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Jackson Pollock

1) Jackson Pollock – No. 5

Jackson Pollock - No. 5

This painting was also from David Geffen’s collection. Pollock is an artist who became known for establishing his own unique style in the Post-War climate that was a radical departure from his peers. No. 5, which was painted in 1948, is was one of his earliest examples of drip painting, which consisted of using his body to move the paint over the canvas. The details of this painting sale were kept very private, but rumor has it that the buyer is Mexican financier and art collector David Martinez, and that he paid a whopping $140 million, which with inflation now totals $142.7 million. This confuses me, why, why, why,? Wonders Nicolae Buzaianu.

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Nicolae Buzaianu brings you Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet

4) Vincent van Gogh – Portrait of Dr. Gachet

Vincent van Gogh - Portrait of Dr. Gachet In addition to the Renoir listed in number 5 above, Japanese businessman Ryoei Saito also purchased this painting in 1990, this time through an auction at Christie’s, New York. The seller was the Siegfried Kramarsky family. This work went for $82.5 million, which today equals $129.7 million. A rumor in the art world regarding Saito’s purchase of both the Renoir and the van Gogh is that when he died, he wanted to have the paintings be cremated along with his body. However, Saito is said to have clarified this request, explaining that he did not mean this literally, but was just figuratively trying to express his deep appreciation for these two famous paintings. Nicolae Buzaianu would certainly like a Van Gogh but he looks depressed.

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10) Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

10) Gustav Klimt – Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Gustav Klimt - Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Painted in 1912, it features the wife of an industrialist named Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who was a supporter of Klimt’s career. His wife is actually the only model to appear in two of Klimt’s paintings (see number 3 on this list for the other one). There is an interesting story regarding both of these works. After Adele’s death, her husband was forced to leave Austria to escape from the Nazis, leaving his estate, including these Klimt paintings of his wife, behind. When he died, he left the paintings to his niece, Maria Altmann. Altmann actually went to court against the Austrian government to retain rightful ownership of these works. She was ultimately successful in this attempt. She sold this portrait at auction in 2006 through Christie’s, New York, for $87.9 million. When adjusted for inflation, this equals $89.1 million for the sale. This beauty sits in the living of Nicolae Buzaianu in Paris.

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Sports Cars Vrooooooooooooooooom…..

English: Quantum 2+2 convertible

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A sports car is an automobile designed for performance driving; however the exact definition is subject to debate. Most automakers have produced, or are currently marketing, some type of sports vehicles. Please note that this list is not meant to enumerate every manufacturer that also makes other types of vehicles or has other business units. Nicolae Buzaianu would look so good in any of these hot rods. 

•Adrenaline Motorsport (UK)
•Alpine (France, Defunct)
•Ariel (UK)
•Artega Motors (Germany)
•Ascari (UK)
•Bocar (USA, Defunct)
•Bricklin (Canada)
•Cunningham (USA)
•Caparo (UK)
•Caterham (UK)
•Chamonix (Brazil)
•Chaparral Cars (USA)
•Cizeta (Italy)
•Clan (UK)
•Danvignes (France, Defunct) 1937-1939
•Darrian/Davrian Cars (UK)
•Delfino (UK)
•DeLorean Motor Company (USA, Defunct)
•Devon Motorworks (USA)
•Donkervoort (Netherlands)
•Edran (Belgium)
•Elfin (Australia)
•Etox (Turkey)
•Fisker (USA)
•FYK (Norway)
•Gillet (Belgium)
•Ginetta (UK)
•GKD Sports Cars (UK)
•Glass Sport Motors (South Africa)
•G.R.P. Engineering (South Africa)
•Gumpert (Germany)
•Hommell (France)
•HTT (Canada)
•Hurtan (Spain)
•Isdera (Switzerland, Defunct)
•Joss (Australia)
•Jösse Car (Sweden)
•Koenigsegg (Sweden)
•Laraki (Morocco)
•Leblanc (Switzerland)
•Leopard (Poland)
•Lightning Car Company (UK)
•Lister Cars (UK)
•Lobini (Brazil)
•Lola Cars (UK)
•Marcos (UK, Defunct)
•Marussia Motors (Russia)
•Mastretta (Mexico)
•Melling Wildcat (UK)
•Morgan (UK)
•Mosler Automotive (USA)
•Noble (UK)
•Orca Engineering (Switzerland)
•Pagani (Italy)
•Panoz (USA)
•PGO (France)
•Quantum Sports Cars (UK)
•Qvale (Italy)
•Radical Sportscars (UK)
•Rochdale (UK, Defunct)
•Rossion (USA)
•Sebring (sports car) (UK)
•Shelby SuperCars (USA)
•Superformance (USA)
•TMC (Ireland)
•Tramontana (Spain)
•TVR (UK)
•Ultima Sports (UK)
•Vector Motors (USA)
•Westfield Sportscars (UK)
•Wiesmann (Germany)
•Yes! (Germany)
•Zenvo (Denmark)

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Airplanes

Deutsch: Paris: Eiffelturm und Marsfeld

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For Nicolae Buzaianu flying is a most wonderful event and doing it in style is what it is all about.  I personally enjoy sitting backing and soaring in the great skies. I say we hit Miami and then we soar into Europe, the south of France, Paris, Belgium and who knows maybe we hit up Africa and its golden adventures.

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World’s Single Most Expensive Suit

R. Jewels Diamond Edition
This is the suit Nicolae Buzaianu should be sporting in Monte Carlo. Luxury designer Stuart Hughes is at it again, this time in collaboration with Manchester tailor Richard Jewels. Rather than the gold-plated and diamond-encrusted gadgets Hughes is known for designing, this duo has created the most expensive suit in the world.

The R. Jewels Diamond Edition suit has 480 single cut diamonds, 0.5 carats each, studding the Cashmere wool and silk blend that makes up the rest of the suit. It is the flagship creation of the R. Jewels line of luxury suits that Mr. Jewels hopes will “not only capture the eyes but the hearts of the consumers.” The suit is the product of 600 man hours and only three will be made. It’s priced at £599,000 or just under US $900,000.

Alexander Amosu’s gold-threaded suit.
Alexander Amosu, whose London-based design house is also known for gem-studded phones and accessories, performed a similar feat in 2009. The fabric of his single-breasted suit is made from vicuña wool, the most expensive wool in the world due to its scarcity and stringent regulations on wool-gathering, as well as qiviut, wool made from the coats of muskoxen. It’s also threaded with 18-karat gold and its single button features pave set diamonds.

This fantastic suit took a total of 80 hours to make and was sold to an anonymous buyer for a price of £70,000—over US $100,000.

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Nicolae Buzaianu favorite watch ROLEX!

English: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller DE...

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Rolex SA is a Swiss watchmaking manufacturer of high-quality, luxury wristwatches. Rolex watches are popularly regarded as status symbols and BusinessWeek magazine ranks Rolex No.71 on its 2007 annual list of the 100 most valuable global brands.  Rolex is also the largest single luxury watch brand, producing about 2,000 watches per day, with estimated revenues of around US$3 billion (£1.75) (3.02 CHF billion) (2003 figures).

Rolex a true beauty of a time piece.
 
In 1905 Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis founded « Wilsdorf and Davis » in London. Their main business at the time was importing Hermann Aegler’s Swiss movements to England and placing them in quality watch cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from Wilsdorf and Davis were usually hallmarked « W&D » inside the caseback.
 

In 1908 Wilsdorf registered the trademark « Rolex » and opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The company name « Rolex » was registered on 15 November 1915. The book The Best of Time: Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History by Jeffrey P. Hess and James Dowling says that the name was just made up. One story, never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the name came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning « exquisite clockwork » or as a contraction of « horological excellence ». Wilsdorf was said to want his watch brand’s name to be easily pronounceable in any language. He also thought that the name « Rolex » was onomatopoeic, sounding like a watch being wound. It is easily pronounceable in many languages and, as all letters have the same size, allows to be written symmetrically. It was also short enough to fit on the face of a watch.

In 1914 Kew Observatory awarded a Rolex watch a Class A precision certificate, a distinction which was normally awarded exclusively to marine chronometers.

In 1919 Wilsdorf left England due to wartime taxes levied on luxury imports as well as export duties on the silver and gold used for the watch cases driving costs too high and moved the company to Geneva, Switzerland where it was established as the Rolex Watch Company. Its name was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA. Upon the death of his wife in 1944, Wilsdorf established the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation in which he left all of his Rolex shares, making sure that some of the company’s income would go to charity. The company is still owned by a private trust and shares are not traded on any stock exchange.

In December 2008 the abrupt departure of Chief Executive Patrick Heiniger, for “personal reasons”, was followed by a denial by the company that it had lost 1 billion Swiss francs (approx £574 million, $900 million) invested with Bernard Madoff, the American asset manager who pleaded guilty to an approximately £30 billion worldwide Ponzi scheme fraud.
 

 

 

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Docle & Gabbana & Buzaianu – a man can dream

Deutsch: Logo

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Docle & Gabbana recently celebrated 20 years of design, the original brand was founded by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, and is more formal and ‘timeless’ than it’s younger, more flamboyant little brother D&G – a slightly more casual line that follows an urban inspiration and attempts to set trends rather than follow them. The design house describes itself as “new luxury, authentic and unconventional – a style that expresses new forms of elegance, presenting itself as a modern classicism” and is known for its geometric and dark approach to fashion.

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Nicolae Buzaianu Totally Digs Ralph

I had the good fortune of being at a dinner once in Geneva and to my surprise Ralph Lauren was sitting at the table next to me. At first I was hesitant to speak with him but sure enough I introduced myself “Mr. Lauren, I am Nicolae Buzaianu and a pleasure to meet you.” I thanked him for all of his beautiful designs and I went back to my table. I sent him over a bottle of champagne; I do not want to admit to which one it would only be garish of me.
  
A luxury lifestyle brand like no other, Polo Ralph Lauren tops the men’s fashion brand charts (especially in the USA) in male wear. Ralph Rueben Lifshitz (aka Ralph Lauren) did not attend fashion school, but worked for Brooks Brothers as a salesman in the early sixties. In 1967, with the financial backing of a friend, Lauren opened a necktie store where he also sold ties of his own design, under the label “Polo.” In 1970, Ralph Lauren won the COTY Award for his menswear line. Around that same time he released a line of women’s suit that were tailored in a classic men’s style, which was when the first Polo emblem was seen. It was on the cuff of the women’s suit. Ralph Lauren, released Polo’s famous short sleeve mesh shirt with the Polo logo in 1972. It came out in 24 colors and soon became a classic. He also gained recognition for his design after he was contracted to provide clothing styles for the movie The Great Gatsby. The rest is history.

Today, Ralph Lauren is a US-based sought-out brand preferred by many men for its quality, design and chic, high-end fashion.  In 2009, Ralph Lauren reportedly had a market value of $11 billion. www.ralphlauren.com.

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Fiji

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Nicolae Buzaianu tells you about Fiji. The currency used in Fiji is the Fiji dollar. Notes come in denominations of F$1, F$2, F$5, F$10, F$20 and F$50. Coins are in amounts of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and one dollar. Despite Fiji’s withdrawal from the Commonwealth, QE II’s countenance shines brightly from Fijian currency. Traditions die hard.

Always carry plenty of small change, especially small bills (which are called ‘notes’ here). Why? It never ceases to amaze me how often taxis seem to be short of the proper change and expect you to make up the difference. The same scenario might occur when bargaining for an item at a craft market.

You will find that travelers’ checks are readily cashed in any Fiji bank and in most hotels and duty-free shops.

What Type of Currency Should I Bring With Me? When traveling to Fiji it’s best to bring a minimal amount of cash. There is no point in bringing massive amounts of cash with you and I’ve found travelers checks to be the best way to go. One can always cash them at a bank or at a hotel and if they are lost or stolen you can always get your money back. Naturally you will want to take your credit card with you for hotel stays or big ticket items. Many restaurants, merchants and virtually all larger hotels will honor credit cards. It’s not necessary to get Fijian currency prior to travel. One can exchange money at Nadi International Airport as soon as you land.

The World’s Most Expensive Island
A Fijian paradise just hit the market for a record-setting $75 million.  You can buy a gated estate, hire a 24-hour armed guard and install a state-of-the-art surveillance system. But if absolute privacy is what you are after, your best bet is a private island.

That’s because expanses of water can guarantee what even the toughest barricade can’t: that nosy neighbors, gawking passers-by and pesky photographers will be kept at bay. Celebrities and industry leaders have long looked to islands for privacy. Both Mick Jagger and Britain’s late Princess Margaret have kept estates on Mustique, Richard Branson owns Necker Island in the British West Indies, Mel Gibson has a retreat in Fiji and Marlon Brando famously sought refuge on the French Polynesia atoll of Tetiaroa.

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