Every year the rich and famous of the fashion world gather in Vienna for the Life Ball. The charity event is the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser of the year, and has been supported for the past ten years running by Mini. Over the course of their decade of collaboration, the BMW subsidiary has enlisted the talents of such noted designers as Diesel, Versace and Agent Provocateur, and the unique hatchbacks they've created have raised half a million euros for the cause.
This year, however, they've brought in three big name designers – Kenneth Cole, Diane von Furstenberg and Calvin Klein creative director Francisco Costa – to customize special Minis for the event. Each is featured in the image gallery below and will be auctioned off at the gala in Vienna on July 17 to kick off the 18th International AIDS Conference.
Gallery: Mini Life Ball 2010
Cityfile reports that designer Kenneth Cole is trying hard to find a buyer for his 33rd floor penthouse in New York City. Cole has had the apartment, since 1985 but he bought a new place in March for $14.5 million. Cole's Penthouse includes 1,000 square feet of outdoor space, a large living room with three exposures, wood-burning fireplace, limestone and marble bathrooms and a kitchen with high-end appliances. He was originally asking $18.95 million for the four-bedroom apartment but is now asking $16.95 million. There is also a chance to pick up another one-bedroom unit in the building as a maid's apartment.
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Gallery: Kenneth Cole's NYC Apartment
Twin Palms, shown above, the original Palm Springs home of Frank Sinatra is now for sale for $3.25 million. The listing is here.
Luxist reader Nick reports that the Bridgehampton Idea house which we profiled as an estate of the day in January has had a deep price reduction. It was listed at $18 million, was down to $15 million when we wrote about it and now is listed at just $9.95 million. The listing is here.
From Newsday's Real LI:
--Fox Hall, an estate we've been watching since 2005 when it was listed at $20 million has a new broker and a new price, $14,999,999 million. The listing is here.
--Billy Joel 's Centre Island home is back off the market once again. Joel purchased the home in 2002 for $22 million. He listed the Tudor-style waterfront mansion for sale in September 2006 with Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty for $37.5 million when it was our estate of the day and later tried to sell it for $32.5 million.
From the LA Times Hot Property:
Director Rob Cohen has listed his Malibu home. It's our estate of the day later today.
From Cityfile's Buyers and Sellers:
--Bruce Lisman, the former co-head of global equities at Bear Stearns, has cut the price of his apartment at 923 Fifth Ave. The four-bedroom is now $16.75 million, down from $22.5 million. The listing is here.
--Kenneth Cole has reduced the price on his New York City penthouse. We'll be checking it out as the estate of the day on Monday.
From the Wall Street Journal's Private Properties:
--Fashion designer Domenico Vacca has reduced the price on his New York City condominium from $9.5 million to $8.9 million. The listing is here.
--Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Thani, of Qatar, has listed his three-bedroom apartment at Trump Park Avenue for $14 million. The listing is here.
--Hollywood producer George Furla is asking $3.495 million for his unfinished penthouse apartment in downtown Chicago. He paid $3.15 million for the unit in 2005. The listing is here.
From the NY Observer's Manhattan Transfers:
--Colombian ambassador to the U.N. Claudia Blum and her husband Francisco Barberi have paid $3.9 million for a third-floor co-op at 936 Fifth Avenue, which is next door to the other apartment in the building thy bought for $3.35 million earlier this month
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Silly name, gorgeous bag. Modern and glowing, the shape is rather ordinary, but the details are not. The large flap front is free of adornment, allowing the unique handle and strap to be the focus of attention. With a 3" drop, the solid handle has just the right amount of heft and looks comfortable to carry thanks to the leather padding. The 11½" chain shoulder strap is substantial, but not chunky, and the overall look is delicate. Measuring 11½"L x 2"W x 8¾"H, it is lined and features interior zip, cell and wallet slip pockets. $159.
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Are you planning on being good or bad tonight? You can get both a little angel and a little devil with Kenneth Cole's Conscience Cufflinks. The links are made of highly polished sterling silver with either a blue angel or a red devil in translucent enamel - so the physical manifestations of your conscience will be on either wrist, rather than on either shoulder, as so often depicted in artwork and even in cartoons. Price: $45.
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