FrontRunners: Instrument of Gods

  • Photo by Gianni Zenone
    Photo by Gianni Zenone

    Hercules’ stepmother Hera drove him mad—mad enough to commit several atrocious murders. To atone for his sins, the son of Zeus had to complete the Labors of Hercules, a series of 12 seemingly impossible feats that he finished without fail. The new Tibaldi Hercules (www.tibaldi.it)—available in a limited edition of 12 solid-gold fountain pens—celebrates the demigod’s mythical accomplishments. The engraving on the body of the $43,000 pen and the reproduction painting on its cap (Hercules and the Hydra by Antonio del Pollaiuolo) depict Hercules’ second labor: to kill the nine-headed water snake Hydra. (The pen’s clip is shaped like the club he used to slay the serpent.) The Italian pen maker Tibaldi will also produce the Hercules as a gold rollerball (12 at $42,500 each), a sterling-silver fountain pen (120 at $7,500), and a sterling-silver rollerball (120 at $7,250).

    Ferrari’s track-only hybrid supercar is now available in 1:8 scale…
    Photo by Estate of Pablo Picasso Artists Rights Society, New York
    Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger selling for $179.4 million in May is one of many recent examples…
    Photo by Randall Cordero
    How an Internet entrepreneur assembled a world-beating collection of arcade games…
    Photo by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
    A Southern California homeowner has an incredible 1,200-square-foot shrine to America’s pastime…
    Photo by Iwan Baan
    This September, a highly anticipated contemporary art museum—the Broad—will open in downtown Los...
    How much does baseball outpace other sports memorabilia? A look at the record-setting prices for...
    Photo by Tom Forsyth and Ron Jarrell
    With more than 275 million game sets sold in the past century, Monopoly is the most popular board...
    Shell refueled Logano’s career, so to speak, and the the connection between this driver and his...
    Photo by Bob Tursack
    Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
    Photo by Randall Cordero
    How an Internet entrepreneur assembled a world-beating collection of arcade games.  Greg McLemore...