Saturday, September 15, 2012

One of Us Got the Wrong Memo

The memo I got talked of record high unemployment, a major increase in food stamps issued and other dire matters.

The one Architectural Diogest got must have read, "Spend! Spend! and feverishly!"

From their pages, a few of the things millionaires may find necessary to cosset themselves...

Books for a long winter's night, the reader curled in front of a blazing fire  in the Hamptons house- Barbara Barry, Around Beauty, $65  A decorator details the things that inspire her such as a Mexican fig tree in a courtyard.  The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs:  Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo, $100.  A look at every-day items such as a mother-of-pearl sewing kit, an amber shaving set.  The Iconic Interior:  Private Spaces of Leading Artists, Architects and Designers, $65  A look at 100 of the most celebrated dwellings of the 20th and 21st century.

The new Series II Rolls Royce Phantom has a 360-degree camera system among other goodies.  The interior leathers and woods can be custom designed.  Starting at $400,000.

Need a pied-a-terre in Manhattan?  Here's a duplex on the roof of a converted Tribeca factory.  It has 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, covers 7,500 sq. ft. with a 4,500 sq.ft. terrace for $48 million.

The last page of the magazine is always "Exchange Rate," a listing of what things sold for in recent auctions.  Of note, every single objet d'arte sold for ABOVE the listed price in September.  "A flock of four ever-hip Lalanne sheep sculptures, dated 1996-99, breezed past its $500,000 estimate to bring $620000."

See for yourself at  Special this month!  visit celebrity closets!

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