Versace’s $41.5M Miami Home Now a Luxury Hotel


The Ocean Drive mansion once home to legendary designer Gianni Versace is now a boutique hotel.

Situated in South Beach, Miami, the mansion, nicknamed Casa Casuarina, was sold in September, 2013 for $41.5 million.

The house was on the market for more than a year. The sale is slightly disappointing considering the original listing price of $125 million. The deceased designer bought the neglected three-story, Mediterranean-style home in 1992 and spent $33 million dollars renovating the home originally built in 1930 by Standard Oil heir Alden Freeman.

Guests can live exactly like Versace, if they’re willing to pay the price — the former designer’s bedroom, The Villa Suite, is 1,174 square-feet with a nine-foot double king-size bed. the hotel also features a 54-foot mosaic-tiled swimming pool lined in 24-carat gold, 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms spread across 23,000-square-foot property.



4 Expensive + Extraordinary Mail Order Meat Companies

Mail Order Meat

There is nothing more intoxicating than a butcher shop. The sights. The smells. The slabs of raw beef displayed behind protective glass. Break in case of meat emergency.

There just isn’t always time to browse the butcher’s block. That’s why there is meat by mail. All of the cuts, and more, delivered right to your doorstep.

Here are four of our favorite meal delivery companies.

Heritage Food

Heritage Foods purchases over two hundred Heritage pigs a week, each and every week, from a network of twenty-five independent farms across the US. These pigs are processed and cut into parts under the watchful eye and skilled hands. In addition to pork, Heritage processes about seventy-five hundred turkeys each November, as well as, small amounts of lamb, beef and chicken.

In 2011, Heritage launched “No Goat Left Behind”, an annual project held in October (or Goatober) that sources unwanted male dairy goats from farms in the Northeast and sells them to restaurant and home chefs.

SQUANDER RECOMMENDS: Porterhouse Pork Chops Recession

Belcampo Meat Company

Belcampo takes an old-fashioned approach to meat. They raise it on their own land, process it in their own facility and cut it by hand in their own butcher shops.  Founded in 2011, Belcampo is committed to providing customers with delicious, organic, and humane meat they can feel good about buying and eating.



Started long before the farm-to-table movement, D’Artagnan is the leading purveyor of foie gras, game meat, organic poultry, pâtés, sausages and smoked delicacies in the nation. Every four-star restaurant in New York City have D’Artagnan products on their menus. If it’s good enough for the best in the Big Apple, it’s good enough for your dining room table.


Fossil Farms

Fossil Farms is all about the game. They offer only the finest exotic meats, including ostrich, buffalo, alligator, wild boar antelope and many other all natural and farm-raised game meats free of growth hormones, antibiotics, medications or preservatives. Fossil Farms is a nationally recognized by some of the country’s top chefs.

SQUANDER RECOMMENDS: Wild Boar Strip Sirloins 

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Fabergé Egg Found At Flea Market Sold For $33 Million Dollars


A scrap metal dealer came across an antique egg gem at antique sale and had a hunch. The hunch made him a millionaire (though he might have been one already.)

The still unidentified man shelled out £8000 ($13,204 US) for the egg and did some digging on the origin of the piece. His research left him in shock.

“He discovered he was in fact the owner of a £20 million missing Fabergé egg, dating back to the 19th century. The egg previously belonged to Empress Maria Feodorovna and was given to her as an Easter gift from her husband, Emperor Alexander III, in 1877. It is one of the original 50 Imperial Easter Eggs designed for the Russian royal family by Carl Fabergé and houses a Vacheron Constantin watch. Only three of the eight missing eggs are believed to have survived including this one that made its way to America’s Mid-West.”

Wartski, an antique dealer based in the UK, bought the historic treasure and will be displaying it in London from April 14-17th.



The most expensive dog in the world just sold for $2 million dollars


According to several reports, a Tibetan mastiff puppy was sold in China for almost $2 million, and is the most expensive dog sale ever on record.

A property developer paid 12 million yuan ($1.9 million dollars) for the golden-haired mastiff puppy.

Enormous and possibly ferocious (depending on breeding), Tibetan mastiffs are a prized status symbol among China’s wealthy. This lust for puppies with a passing resemblance to lions, is what sends the prices skyrocketing.

Purity of breed and rarity makes these dogs extremely expensive. The breeder of this particular puppy claims to have sold a similar puppy for half the price not long ago.

Prior to this sale, the most expensive dog on record was sold for 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) in 2011.



Meat slicer in a drawer because meat


Deli meat tastes best after a fresh slice. Imagine being able to slice your own meats, breads and random other household items you wonder “would this go through a meat slicer?”

The Universal Cutter from Poggenohl.

“Food keeps its freshness and flavor far longer if it’s only cut into when needed. And this universal cutter lives up to its name – it cuts everything. Not just bread, fruit and vegetables, but all food products. Poggenpohl’s universal cutter is a genuine all-rounder which can be integrated in the drawer system or attached to a swivel fitting.”

If only all the appliances could be hidden in drawers with the massive amounts of cured meats.

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Diamond Armor is the most expensive suit in the world. Did we mention it’s bulletproof?


There isn’t a better investment a man can make than dropping some coin down for a finely tailored suit. It’s just an added bonus if the double-breasted jacket can stop bullets.

Presented by watch brand Carl F. Bucherer and SuitArt at this year’s BaselWorld watch and jewelry show, the “Diamond Armor” suit is bulletproof, equipped with an integrated cooling system and waterproof thanks to special nanotechnology sealing.

The Diamond Armor is also set with 880 black diamonds — 280 on the watch-grade steel buttons and 600 on the lapel and contours totaling 142 carats. The suit’s lining includes artwork by Luciano Goizueta. The suit comes standard with a Carl F. Bucherer watch and a 24-carat gold tie.

The total price comes in a shade over $3.2 million dollars.



Meet the man who rented a boat, crane and dropped $67,000 to move one little hut


The second house is just the way you want it but the location isn’t optimal. Maybe moving it to a nicer spot is the answer? Love your beach house enough to nudge it to another spot along the shore if all it will take is a boat, crane and $66,512?

Pack the fine seashells — the house is making an exit.

The Daily Mail gives the blow-by-blow:

“You might be forgiven for thinking that this is a beach hut that’s being rescued after being washed out to sea. But it’s actually a luxurious hut worth £40,000 that’s being towed on the water to an exclusive sandy spit because it was too big to be driven there. The timber chalet, that measures 13ft by 13ft, was transported using the unconventional method to Mudeford Spit, Dorset, which is home to Britain’s most expensive beach huts.”

Huts typically sell for around £150,000 ($250K US) in the remote sandbank that can only be accessed by boat or along a narrow road used only by a novelty land train.

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Richard Branson’s yacht is rentable for a mere $110,000 a week, comes with a nymph


Sir Richard Branson’s yacht — the Necker Belle — is up for sale.

If you can’t commit a couple hundred paychecks to the Virgin’s vessel, you can still rent the 32m/105’ sailing catamaran for $110,000 per week.

Launched in 2003, the boat was built by French Shipyard CMN before Branson dropped some coinage and spent two years rebuilding the vessel at Azzura Yachts in Australia. The boat did time transporting the Branson brood back and forth to their private island in the Caribbean. Maybe now they’re just going to take a rocket ship to and from the island on their way back from the moon?

The boat fits 10 comfortably and comes with its own nymph. It ain’t how you’re thinking but an ironic name for the man who founded a company named Virgin.

One of her most extraordinary charter features is the ultimate underwater exploration toy – the ‘Necker Nymph’, a fully-submersible underwater aircraft. Two passengers alongside with a trained pilot at the helm can dive down to depths of 30m/100’ for up to two hours, exploring and discovering marine life in the beautiful Caribbean waters.

Branson put the boat on the market for purchase last year so time is limited to rent the Necker Belle and play James Bond in the open waters.



World’s Most Expensive Tequila Sells For $3.5 Million And It’s Got Nothing To Do With the Booze


The most expensive bottle of tequila in the world, the Ley .925 Tequila Pasion Azteca Ultra Premium Anejo, tops the list of priciest Tequilas on Earth. It’s not the booze that makes people go bonkers.

It’s the bottle.

The Ley .925 comes in one of three bottles — the first or “cheaper” options sells for $225,000 and comes in a hand-crafted white gold and pure platinum bottle. The logo is also solid platinum. The second bottle is diamond-encrusted and fetches close to $1.5 million dollars. There were only a few bottles produced and even the manufacturers don’t have any to sell. For a measly $100,000 the manufacturers will be happy to slip you the phone number of the bottle’s owner, which is mighty kind.

The Diamond Sterling Bottle, priced at $3.5 million, the final bottle option but for that kind of money you might as well by a tequila distillery and go into the booze bottling business.

Check out the nine other most expensive tequilas in the world.



Tesla Model S clocks in at over $200K


The Tesla Model S has a typical tag price around $60,000 for the standard model. Start adding the bells and whistles and the car will hover in the $90-$100,000 price range.

If you’ve got the wallet there is another option — fully loaded. But what’s the most expensive Model S you can build? Teslarati has the answer.

Clicking all available options to buyers, the most expensive Model S will total over $205,820. That’s more than twice as much as the normal Tesla vehicle.

For more awesome pics of the gorgeous Model S, check out this piece.


To waste in a foolish manner…specifically money