$425,000 trip to Oscars among Neiman Marcus gifts
DALLAS (AP) — Holiday shoppers with a limitless budget and taste for opulence could spend $425,000 for a trip to the Academy Awards, complete with invitations to the Vanity Fair Oscar party.
For the martini lover who has everything and floor space to spare, there's the 6-foot green steampunk cocktail-shaking machine for $35,000.
Those are among the lavish items included in the annual Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, which was released Tuesday. It's the 88th edition of the publication from the Dallas-based luxury retailer.
The book includes 10 "fantasy gifts." The "his and hers" gift is a "quadski," described as a cross between an ATV and a personal watercraft, traveling on land and water. They sell for $50,000 each.
Other offerings are:
— A trip for two to Paris, with five-star accommodations and gallons of a custom-designed perfume for $475,000.
— A limited-edition Maserati sports car with a 3-liter V6 twin-turbo engine for $95,000.
— An "ultimate Mardi Gras experience" for six couples in New Orleans with tickets to the black-tie Orpheus Ball for $125,000.
— An "ultimate slot car raceway" centered on a scale replica of the customer's favorite car track and an inaugural race party co-hosted by race car drivers Vic Elford and David Hobbs for $300,000.
— A Leontine Linens home trousseau of custom cottons and linens for the entire home for $55,000.
A portion of the proceeds from each fantasy gift sale goes to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which supports youth arts education.
The book's more pedestrian fare includes a hand-enameled tiger's head on marble pedestal for $6,500.