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The Billionaire’s Shopping Guide: 13 Gifts for the Person Who Can Buy Anything

When price is no object, experience, personalization, and rarity are among the only things that can make a gift feel like a true treat. For all the billionaires on your list, here are some ideas that will thrill ego and titillate the senses. (Editor’s note: It always helps if you, the buyer, are a billionaire, too.)

  1. A Meal at Every Three Michelin Star Restaurant
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    A Meal at Every Three Michelin Star Restaurant

    Only 109 restaurants in the world have three coveted Michelin stars, and luxury purveyor VeryFirstTo, along with tour company Holidaysplease, will get you to all of them in half a year’s time. The flights will be business class and hotel stays will be in such places as the Conrad in Tokyo and the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. But the real star of the show will be restaurants like London’s The Fat Duck (whose desert is featured in the image above), Arzak in Spain’s Basque region, Alain Ducasse in Monaco, and Per Se in New York. Cholesterol specialist, sadly, not included.

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    Price: $274,983, which includes a donation to the Prince’s Trust charity

     

    Photographer: Mia Mala McDonald/Bloomberg

  2. A 1962 Aston Martin DB4/GT
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    A 1962 Aston Martin DB4/GT

    Considered by many to be legendary designer Carrozzeria Zagato’s greatest work, the DB4/GT was unveiled at the 1960 London Motor Show. This particular car, which will be sold through RM Sotheby’s “Driven by Disruption” sale in New York on Dec. 10, was owned by a racing enthusiast who used it to win races in 1962 and 1963. Kept safely in storage for over 20 years, it re-emerged to win best in class at several concours events, including Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach. (That's why it's so expensive.) There are only 19 DB4/GTs with coachwork by Zagato, so this is a truly rare opportunity with serious bragging rights.

    msothebys.com

    Price: Estimated to sell for $15,000,000 to $17,000,000

    Photographer: Patrick Ernzen/Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

  3. The First Omega Speedmaster
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    The First Omega Speedmaster

    Certain watches are for certain people. Some guys are Rolex guys. (OK, a lot of guys are Rolex guys.) Some women are Cartier women, and that’s that. And if you’re an Omega person, chances are you love the Speedmaster—the wristwatch of choice for NASA. On December 15, Christie’s is holding a sale of 50 watches that constitute an excellent survey of the 60-year history of the Speedmaster. One of the stars of the sale is a ref. 2915-1 Speedmaster, the first of its kind. Only a few hundred were ever made, and it’s surprisingly difficult to find one in such good condition.
    christies.com

    Price: Estimated to sell for $100,000 to $150,000

     

    Source: Christie's

  4. Original Art from 'Where the Wild Things Are'
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    Original Art from 'Where the Wild Things Are'

    If your billionaire is a child, has a child, or ever was a child, he or she probably is familiar with these two beasts. (They have names, you know: Moishe and Bernard.) This ultra-rare pen and ink on paper work, which has been colored in with watercolors, is from the original collection of images in the book Where the Wild Things Are, the beloved children’s classic by Maurice Sendak. It’s among many Sendak works collected by his friends, 47 of which are on sale at Sotheby’s right now. You’d better hurry, though: the show has been up since Nov. 16, so the wild rumpus has already started.

    sothebys.com

    Price: Up to $950,000. (The one above is $200,000)

     

     

    Source: Sotheby's.

  5. Rodin’s 'Eternel Printemps'
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    Rodin’s 'Eternel Printemps'

    Among interested buyers, it's common to want a Rodin that was crafted for the iconic Gates of Hell, his Dante-inspired allegorical doorway. According to the Rodin Museum in Paris: “During the 37-year period that the sculptor worked on the project, he continually added, removed, or altered the more than two hundred human figures that appear on the doors. Some of his most famous works, like The ThinkerThe Three Shades, or The Kiss, were originally conceived as part of The Gates and were only later removed, enlarged, and cast as independent pieces.” On Dec. 10 in Paris, Sotheby’s will sell one of his most popular romantic works, Eternel Printemps, which Rodin sculpted with the Gates project in mind but decided not to include. The legendary cursed lovers Paolo and Francesca were inspirations for the piece, so it would be a wonderful gift for a billionaire looking for romance—or one going through a divorce.

    sothebys.com

    Price: Estimated to sell for $489,000 to $597,000

     

    Source: Sotheby's

  6. Hang Out at the Edge of Space
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    Hang Out at the Edge of Space

    The Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalogue is one of the great holiday traditions in luxury—providing gift inspiration and one-of-a-kind goods and experiences every year. For 2015, one of the gems is a two-part adventure: First, your billionaire will tour Biosphere 2 and help do a test launch of “World View,” which is a high altitude balloon that will soon be taking commercial trips to 100,000 feet above the earth. Then, in 2017, your recipient will take a trip above. A guest at that height will enjoy 360-degree views of earth ordinarily afforded only to astronauts and angels.

    neimanmarcus.com

    Price: $90,000, which includes a donation to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.
    (This photo is a composite made by NASA; you will not be so high)

     

    Photographer: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

  7. A 1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure
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    A 1978 Luke Skywalker Action Figure

    Say your billionaire loves the Star Wars series. He already bought tickets to The Force Awakens. Until then, he’s indulging in a viewing marathon every weekend in his private screening room/Mos Eisley Cantina. Once, he won a night at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch during a charity auction. Even he probably doesn’t have one of the very few 1978 first edition Luke Skywalker action figures with the double telescoping light saber. Only about 20 with this rare feature exist , according to Sotheby’s, which is auctioning off hundreds of pieces of Star Wars memorabilia on Dec. 11. They’re all part of the collection of mega-fan and Japanese designer Nigo, and the group includes collectible coins, cards, action figures, and even helmets and weaponry. 

    sothebys.com

    Price: Estimated to sell for $12,000 to $18,000

     

     

    Source: Sotheby's.

  8. A Hand-Painted Dress by Holly Fowler
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    A Hand-Painted Dress by Holly Fowler

    At the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s famous Costume Institute Gala, socialite and philanthropist Samantha Boardman wore a one-of-a-kind dress that turned heads. It was green silk, with what looked like gold and turquoise embroidery. On closer inspection, it became clear to admirers that the designs were painted. The luxurious trompe l’oeil look is the signature of Brooklyn-based gown designer Holly Fowler, an alumna of such brands as Chloe and Louis Vuitton. Having been spotted by Vogue tastemaker Lauren Santo Domingo, Holly’s works are now highly sought-after. She’ll work with private clients to determine the perfect fit and look for their special pieces, a throwback to an earlier era of dressmaking.

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    Price: Upon request

     

    Photographer: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

  9. Marc Newson 'Extruded Table 3'
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    Marc Newson 'Extruded Table 3'

    A billionaire who collects fine contemporary art had better get with the program and start collecting furniture to match. This table by top designer Marc Newson is made of incredibly smooth, striated Italian marble. Newson produced it, one of only 10 that exist, for the Gagosian Gallery. One would look just perfect under that Rothko your billionaire just bought—but you'd best avoid placing your wine glass on it while you admire the art.

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    Price: $100,000 to $150,000

     

     

    Source: Phillips

  10. A Wine Château in Saint-Émilion
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    A Wine Château in Saint-Émilion

    Earlier this year, at VinExpo in Bordeaux, wine aficionados packed two separate seminars devoted to the subject of buying wine châteaux in Bordeaux. Guests scribbled notes on distribution policy, map discrepancies, and fluctuations in the market as they dreamed of running a (probably small) business as a passion project. Bloomberg wine critic Elin McCoy rounded up everything your billionaire will need to know in covering the event, so why not get shopping? This particular château, has 46.7 hectares of vines, four separate wineries, and a small chunk of the grand cru Saint-Émilion. The château itself is lovely to look at but could use an update. Tennis court and swimming pool are included because, really, you’re doing this for fun, not to make money. (Trust us.)

    christiesrealestate.com

    Price: $5,190,424

     

    Source: El Primer Paso/Flickr

  11. Chalcedony Bracelets Owned by the Duchess of Windsor
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    Chalcedony Bracelets Owned by the Duchess of Windsor

    Is your billionaire a woman? Then she’ll want jewelry from the collection of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor—a woman so beguiling she caused her lover, King Edward VIII of Great Britain, to abdicate the throne so he could be with her. In their later years, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor became symbols of the international jet set, traveling through America, the Caribbean, and continental Europe. These bracelets were originally sold in a 1987 sale of Simpson’s jewels and have since appeared in museum exhibitions.

    sothebys.com

    Price: Estimated to sell for $400,000 to $600,000

    Photographer: (from left) Wallis Simpson via Hulton Archive/Getty Images; Courtesy of Sotheby's

  12. The Chance to Live Like a Spy for Two Months
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    The Chance to Live Like a Spy for Two Months

    With the help of luxe giving company Truly Experiences and former MI6 intelligence professionals, your billionaire can have James Bond's life (hopefully without the part in which he destroyed all those Aston Martins). Amid this interactive game, covert espionage engagements will arise about once a week for two months in the player's daily life. Through them, he or she will develop such spy skills as covert communications and even agent recruitment. The game adjusts in accordance with how well the player perform, so each experience is individualized, After it ends in a European spy capital, your billionaire will receive a visual playbook of the adventure. 

    (Come to think of it, your player is a billionaire and can blow up countless Aston Martins!)
    trulyexperiences.com
    Price: $11,300

    Source: © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. A Trek Through Untouched Rivers and Mountains in Papua New Guinea
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    A Trek Through Untouched Rivers and Mountains in Papua New Guinea

    Luxe travel group Epic Tomato has a 20-day itinerary that penetrates so deep into rural Papua New Guinea that patrons will encounter territory that hasn’t been explored by outsiders since the 1960s. This is not for the faint-of-heart billionaire; it is impossible to predict what travelers will encounter along the way. (Plus they must carry boats on their backs.) Still, finding one of the last places on earth that is still not fully understood by contemporary society? That’s priceless.

    Actually, it’s one of the cheaper things on this list, but you get it.

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    Price: $15,000

    Photographer: Marc Dozier/hemis.fr/Getty Images