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$425,000 trip to Oscars among Neiman Marcus gifts

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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.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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