Ferrari Old

Most expensive car ever stolen up for auction this month

Ferrari New

Way back in 1954, the Ferrari 375-Plus was considered “the ultimate weapon” at the World Sportscar Championship.

The 375-Plus went from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds. It reached top speeds of 186 mph. One of only five made by the Italian sports car legends, this particular car competed at Le Mans, Silverstone and in the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia races.

The car was so fast it appeared to almost disappear on the track. Then one day it really did disappear. It was stolen. More on that in a minute. First…the fire.

In 1957, the car was damaged by a fire and sold to a nuclear physicist named Karl Kleve.
Kleve stored the car in a container. Here’s where things get really bonkers.

“The scientist kept the car in his massive collection in Ohio but in 1986 a trailer containing the Ferrari – but without some major parts and the engine – was stolen. This kicked off an incredible 25-year investigation involving the FBI, Interpol and, most recently, lawyers.

The thieves, who were later jailed, sold the car to a broker in Atlanta who, in 1989, sold the car to Belgian racing driver Jacques Swaters. Mr Swaters, a close friend of Enzo Ferrari, was initially unaware the Ferrari had been stolen and had it restored in Modena, Italy.

Despite the theft and recovery, the Ferrari was never returned to Mr Kleve and there were years of legal battles on each side of the Atlantic.”

Finally, a settlement was reached, and the most expensive car ever stolen (and burned) will go on the auction block at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in Sussex. The car is expected to go for at least $13 million dollars.

Most expensive car ever stolen expected to make £8m at auction [via Western Morning News]

life on a boat

Live aboard a cruise ship that permanently circles the world

life on a boat

Imagine Lost on a boat except everyone is alive, wants to be on the boat and there are no mythical animals. Alright, not Lost.  Imagine The Love Boat but the very first cast of guest stars, from the very first episode, never got off the boat.

Maybe neither of those examples properly explain the idea behind The World. Maybe we’ll just let the website explain. 

“Since our launch in 2002, The World has continuously circumnavigated the globe, spending extensive time in the most exotic and well-traveled ports, allowing us – the Residents – to wake up in a new destination every few days, exploring with depth we had never before thought possible.  It’s a lifestyle we are truly grateful to live each day.

At 644 feet, The World is the largest privately owned yacht on the planet. Each of us owns one or more of the 165 private onboard Residences, and collectively, we own the ship, ensuring that our experiences – both onboard and off – are far beyond current luxury travel standards.”

Wait, we’ve got it. Imagine the show Shipmates but…oh, nevermind.




Woody Allen

Book of Jewish gangsters will be most expensive crime book ever

Woody Allen

Mention the word “gangster” and the first images that usually spring to mind are Italian Tony Soprano-type wiseguys or rough Irish guys protecting their turf. Rarely does a person image a young Jewish man who leaves the gun, takes the cannolis and takes holy the Sabbath.

The way the world, or at least the United States, thinks about gangsters is about to change with the publishing of the definitive book on Jewish gangsters. The Brownsville Boys: Jewish Gangsters of Murder, Inc. is a “lavishly illustrated, printed and boxed” according to the New York Times.

The book might also become the world’s most expensive gangster book. The collector’s item, measuring more than a foot high and six inches wide, goes on sale in New York this weekend for $4200.

Written by a crime scholar at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in a noir style, The Brownsville Boys: Jewish Gangsters of Murder, Inc., features twenty original color etchings of the likes of Louis Buchalter (his mother called him Little Louis or Lepkele), Albert (Tick Tock) Tannenbaum, Irving (Knadles) Nitzberg, Philip (Little Farfel) Cohen, Morris (Moey Dimples) Wolinsky and other Jewish assassins.

“Sixty copies of the book were printed. About 10 went free to its contributors. Twenty — including about half at an early discount price of $3,800 — were sold to institutions like the Library of Congress, John Jay, Yale, the University of California at Los Angeles, Stanford, the University of Delaware and Wesleyan.”

Almost all of the men featured in the book hail from the borough of Brooklyn.


Dragon RC

Fire-Breathing, Flying RC Dragon Costs a King’s Ransom — $60K To Be Exact

Dragon RC

This is how you really train your dragon. You dropped down $60K and press the BREATHE FIRE button until you torch an entire city block.

The Fire-Breathing, Flying Dragon via Hammacher Schlemmer

“This is the remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. Proving its prowess before take-offs or after successful raids, the dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3′ blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank and igniter built into its toothy maw.”

This dragons comes standard with a mini turbine engine built into the chest. The engine provides a thrust that exits the rear at 500 mph (just like a good jalapeno), and uses a half gallon of jet aircraft fuel or kerosene. Flights last ten minutes.



Hermes Aligator Handbag

Just $52K and This Hermes Alligator Birkin Bag Is Yours

Hermes Aligator Handbag

Christie’s auction house has launched an exclusive, online-only auction of “luxury handbags & accessories.”

Running March 18 through March 27th, the auction features vintage couture handbags and accessories with everything up for bid.

The details from Luxury Insider:

“With a wide array of vintage handbags in bright and vibrant colours, perfect for Spring/Summer 2014, the auction offers over 130 lots by the most sought-after designers including Hermès, Chanel, and Christian Dior. Highlights of the online sale include iconic Hermès Birkins and Kellys in bright Spring colours and exotic leathers.”

For example, this exquisite Hermes A Roughe H Matt Alligator Birkin Bag. The bidding starts at GBP 32,000.00 ($52,000 US). You’ve got until the 27th to place a bid and add this gorgeous bag to your collection.

Check out all the bags up for auction here.


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.