Majorca Marvel Bejewels the Spanish Coast, Estate of the Day
There are some estates that just scream bling! at you. Love it or hate it, this place is a talker. Located on the
Spanish island of Majorca, this is a 'hood where if you have to ask the price, you can't afford to be here. Which is pretty much the owner's attitude about it. German prince and talk show host Karl-Heinz Richard Furst von Sayn-Wittgenstein says "price upon request." We spotted it in an eBay classified listed at $28 million.
Known as Villa Colani, inspired by the legendary designer Luigi Colani, this estate was finished in 2009. There's about 10,700-square-feet of living space that includes a spherical kitchen for which the appliances (even the spherical ones) were designed by Sheer and flown in from Italy. More than 1,230 square feet of 24-carat gold (the gold weighed 60 pounds and at the time cost more than $1 million) was used in the swimming pools and house. There are golden fixtures and crystal chandeliers. Specialists and security experts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland were brought in for the installations. And yes, there is a safe room.
Everything in the house runs by remote control -- appliances, curtains, the closed circuit TV, and security systems.
It's a home full of gadgets, glitter and gizmos. But of the highest quality and expense. The estate is a series of circular structures, connected by terraces, water features and wrapped in a package where the exterior is bright orange (although it appears more taxicab yellow in the online photos.) There's an eclectic mix of statues, blue marble columns with gilded plinths, genuine gold mosaic in the bath, and a pool that abuts directly to the exterior of the house. White spindle banisters, gold elliptical balls, iron gates, palm trees, stone lion guardians -- a mishmash or a masterpiece? You decide. It all says Majorca to me, which is perhaps the point.
The exclusive Colani door, as well as the doors to the five other entrances, are all adorned with genuine Swarovski crystals artistically inset into the panel so that they sparkle from both the outside and inside the house. The exacting renovation of the villa was followed closely by the media in Majorca and Germany. And the crowning media moment came when Colani himself visited to witness the installation of the Colani entrance door. He apparently was pleased.
Gallery: Villa Colani