Filed under: Events
Among the offerings (shown in the gallery below) are a photograph of comedian Dan Aykroyd in a conehead costume with Pamela Anderson, an early Brigitte Bardot photo, an oil painting of of a scarlet-lipstick mouth by pop artist Tom Wesselmann and a 1970 portrait of Hefner in his signature smoking jacket and pipe. Wesselmann's "Mouth No. 8" is estimated at $2 million to $3 million.
The art represents just a small amount of the Playboy Art Collection which has an archive of 5,000 contemporary artworks and more than 20 million photographs. The auction also features centerfolds of women whose careers were made by Playboy including Anna Nicole Smith, Jenny McCarthy and Pamela Anderson.
Gallery: Playboy Art Up For Auction
Also on the list is Tim Blixseth, the founder of the Yellowstone Club. He owes $894,000 in unpaid personal income taxes but according to the AP his attorney, Michael Flynn says Blixseth owes nothing because his ex-wife Edra had agreed to pay his taxes as part of their divorce settlement. Edra, as we know, is in bankruptcy and both she and Tim Blixseth are selling off their global portfolio of properties to raise money. Not in quite so much trouble is Dancing With The Stars beauty Pamela Anderson. She owes $493,144 in personal tax debt.
Last month we wrote about the Russian-made $1.5 million Monaco Red Diamond Edition luxury armored SUV, featuring gold and diamond accents and an interior upholstered in whale penis leather. The unnerving upholstery is apparently in tribute to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who had whale penis leather aboard his yacht the Christina. Now pneumatic actress and animal rights activist Pamela Anderson, Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Federation have complained to Dartz, the company responsible, causing them to ditch plans for any whale genitalia to be used in making the insane vehicle. We can't imagine anyone but the Prince of Brothels would ever buy one anyway. Dartz's Leonard F. Yankelovich has now issued an unintentionally hilarious apology of sorts, in Russian-inflected English:
"We have no ideas to kill the whale or something like that," he insists. "All we want - to make just luxury car. Real luxury car which will be world number one car. We just looking for most expensive products for this car - and that's why we choosed whale penis leather when we checked it is most of most. After wave of protest we realised our mistake and make a decision not to use natural leather at all. We will focus on world most advanced nanotechnologies to achieve interior highest quality using artificial materials which also was never used for cars. We want to tell our hello to all whales: 'Our Sea Brothers! We all know that earth are stand on three whales - we will keep You live! We don't want Earth fall down to Ocean!'"
As Anderson describes it on her website she's been making her own products for years layering various scents. She says that her goal was to "create a fun, sexy fragrance that really captured the beach with soft, gentle touches in a way that lingers." Starting this month, Malibu Day and Malibu Night are going to retail for $39 (1.7oz) and $49 (3.4oz) at CVS/Pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Nordstrom, Sears and other department stores and drugstores around the U.S. Maybe this new line will help pay off some of the $4.8 million in debt she has reportedly amassed because of some pricey home renovations.
[via Now Smell This]
Spotted in Monaco recently was this pimped-out Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe customized in a Murakami multicolored Louis Vuitton monogram, belonging to the infamous Prince Marcus von Anhalt. Von Anhalt, who's said to have essentially bought his title - Prinz von Anhalt, Herzog zu Sachsen und Westfalen, Graf von Askanien in full - by paying Zsa Zsa Gabor and her ninth husband Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt millions of dollars to adopt him, is one of Germany's largest and most high-profile brothel and nightclub owners.
He refers to himself as "Prince Germany" and apparently uses the Rolls to promote the Royal Race, a Gumball 3000-style exotic auto rally he launched last year. The Prince, who's been known to pal around with Pamela Anderson, claims to be a millionaire "in the three digit range" and to own 26 cars plus luxury real estate in several countries including Monaco and Dubai, attended by 12 bodyguards and 25 servants. This looks to us like not only a crime against taste but exactly the kind of thing LVMH's lawyers love to sue over.
One side effect of the implosion of Dubai's economy which my colleague Deidre Woollard reported on last month is the plummeting value of trophy properties owned by certain superstars. Celebs including David and Victoria Beckham (above), Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Michael Jackson are losing £80,000 or over $100,000 a week as the luxury real estate they purchased in the over-inflated Emirate plunges in value, the London Daily Mirror reports. Posh properties that were worth £3.2 million (or about $4.4 million) in October now on the market for £1.6 million (or about $2.2 million), i.e. only half as much.
"The Dubai market has fallen off a cliff," Jack Whisker of luxury agents Dream Property Dubai tells the paper. "The credit crunch hit us suddenly because all the foreign investors lost confidence. It has hit the higher-value properties the hardest." In January Deidre reported that the Beckhams, who have a luxury villa on the Palm Jumeirah complex, were considering purchasing a second property in the Burj Dubai tower, so they could be doubly exposed. Brad and Angelina reportedly own one of the artificial islands in the out-there development known as The World.
Filed under: Apparel
Anderson, who was photographed for the British designer's sexy new Spring / Summer 2009 ad campaign (right) by Juergen Teller in Miami, has become Westwood's new muse.
At the recent New York Fashion Week, Anderson appeared on the runway in a gold swimsuit for avant-garde label Richie Rich.
Westwood, who's credited with bringing punk and New Wave fashions into the mainstream, formed an early alliance with Malcolm McLaren and the Sex Pistols. She often incorporates the Union Jack into her designs.
For those with more modest means there is Pamela Anderson's 2001 Playboy Airstream otherwise known as the Lovestream. This was a gift from Hugh Hefner to Pamela Anderson and she will be selling it in person at the auction. It is ready for action with Playboy bunny logo seat cushions and a pole and disco ball. Pictures are in the gallery below.
Gallery: Pamela Anderson's Lovestream Trailer
Her hotel will apparently be environmentally friendly, although how exactly we're not sure -- except that she was quoted as saying "It's built with no fossil fuel at all... in Abu Dhabi - where they have all that oil."
Pamela was first inspired for the project after traveling to the area this past June with the Make a Wish Foundation. No word on what her hotel will be called, or when it will open for business.
Pamela Anderson has been associating herself with the animal rights group PETA for years (15 years, to be exact) and she's continuing that trend with her latest effort to support the charity: auctioning off her 2000 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster and donating the proceeds.
The car will go up on the block as part of Julien's Auctions' Summer Entertainment Sale of Hollywood Memorabilia. The auction runs June 21 & 22 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and the car is expected to sell for somewhere between $30,000-$50,000.
[via the Real Estalker]
From the NY Post's Gimme Shelter:
--CNN anchor Paula Zahn has moved out of the Fifth Avenue co-op apartment she's shared with her soon-to-be-ex husband, Richard Cohen. Zahn is renting a full-floor apartment at the Siena on East 76th Street for $40,000 a month.
--Billy Joel and his bride, Katie Lee, have already moved into Roy Scheider's old Sagaponack oceanfront estate, which he may have bought for $16.5 million.
--Gwyneth Paltrow is annoying her Hamptons neighbors because she has erected a very high cedar wall around her 2.2-acre gated compound along with a high-tech security system.
--The longtime Fifth Avenue apartment of the late Abe Hirschfeld has finally sold for $6 million.
From The Real Estalker:
--Producer and writer Michael Weithorn and his wife Lisa have listed their absolutely gorgeous eight-bedroom Malibu home for $19.25 million. Indulge yourself with the beautiful Flash tour of this big slice of fabulous here.
--Hilary Swank has purchased a six-bedroom home in Pacific Palisades for $5.8 million.
--Sharon Stone has put her Beverly Hills home back on the market for $11.5 million.
--Rob Morrow has purchased a very interesting contemporary home in Santa Monica for $4.3 million.
--Pamela Anderson is renting Chateau Ortolan in Malibu.
--A report in The Sun indicated that the Osbournes may have sold their Beverly Hills mansion to Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman.
--Writer/producer Howard Gordon has listed his Studio City home for $1.449 million.
--Stacy Keach has listed his Calabasas home at $2.295 million, it's our estate of the day later today.
--I have no idea who Nino Santucci is but he lives in one strange and wonderful house (well, wonderful to look at anyway, I think it would be rather strange to actually live there). The wacky home on Mulholland, complete with "milk bar" is listed at $4.5 million. Check it out at the listing here.
From the Wall Street Journal's Private Properties:
--The Salvation Army has sold the San Diego-area home of late McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc for about $16 million, down from the initial 2005 asking price of $28 million.
--Jeffrey A. Marcus -- an investor, former cable executive, sports-team co-owner and, for four days, U.S. ambassador to Belgium -- has bought a Palm Beach, Fla., property for $5.85 million.
From the NY Observer's Manhattan Transfers:
--Robert Thorne, the entertainment lawyer who crafted the careers of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen has paid $2.05 million and $1.975 million for two high-floor apartments in the new and very glassy Centria condo on West 48th Street. Each is now available to rent for just over $10,000 per month or to buy for over $2.5 million.
--A one-bedroom co-op at 825 Fifth Avenue has been sold to Harvard professor Martin Feldstein, once President Reagan's chief economics adviser for $1.925 million.
--Jamie Kimm, Annie Leibovitz's chef until last summer, has bought a co-op at London Terrace, the imperial West Chelsea apartment block where Mr. Kimm used to cook for Ms. Leibovitz in her two-unit penthouse. Mr. Kimm and his wife Alison Attenborough, a food stylist, paid $961,500 for their own spread in the building.
--The late Pulitzer Prize–winner Stanley Kunitz's apartment has been sold to Macy's vice chair Janet Grove for $2.6 million.
From Berg Properties Celebrity Big Time Listings:
--Comedienne Carol Leifer has listed a house in L.A.'s Hollywood Hills for $2.05 million. The listing is here.
-- Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips have paid $2.995 million to purchase a Los Feliz home that once was owned by rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry.
--Josh Radnor of the show "How I Met Your Mother" has purchased a new house is in the Vine Hills area of the Hollywood Hills for above the $1,050,000 list price.
--Former HUD secretary Henry Cisneros has paid $1.56 million for a 2,678-square-foot house in Bel Air.
--Actress Emmanuelle Vaugier has paid $1.395 million for house in the Hollywood Hills.
--Jason Segel of "How I Met Your Mother" has paid $2.24 million for a house on the Sunset Strip and has sold a condo unit in Westwood for $452,000.
Filed under: Yachts & Sailing
Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock got married this weekend aboard a yacht in Saint Tropez. When I saw the pictures over at Perez Hilton I knew that gorgeous yacht looked familiar. It's none other than the Altavida. This 163-foot Oceanco was built in 1993 but went through a major refit in 2005. This gorgeous yacht is for sale and she can be yours for $19.65 million.