now a “have” city compared to Toronto and Vancouver. The city is the economic hub of Canada right now and real estate values have been going up.