Catherine The Great’s Priceless Statuette, Beverly Hills Penthouse, Privately Owned Zeppelin, And $2 Million Model Train Set Highlight <i>Robb Report</i>’s 25th Annual “Ultimate Gift Guide”

December 3, 2008

Catherine The Great’s Priceless Statuette, Beverly Hills Penthouse, Privately Owned Zeppelin, And $2 Million Model Train Set Highlight <i>Robb Report</i>’s 25th Annual “Ultimate Gift Guide”

Eagerly Awaited December Issue Features 21 Extraordinary Gifts Representing More than $400 Million in Value

MALIBU, CA – A priceless statuette once owned by Catherine the Great, a $36 million Beverly Hills penthouse, a privately owned zeppelin valued at more than $17 million, and a $2 million model train set highlight the more than $400 million worth of exclusive items in Robb Report magazine’s 25th annual Ultimate Gift Guide, now on newsstands.

Answering the question of what to give when cost is no object, Ultimate Gift Guide offers 21 exceptional items, including extraordinary vehicles, treasured jewels, and one-of-a-kind travel experiences. These gifts have been developed exclusively for readers of Robb Report, the world’s most acclaimed journal of connoisseurship. This year’s list includes:

The Blue Venus, an 18th-century sapphire statuette once owned by Catherine the Great and, later, Russian Prince Felix Youssoupov. The four-inch-tall piece, which features a 116-carat spinel intaglio with Medusa depicted on its underside, is so precious that its estimated value cannot be published.

A $36 million Beverly Hills penthouse. The newly opened Montage Beverly Hills Hotel and Residences features a 5,760-square-foot seventh-floor pied-à-terre. In addition to the dwelling, this gift includes custom interior design, a housewarming dinner for 12 prepared by internationally acclaimed chef Wolfgang Puck, and weekly treatments at the hotel’s spa.

The world’s first individually owned zeppelin. Valued at more than $17 million, this zeppelin--to be built by Airship Ventures in collaboration with Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik --will be only one of four in existence. The craft will measure 246 feet long and will have a range of 500 miles, a minimum cruising altitude of 1,000 feet, and seating capacity for 12. It will include personalized exterior design, a customized cabin interior, and zeppelin-pilot training and certification.

The ultimate model train set. The quintessential holiday gift, this $2 million model railroad features four iconic American trains from the golden age of railroading as well as re-creations of landmarks, major cities, and stations on the trains’ routes from New York to Los Angeles. Pieces include at least 32 train cars and 30 automated features that span a 2,500-square-foot layout. The set also includes a control center equipped with four flat-screen televisions displaying each train’s journey.

A $300 million, 328-foot yacht to be developed by internationally acclaimed designer Ken Freivokh. With an estimated 5,000-mile range and a top speed of 23.4 knots, the four-deck vessel will feature a disco, a sundeck, and a fitness center that wraps around an open-air swimming pool and waterfall. The craft will also house a 12-seat cinema, a wine cellar, a master bedroom, two VIP suites, and stowage for two tenders.

A round of golf for three with Greg Norman at Cornerstone Colorado. Valued at $750,000, this gift includes private air transportation, two nights’ lodging at Cornerstone, a post-round dinner with golf’s “Great White Shark,” one case of each Greg Norman Estates wine annually for the next five years, a selection of Greg Norman Collection apparel for the next five years, and one set of custom-made MacGregor irons.

Ultimate Gift Guide features 15 additional gifts, including fine jewelry and timepieces, one-of-a-kind travel excursions, and other items offered exclusively to Robb Report readers.

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Now in its 32nd year, Robb Report is the international authority on the luxury lifestyle. Each month, the magazine reports on issues and trends affecting the affluent market, with coverage of exclusive events and features on exceptional automobiles, motorcycles, aircraft, art, jewelry, watches, fashion, travel, homes, wines, spirits, and cigars.