’Tis the season to be securing the hottest gifts for your nearest and dearest now that Christmas is right around the corner. Setting all budgets aside, Artful Living has crafted a roster of some of the world’s most extravagantly expensive things, from real estate to a flying car, to inspire you whilst on the hunt for the perfect present for that special someone.
This holiday season, photographer Miss Aniela is offering private photo sessions for the public to purchase taking place in her iconic U.K. studio. Known for her stylized portraits of women in some of the world’s most sought-after couture, Aniela will capture and collaborate with guests to create a one-of-a-kind scenario that will be shaped into a 30-by-40-inch photograph perfect to hang above any mantel. Each guest will also be treated to two first-class round-trip flights, three nights in a five-star London hotel and more.
A casual combination of gold, diamonds, leather and silk, the world’s most expensive shoes are officially up for sale. Created in Italy and currently homed in Dubai, these kicks boast a total of 236 small diamonds as well as two 15-karat D-flawless diamonds. In collaboration with Passion Jewellers, Jada Dubai spent nine months crafting the high-dollar heels, which lucky for every shoe addict can now be made to order upon forking over a mere eight figures.
Starting at $399,000
Ushering the world into the era of the flying car, Netherlands company PAL-V has officially launched the very first models of the vehicle of the future: the Liberty Pioneer and Sport editions. A combination of high-end materials, elegant Italian design and solid Dutch engineering, these trailblazing automobiles take forward-thinking innovation to new heights, creating a car that flies and a plane that drives.
When looking into next year and beyond, nothing provides better brownie points in any relationship (including a treat-yourself scenario) than a designer handbag. Why not give the gift of a sensible vintage Hermès Birkin made of shiny briase and black porosus crocodile complete with all the classic hardware and elegant flair? For a deposit of only $75,000, this rare bag can be yours.
A bona-fide culinary creation, the Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence unlocks complexly unique flavors with ultimate perfection. Inspired by the traditional fishing practices seen along the coastline of Sri Lanka, this delicious delicacy must be reserved 24 hours in advance at the island nation’s premier Fortress Resort & Spa. Featuring a Baileys-flavored Italian cassata with pomegranate and mango compote and Champagne-infused sabayon, this dessert is completed by an 80-carat aquamarine stone that a handcrafted chocolate fisherman catches in the sea. Money can’t buy you class, but it can definitely satisfy your sweet tooth.
From ugly-sweater parties to black-tie affairs, one’s weekends will quickly become filled with back-to-back holiday soirees over the coming weeks. Complete your holiday-ready ensemble this season with Azature’s 267-carat Black Diamond nail polish. Yes, you read that correctly. The self-described “black diamond king,” Azature Pogosian has crafted a deluxe $250,000 nail polish that boasts just as much bling as it does lacquered shine. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right?
Christmas morning is often all about the children within the home, so why not go big this year and give the gift of a right-sized BMW? Handmade in France, the 328 collector car is scaled to three-fifths of a standard model — the perfect luxury toy to satisfy a child’s inner need for speed or, if we’re being honest, your craving for a tiny piece of rare automobile glory.
As one of the last remaining purveyors of specialized, high-end timepieces, Hammacher Schlemmer has made available L’Epee’s newest creation. This sharply sleek instrument bridges the gap between the void of space and time, providing pristine timekeeping with futuristic flair and forward-thinking innovations. With the future upon us, the 24th Century Time Machine continues the tradition of horological artistry, making it a forward-thinking individual’s ultimate nirvana.
The priciest property in the history of Los Angeles, the Mountain of Beverly Hills is going for one. Billion. Dollars. (Yes, billion with a “b.”) With bidding open now, this panoramic tract of land overlooks the entire L.A. cityscape, making it fit for a king or queen looking for their next big real-estate venture. And with 157 acres free of any buildings or landscaping, this twice-the-size-of-Disney-Land property is an architect’s dream.
A sensible 100-foot vessel, the History Supreme is officially the world’s most expensive yacht. Crafted by globally renowned U.K. luxury designer Stuart Hughes, the liner’s assembly comprises an impressive 220,000 pounds of solid gold and platinum, coating the base of the ship and adorning the dining room, staircases and decks. The highlight of this floating spectacle, however, has to be the master bedroom boasting meteorite rock wall features and a sculpture made from actual Tyrannosaurus Rex bones. I mean, what more could one ask for?