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Saturday, February 5, 2011

world’s Most Expensive Castle

World's Most Expensive Castle - Castle Dracula
While every medieval fortress is a treasure trove of history, some are such cultural icons that they are virtually priceless. England’s Tower of London and Windsor Castle are such landmarks, and merely suggesting a price tag for either of those would be unthinkable.
Not so is Bran Castle in Romania. Archduke Dominic von Habsburg, a New York architect and grandson of King Ferdinand I of Romania, put the castle up for sale in 2007. It is historically important as a the home of Romainian royalty, including Ferdinand’s wife, Queen Marie. It was seized by Romania’s communist regime in 1948 and only recently retroceded to Archduke Dominic.
You may know Bran Castle by a different name, after a more infamous occupant. It’s also called Castle Dracula.
Its association with Count Dracula is tenuous. The castle was briefly occupied in 1459 by Vlad III, the historical figure on whom Bram Stoker’s famous vampire was based.
While the Archduke’s original asking price was a mere $78 million, and even then he would only sell with the promise that the castle would be treated with due respect, the New York investment firm expected to sell it for over $135 million. That asking price would have made it the most expensive castle in the world.
The sale never happened, however, and the Archduke has instead turned Castle Bran into a museum dedicated to Queen Marie and the royal family.

World’s Most Expensive Music Box Sets

Box sets used to run into the thousands, but have lately fallen in price—no doubt a result of the recession. For the majority of music fans, this is great news when looking to purchase some of their favorites, but there are still some out there that they’ll have to drop serious coin on. Check out our list of some of the world’s most expensive box sets—ranging in genre from classical to rock, these sets include such items of interest as books, DVDs, original artwork and even x-rated goods!
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - Herbert von Karajan: Complete Recordings on Deutche Grammaphon
Herbert von Karajan: Complete Recordings on Deutche Grammaphon
Price: $3,300

One of history’s most celebrated conductors, Karajan has outsold every other classical music recording artist. This 240-disc Japanese set features two CDs of rehearsals, 100 and 200 page books (in Japanese), and a wooden cabinet-style box.
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - Arthur Rubinstein: The Rubinstein Collection
Arthur Rubinstein: The Rubinstein Collection
Price: $1,600

This 94-disc set features all of the Polish pianist’s studio-approved recordings—including three complete Beethoven cycles, Chopin cycles and around 200 previously unreleased tracks. The 706 recordings are remastered and the set includes a book of photos and essays.
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - Yo-Yo Ma: 30 Years Outside the Box
Yo-Yo Ma: 30 Years Outside the Box
Price: $789.98 (The most expensive box set in 2009!)

The complete set includes ninety CDs (every original album Yo-Yo Ma has recorded to date), two bonus discs featuring the first release of John Williams’ Suite from Memoirs of a Geisha for Cello and Orchestra, entirely re-mastered with DSD technology, a 312-page hard-bound book, a beautifully designed velvet-lined box, numbered limited-edition with letter of authenticity, a rare archival of photos, essays, full track lists, original liner notes, and more. It’s available at Borders, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - The Pixies: Minotaur Box Set
The Pixies: Minotaur Box Set
Price: $753.98

This box set features all five of the band’s studio albums—Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa, Doolittle, Bossanova and Trompe le Monde—on 24k gold-plated discs and 180-gram vinyl. It also includes a 96-page fine art book and a 52-page photo book, a bookmark signed by all the members of the Pixies, two double-sided posters and a Giclee print of some of Oliver’s art. Topping it all off is a DVD and Blu-ray with all five Pixies albums on 5.1 Surround Sound Mix, an unreleased 1992 concert from London’s Brixton Academy and all of the band’s music videos.
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - Jascha Heifetz: RCA Living Stereo Box Set (Road Case)
Jascha Heifetz: RCA Living Stereo Box Set (Road Case)
Price: $699.99

Lithuanian violin virtuoso Jascha Heifetz was known for a mechanical stage presence that belied the emotionality of his playing. This set features nine albums on thirty-three 12” 45 rpm LPs, including Beethoven and Tchaikovsky concertos in D. All of this is bundled in a heavy duty road case.
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - The Beatles: Stereo Box Set
The Beatles: Stereo Box Set
Price: $661.98

This is the 2009 Japanese remastered box set. It includes sixteen discs along with a DVD, a bonus Japanese text booklet and Obi. The stereo remastered versions of these thirteen studio albums along with the Past Masters CD are all included. There are also a lot of extras included in this box set, such as a DVD that includes a short documentary on the making of each album.
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - Abba: Paper Sleeve Box
Abba: Paper Sleeve Box
Price: $507.99

Be the complete Abba fan with this deluxe limited edition nine-CD Box Set, with each disc presented in Paper Sleeves. All eight albums are here, along with a bonus disc exclusive to this box set!
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - Rammstein: Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da
Rammstein: Liebe Ist Für Alle Da
Price: $409.99

This is a unique box set to say the least. This version of Rammstein’s sixth studio album, Liebe Ist Für Alle Da, comes expansively packaged in a flight case style box. The package contains the deluxe edition version of the album, six sex toys (numerically corresponding to each member of the band), handcuffs and lubricant. It definitely makes for an interesting gift!
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - SBB: Anthology 1974-2004
SBB: Anthology 1974-2004
Price: $340.99

A Box Set containing twenty-two studio and live albums by SBB. The last two albums are compilations of rare and unreleased tracks with guest musicians such as Tomasz Stanko. Those two CDs are available ONLY in the box set. It’s a limited edition (only 1000 copies released).
World's Most Expensive Box Sets - The Beatles: USB Box Set
The Beatles: USB Box Set
Price: $229.99

The apple-shaped USB drive is loaded with the critically acclaimed remastered audio for The Beatles’ fourteen stereo titles, as well as all of the remastered CDs’ visual elements, including 13 mini-documentary films about the studio albums, replicated original UK album art, rare photos and expanded liner notes.

Most Expensive Record

Have you ever heard of The Quarrymen? No? Well, it may shock you to find out that that a vanity record pressed by this group is worth something like £100,000 ($200,000 USD). Even more surprising, the world’s most expensive record is a single—a cover of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day.”
World’s most expensive record
If you’re wondering how a cover by a nobody band could be worth so much, perhaps it’d help to know that three of the band’s members went on to form three quarters of the legendary pop rock group, The Beatles. Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison are all featured on the most expensive record, along with fellow Quarrymen Colin Hanton and John “Duff” Lowe.
Most members of the band attended Quarry Banks grammar school, from which they derived the name. The band lasted until 1958, when Lowe and Hanton left the group. After that, the group went through several names before settling on The Beatles.
Sir Paul McCartney still owns the world’s most expensive record. Record Collector, a magazine, arrived at the £100,000 figure through information from experts, collectors and dealers.
The expensive single also contains an original B-side by McCartney and Harrison, “In Spite of All the Danger.”

World’s Most Expensive Movie Posters

A movie poster collection may be anything from an extension of another hobby to a sign of serious passion for film history. One buyer may be willing to pay $10 or $20 for an original “Fellowship of the Ring” one-sheet while another pays $47,000 for one of the few remaining “Grand Hotel” posters. With the latter type of collector in mind, we turn to the most expensive movie posters in the world.
World’s Most Expensive Movie Posters - Metropolis
“Metropolis” – $690,000
A private collector acquired this expensive movie poster at auction from the Austrian National Library in Vienna in 2005. Only three other copies of the poster are known to have survived to the current day—one in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, another in a private collection and a second copy in the Austrian National Library. The expensive poster was created to promote Fritz Lang’s 1927 science fiction masterpiece, “Metropolis.”
The German film, set in the year 2026, dealt with the schism between two societal castes in the film’s titular city—the wealthy thinkers and planners, and the underground working class. The film cost roughly $14 million to make, adjusted for inflation, and was the most expensive silent movie at the time of its release. Sadly, much of the original footage has been lost and it cannot be viewed in its intended form.
“The Bride of Frankenstein” – estimated at $700,000
World's Most Expensive Movie Posters - The Bride of Frankenstein
Heritage Auctions expects to sell this teaser one-sheet, the only surviving poster of its kind, at their Beverly Hills Signature Movie Poster Auction in November, 2010. The poster comes from the Collection of Todd Feiertag, likely the largest collection of vintage horror movie posters of all time.
“The Bride of Frankenstein” is the sequel to the original 1931 “Frankenstein,” starring Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster. In the film, the monster coerces his humbled creator into creating another monster to serve as his mate. The film cost just under $400,000 to produce, or around $6 million in today’s currency.

Top 10 Sexiest And Most Searched Women On The Planet

Battles will be waged, natural disasters will occur, and the argument of which women are among the sexiest women of the world will endure.
Although it will always be a debated subject here is a list of the Top 10 Sexiest and Most Searched Women on the Planet.
These beautiful ladies come from different areas of entertainment. Some are actresses, models, singers, and some are athletes but the one thing that ties them all together is they are all Sexy and Searched for online!
So scroll down and take a look at these Sexy ladies and vote for who you think is the Sexiest.

# 10 Avril Lavigne Pictures

Avril Lavigne is a singer, songwriter, and musician who shot to the top of the Pop charts in 2002. She has since sold more than 30 million albums, nearly 20 million tracks worldwide, and earned 8 Grammy Award nominations as well as 7 Canadian Juno Awards.

# 9 -Paris Hilton Pictures

Paris Hilton is the socialite heiress of the Hilton Hotels family. She has managed to keep herself in the media spotlight as a model, singer, reality star and fashion designer (just to name a few.) She is probably best known for her very "controversial sex tape" released in 2003.

# 8-Miley Cyrus Pictures

Miley Cyrus is a singer, songwriter, and actress on both TV and film. Better known to some as "Hannah Montana", Miley Cyrus is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus. Hannah Montana started its fourth and final season on July 11, 2010 and is scheduled to end in 2011. But not to worry Miley Cyrus is already set to star in at least two more movies.

# 7- Kim Kardashian Pictures

Kim Kardashian rose to the top with the hit reality show featuring her and her family called "Keeping up with the Kardashians." With the conclusion of the fourth season in 2010, it became E's most watched telecast ever with 4.8 million viewers. Kim Kardashian is a socialite, television personality, producer, actress, and model who also added to her fame with a controversial sex tape with former boyfriend Ray J.

# 6 -Britney Spears Pictures

Britney Spears has quite a list of achievements when it comes to the music world. One of the most notable would be the sell of over 100 million records worldwide, which puts her at the top of the best-selling music artists in the history of contemporary music. Her rise to the top of the music world was not without its road-bumps, she has her share of controversy too.

# 5 - Rihanna Pictures

Rihanna is a R&B recording artist and songwriter who has sold more than 15 million albums and 45 million singles worldwide. She has received several awards in the music industry including two Grammy Awards.

# 4 - Beyonce Pictures

Beyonce, recording artist, songwriter, record producer, actress, model, and fashion designer (Is there anything she can't do?) She started out as lead singer for Destiny's Child in the 90's and later released a solo album in 2003, never to look back again. She has done nothing but continue to rise to the top with numerous awards and achievements.

# 3 - Madonna Pictures

Madonna, do I really have to elaborate? This entertainment mogul continues to re-create herself and add to already remarkable career. She is not only an American recording artist and actress but a very successful entrepreneur as recognized by Time Magazine as one of the "25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century." She has sold tens of millions of records worldwide and to date is not finished yet.

# 2 - Ke$ha Pictures

Ke$ha is an American pop singer-songwriter and rapper who just arrived on the scene in 2005 but reached true success with her RCA record deal in early 2009. She has had several nominations in the music world and also ranked fifty-sixth on Maxim's 2010 Hot 100 "definitive list of the world’s most beautiful women."

# 1- Lady Gaga Pictures

Lady Gaga, American Pop singer-songwriter first hit the scene in 2003 but found her success in 2008 with the release of her debut album that brought her international acclaim. Lady Gaga is best known as an exhibitionist pop-singer with her sometimes bizarre stage and costume theatrics.

Saree, the sexiest dress for women

The Indian tradational dress "Sarry" is the sexiest dress I've ever seen. It covers the things it wants to at the same time uncovers the sexiest curves. Some of the pictures here will tell you the real story.
A sari or saree is the traditional female garment in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.[1] It is also still worn in Pakistan by some women. A sari is a very long strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine metres in length, which can be draped in various styles. The most common style is for the sari to be wrapped around the waist, with one end then draped over the shoulder baring the midriff.[1] The sari is usually worn over a petticoat (pavada/pavadai in the south, and shaya in eastern India), with a blouse known as a choli or ravika forming the upper garment. The choli has short sleeves and a low neck and is usually cropped, and as such is particularly well-suited for wear in the sultry South Asian summers. Cholis may be "backless" or of a halter neck style. These are usually more dressy with a lot of embellishments such as mirrors or embroidery and may be worn on special occasions.Women in the armed forces, when wearing a sari uniform, don a half-sleeve shirt tucked in at the waist.

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Top 10 Most Expensive Watches in the World 2011

Collecting watches is one of the most expensive hobbies in the world. The proof of that is the price of the most expensive watch in the world that can reach several million dollars. Maybe for the rich family the amount of money that spent for collecting the watches is not a big deal compare to the pride of owning those expensive watches. If you’re not rich enough to buy those watches maybe you can just take a look and admire how beautiful those watches are. Let’s take a look at those watches one by one.

10. Breguet pocket watch 1907BA/12: $734,000
Breguet that Founded 225 years ago is one of the oldest watch companies in history. Breguet and is now become of the swatch group company. Breguet Pocket Watch 1907BA/12 is a luxurious expensive watch made of 18 carat gold materials. The movement part is hand made and the watch has two way rotating crown.
most expensive watch Breguet pocket watch 1907 BA/12
Breguet pocket watch 1907 BA/12
9. Blancpain 1735, Grande Complication: $800,000
The casing of Blancpain 1735 Grande complication is made from platinum. Its skin is made from crocodile skin and the engine parts made of 740 pieces of handmade parts and components. This watch is one of the most complex wristwatches ever made in the world.
most expensive watch Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication
Blancpain 1735 Grande Complication
8. Louis Moinet Magistralis: $860,000
Do you want to know the only watch that made of 2000 years old moon meteorite? The answer is Louis Moinet
Magistralis. It’s clear that this very rare meteorite make this watch become that expensive ever compared to gold.The outside part of the gold is made from gold (18 carat). Scarcity of moon meteorite is the reason this watch become expensive and won’t be produced repeatedly.
most expensive watch louis moinet magistralis
Louis Moinet Magistralis
7. Hublot Black Caviar Bang: $1 million
The complexity is the reason of Hublot Black Caviar Bang become expensive. It takes 2000 hours of detailed and meticulous workmanship. The casing of this watch is made of 18 carat of white gold combined with 322 grains of black gems included in the section of his belt buckle that makes the total of 25 carat.It’s very reasonable to be sold for $ 1 million because of the complexity and it’s just made one in the world ever.
most expensive watch Hublot Black Caviar Bang
Hublot Black Caviar Bang
6. The Chopard Super Ice Cube: $1.1 million
The name Chopard Super Ice Cube come from the shape that similar to ice cubes. When you see the picture of the watch you will be guessing that this watch is a package of gemstones. You’re right. This is a package of 66 carat gemstone that makes this watch become expensive.
most expensive watch The Chopard Super Ice Cube
The Chopard Super Ice Cube

5. Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon: $1.3 million
This complex watch is compiled from 688 parts including super small size (microscopic) part. Patek Philippe Sky Moon watches Turbillon is a very complex watch. In the other hand, the casing is made of platinum. This watch just produced two units each year, a series of platinum and another one is rose gold series.
most expensive watch Hublot patek philippe skymoon tourbillon
Hublot patek philippe skymoon tourbillon
4. Vacheron Constantin Tour de l’Ile: $1.5 million
This watch, Vacheron Constantin Tour de L’lle, considered to be the most complex watch ever made by human. It consist of 834 parts with 10000 hours of producing time (more than one year). Maybe you will agree with the amount of time needed when you see that the watch is actually has two faces, where the back of this clock also shows the same time as the front. With gold-plated material. This expensive and complex clock is made only seven units all over the world.
most expensive watch Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'Ile
Vacheron Constantin Tour de l'Ile
3. Patek Philippe’s Platinum World Time: $4 million
In 2002 Patek Philippe’s Platinum World Time became the most expensive wristwatch in the year 2002 when It’s purchased for $ 4 million in an auction event. The special things about this watch is It display 24 hour time zones in different countries. The dispaly is easy to read. In addition, this watch can distinguish between day and night in these 24 time zones.
most expensive watch Patek Philippes Platinum World Time
Patek Philippes Platinum World Time
2. Patek Philippe’s Supercomplication: $11 million
Patek Philippe’s Supercomplication is 18 carat gold pocket watch made in 1932. It took four years for production proces. This watch is originally a watch booked by New York banker Henry Graves, Jr. This watch set a record for a pocket watch in the year 1999 when It’s sold in an auction.
most expensive watch Patek Philippes Supercomplication
Patek Philippes Supercomplication
1. 201-carat Chopard: $25 million
This is the most expensive watch in the world. Unbelieveable? Indeed. But Yes, It’s true. 25 million dollars! This amazing watch has three large diamond heart-shaped fruit. They’re 15-carat pink diamond, 12 carat blue diamond, and 11-carat white diamond. In addition there’s 163-carat diamond surrounded by white and yellow, so that totals 201 carat that become the name of the watch.
most expensive watch 201 Carat Chopard
201 Carat Chopard
Are you interested to own one of those most expensive watches when you have enough money to buy? I guess you should think twice to buy most expensive watch in the world if you’re not super rich person.

Outstanding Wall Clocks

What Kind Of Wall Clocks Are Best For You?

There are many uses for a wall clock than just simply telling the time. A lot of people use wall clocks as a stylish way to decorate their homes. The clock itself just adds luxury to the room and gives the overall space an elegant appeal. While some people choose using these clocks for decoration purposed, others simply collect wall clock that is considered to be antique. They hold on to these particular clocks over a certain amount of time and resell them once they have gone up in value. Rather you are searching for wall clock to add to the décor of your home or to add to your collection, there are many types of clocks to choose from. 
Antique wall clocks are some of the most popular clocks from this category. It is usually relatively easy to distinguish an antique wall clock from the more modern clocks. The antique clocks usually have roman numerals verses actual numbers. As mentioned earlier, these are the types of clock that most people choose to collect. These clocks are extremely valuable and depending on the type, can bring collectors lots of money. An example of a popular antique wall clock is the Grandfather Clock. These are very beautiful clocks that are very much as handsome as they are valuable. Additional physical traits of antique clocks include sharp and curvy pointed hands. The more expensive and older clocks also have swinging pendulum.  
Modern types of clocks are designed to abandon the more traditional look of most clocks. These are great clocks for people who tend to think outside the box when it comes to decorating their homes. They are somewhat revolutionary in looks and style. Since these types of clocks aren’t meant to tell time, it is unusually hard to tell time with them. 
For the fashion and modern-day enthusiasts, there is the Retro wall clock. These wall clocks are literally created to take the appearance and form of just about anything that is a product of popular culture. There are clock that look like cats, dogs, and other notable figures in popular culture. These clocks are used as not only for quirky decoration purposes but also as a form of entertainment. There are retro clocks crated that resemble popular movie characters, popular foods, and some that represents popular culture icons. While these types of clocks aren’t necessarily an antique collector’s favorite, the right clock that represents the right piece of history can be worth quite a little money. But ideally, these clocks are just made to take decoration in a more exciting direction. 
Contemporary wall clocks are another type of popular clocks. These are some of the most purchased clocks. A large amount of these clocks are analog clocks. Although most of these clocks are analog clocks, it is not uncommon for a contemporary wall clock to have a digital display as an addition. There are also some clocks that contain roman numerals, but they still have a contemporary feel with a more modern font face. This is a great clock for decoration purposes. Since they are so great for decorating, they continue to be some of the most sought after clocks.
Decorative wall clocks are made for one purpose: decoration. If you are looking for a wall clock to decorate your home and something extra to a certain room, these are the right wall clocks for you. These clocks are meant to add flare to any room in the house and make everything else in correlate to the existing theme in the room. It is important that decorators understand that these clocks must be used to fit in with the existing theme of the room. Purely meant as a little eye candy, the functionality of these clocks is unimportant. These types of clocks come in a variety of styles and looks to decorate a large variety of homes and rooms. Next to antique clocks, these are some of the most expensive wall clocks. Characteristics of these types of clocks include sophisticated designs on the face and some play beautiful melodies every hour. This type of lavish wall clock can be found in the high end furniture stores. 
In addition to these types of wall clocks, there are many different types used for all kinds of purposes. There are also neon clocks that are used to add light to the wall and are only used for functionality. Some wall clocks are made to advertise businesses by using company logos and mascots. There is even wall clock that resembles a popular sports team and allow sports fans to decorate their homes with their favorite teams. Whatever wall clock you choose; there are plenty of styles, size, shapes, and colors that can work for you.