The Cullinan, The Mulliner, and The Mansion

28 May

Ray: Please excuse my language in the title. This type of talk is usually reserved for those who have enough money to buy a small country. Because most of us will never have that kind of guap (pronounced ‘gwap’. Slang term for money), I decided to introduce you to the Billionaire’s lifestyle via Seth and Ray’s blog.

Caution: This is highly materialistic and superficial but, so what…

1. The Cullinan

The Cullinan Diamond is the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found, at 3,106.75 carats (621.35 g). It was found by Frederick Wells, surface manager of the Premier Diamond Mining Company in Cullinan, Gauteng, South Africa, on January 25, 1905 {Seth believes that the diamond was more likely found by some poor African cave miner who will never receive credit for the find. I agree}. The stone was named after Sir Thomas Cullinan, the owner of the diamond mine.

As you can see in the picture, the diamond was cut into several pieces. Some of these pieces now belong to some of the most famous jewelry collections of all time. The largest polished gem from the stone is named Cullinan I or the Great Star of Africa, and at 530.2 carats (106.04 g). There is a ton of history behind this and many other diamonds that I think are definitely worth investigating. For now, we’ll just pick up the Cullinan for about $30 Million and move on to our next purchase…

2. The Mulliner

It all started when the Mulliner family was commissioned to build carriages for the Royal Mail in 1760. By the late 19th Century they were hand-crafting the coachwork for the new “horseless carriage”. And today, a hundred years later, the Mulliner name still resonates with the bespoke luxury of the world’s finest carriages and cars.

Mulliner craftsmanship is associated with the Bentley brand of automobiles. Mulliner craftsmanship is all about providing the personal detail to your Bentley so that it screams perfection in your eyes. For now, we’ll roll off in a 6.0 Liter, V12, 48V Turbo, 2008 Bentley Continental GT Mulliner for $200,000. Chump change.

3. The Mansion

The mansion has been the largest status symbol for the wealthy elite since the beginning of time. The Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, Buckingham Palace, all status symbols. Usually, if you’re wealthy enough to buy a mansion, then there’s probably a good chance that you have other homes in different parts of the world. But I’m from California and as an uber-wealthy Billionaire, I have my eyes set on the world famous Hearst Castle.

Somewhere in San Simeon, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean is mansion of the most preposterous size. This mansion was referred to as “Xanadu” in the Orson Wells classic, Citizen Kane. Hearst Castle is affectionately named after William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) was one of the biggest American media moguls of all time during his day.

Built on 40,000 acres of land, the mansion itself exceeds 90,000 square feet. If you pay the $20-30 dollars to tour a section of the estate, you’ll soon find out that Hearst castle served as a meeting place for Presidents, movie stars, scientists, and other elite members of society during the early 1900s. The Neptune swimming pool is actually made up of structures imported from ancient Greece, the movie theater served as the premier room for Disney’s Snow White, and the home is littered with so many other rare and ancient historical artifacts that it’s value cannot be determined.

However, that won’t stop us. Maybe they’ll except an offer of $1.5 Billion. Only one way to find out…

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One Response to “The Cullinan, The Mulliner, and The Mansion”

  1. lex June 1, 2008 at 6:28 am #

    damn, the fabolous life…

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