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The most expensive flat in history?

A penthouse flat in Monaco has been sold for €240M (US$304) in one of the most expensive residential property sales to date.

La Belle Epoque, a property occupied by Christian and his brother Nick Candy, has been bought by an unnamed Middle Eastern investor.

Each suite in the penthouse, the top two floors of a block of flats, has its own cinema, kitchen, dressing room and two bathrooms, and it has a spa, library and gardens.
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Monaco’s Prince Albert to marry Charlene Wittstock

Prince Albert II of Monaco, long one of Europe’s most eligible bachelors, on Wednesday finally announced a long-awaited engagement to South African champion swimmer Charlene Wittstock.

A brief statement from the palace in the 52-year-old’s tiny Mediterranean statelet confirmed the engagement, but did not put a date on the eventual wedding, which courtiers will be hoping might produce a legitimate heir.

Prince Albert is the son of deceased Prince Rainier III and the late Hollywood actress Grace Kelly and has ruled Monaco, where he is broadly well-liked by his 8,000 subjects, since succeeding his father in July 2005.
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Dinner in the sky Monaco 2010

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From 9 to 13 July 2010, the Dining Event company, which specializes in culinary events will install their extraordinary ‘pop-up’ restaurant in Monaco.

Suspended a hundred feet above the bay of Monaco, fifteen separate dinners will be served during the week by the greatest European chefs.

Joël Robuchon (Hôtel Métropole – Monaco), Marcel Ravin (Hôtel Monte-Carlo – Monaco), Christian Sinicropi (Hôtel Martinez – Cannes).
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New Gucci Limited Edition collection

Gucci has launched a new limited edition collection, available only at the flagship stores of Capri, Monaco and Cannes, strategic locations for tourism and international shopping.

This collection is characterized by three distinct colors, which draw inspiration from their corresponding city: Capri Green for Capri, Sporting Red for Monte Carlo and Lilac for Cannes.
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Steinmetz creates steering wheels for McLaren

Button Hamilton

Steinmetz, the Geneva Switzerland based diamond company, have signed a deal with McLaren to show off their spectacular jewels.

In previous years at Monaco, McLaren’s drivers have had their initials encrusted onto their helmets with diamonds, but Steinmetz have opted for a more hands on approach for the 2010 showpiece event.

Hamilton will have the number ‘08′ and Button ‘09′ in diamonds on their steering wheels to celebrate the drivers recent victories in Monaco in 2008 and 2009.
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World’s top 10 most expensive marinas

Italy is the most expensive place in the world to berth a super-yacht, where it can cost up to €2,900 a night to moor a 24 metre-plus boat.

The Italian resorts of Capri, Porto Cervo and Portofino topped Wealth Bulletin’s annual survey of the most expensive resorts in the world to berth a super-yacht.

Experts say Italy has retained its allure as one of the most-visited superyacht communities in the world – underlining the price paid at luxury marinas like Porto Cervo in Sardinia.

However, prices can fluctuate wildly during peak times, especially in the famed South of France marinas of Monaco, St Tropez and Cannes.
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The Most Expensive Golf Car Ever Made

Danish designers Anders Lynge and Soren Bak Hansen continue their series of Garia Golf cars by launching their latest Garia Edition Soleil de Minuit.

Designed exclusively for the luxury show Top Marques Monaco 2010, The Garia Soleil de Minuit is the most expensive golf car ever made by a manufacturer.

These vehicles are manufactured at Valmet in Finland, the same factory as the Porsche Cayman and the Porsche Boxster.
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Salvatore Ferragamo S/S 2010 in Monaco

Shot by Mario Testino, this is the S/S 2010 Salvatore Ferragamo campaign featuring the legendary Claudia Schiffer turned into the iconic Grace Kelly.

The ads feature Claudia Schiffer in Salvatore Ferragamo’s glamorous outfits, bags and shoes.

The Salvatore Ferragamo ad campaign was appropriately shot in Monaco and features almost all of the cities famous sights and leisure activitie.
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Gresso’s Grand Monaco flash drives

We’ve earlier reported about Grand Monaco collection of luxury phones. Gresso continued the collection by announcing Grand Monaco USB flash drive edition.

F1 fans can pick from any of the two models – Double Security and Classic.

Crafted out of tough yet light weight titanium superalloy, the case is further toughened with high-tech ceramic.
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Gresso Grand Monaco Collection

Gresso, the Russian manufacturer of Luxury mobile phones, announced the release of a new collection dubbed Gresso Grand Monaco.

The collection makes use of modern materials such as a titanium alloy for the case, with a specialized ceramic coating and carbon fiber accents.

Other materials include steel and hand-polished 42 K sapphire crystal (framing the display).
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Hermes Alligator Leather Table Clock

We take a look at the Hermes Alligator Leather Table Clock as made for the Only Watch 2009 event.

The Only Watch auction is a collaboration between Patrizzi & Co. Auctioneers and the Monaco Yacht Show. It will be held this year in Monaco on September 24, 2009.

The charity that will benefit from the event researches treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
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The World’s Most Expensive Streets 2009

Avenue Princesse Grace is the most expensive street in the world to buy property, where $120,000 (€84,985) will purchase just one square metre of prime real estate, according to a survey by Wealth Bulletin.

Prime residential property on the top 10 most expensive streets in the world saw their overall value fall by 12% in the last year, the survey found, with European streets faring better than their US and emerging markets counterparts.

That compares with price falls of between 20% to 30% in mainstream property prices in London and New York over the same period.
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Financial Times – Business Of Luxury Summit 2009

Chaired by the Editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, The FT Business of Luxury Summit will bring together leaders from one of the world’s most successful industries.

This year’s theme is “Beyond Green: Economics, Ethics and Enticement”.

The annual event, now in its fifth year, will be hosted at Monte Carlo’s Salles des Etoiles in June, and will be attended by luxury brands, luxury consultants and brand experts.

Debates are expected to centre around the impact of the economic crisis on the luxury sector and future plans for businesses to become more ethical and environmentally friendly.
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Monaco Tops London as World’s Most Expensive Real Estate Market

London has been pushed off its top spot by Monaco as the most expensive place to buy residential property, with the UK capital and surrounding counties suffering some of the biggest price falls in the world.

Monaco, where prime property is being sold for €50,000 ($68,000) per sq m (your average 1,500 square foot apartment would theoretically run you $10 million), is now followed by London, at €28,000 per sq m, then Manhattan, at €16,500 per sq m.

The Wealth Report, compiled by Citi Private Bank and Knight Frank shows that property values fell 17 percent in London and 25 percent in Hong Kong.

Source: Financial Times

Monaco Shelves Multi-Billion $ Expansion Plan

The Mediterranean city state of Monaco has shelved a multi-billion-dollar scheme to expand into the sea because of the global economic crisis, its ruler Prince Albert II said Tuesday.

Albert said Monaco had been forced to drop plans to build a huge artificial peninsula, which had been compared to Dubai’s island developments.

“In the current climate it would be irresponsible to launch a project of this scale,” the prince told AFP in an interview, explaining that the project had fallen short of its funding and environmental protection goals.
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Princess Stephanie of Monaco – French Vogue

Vogue Paris’s year-ender/year-starter issue features Princess Stéphanie of Monaco on the cover shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

Here’s some photos from the editorial wearing the ‘gym’ look from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2009 collection. Her beauty and elegance is timeless, a characteristic she got it from her mother, Grace Kelly.

There are more photos and editorials from Vogue Paris December 2009/January 2009, so grab a copy now!

Mont Charles de Monaco Luxury Handbag Collection

Feel like dressing like royalty? Or even having a taste of royal life? Then look no further than the Mont Charles de Monaco collection!

Mont Charles de Monaco – Mont Charles means Monte Carlo in French – one of the first high fashion labels to originate from the prosperous Principality, has just revealed its signature collection of sensual handbags, as part of a coordinated plan to revive Monaco’s glamorous identity.

“Monaco has always been synonymous with style and sophistication” explains Founder & CEO John Mclean, in a reference to the luxurious Mediterranean nation made famous by Princess Grace and the Monaco Grand Prix.”But we need to remind the world of this, and add a modern twist”.
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World’s most expensive Vodka

The antonym of vintage has to be the newest spark of an idea in motion. Such is the case with Russo-Baltique Vodka; yet to be tasted and to appear in public, further fuelling the hype and Ãœber-curiosity for this version of the delectable spirit.

A myth in the making, what is known is the inspiration behind it. Powered by passion for the finer and unique things in life this enigmatic and exclusive vodka is the brainchild of armour, combat car maker Russo-Baltique, DARTZ.TV Corporation in collaboration with Princess Regina Abdurazakova of Kazakhstan oil heiress fame.

The world’s most expensive vodka will be released on April 19 at the Top Marques Monaco and Prince Albert will be honoured with a gift of the very first bottle of this connoisseur creation. Reportedly priced at one million Euro ($1,35 million) we assume it chills on ice,