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In a world plagued by consumerism and materialism, our love of hefty price tags comes as no surprise. I mean let’s face it, the GFC was essentially the upshot of people- primarily pillocks- spending money they simply didn’t have.

The term ballin’ derives from the ridiculous amounts of money bequeathed to NBA (National Basketball Association) players as salaries, and which in turn sparked a nationwide obsession with an ostentatious and lavish lifestyle. This lifestyle was quick to be adopted by gun-toting rappers and the hip hop culture at large as they too were netting big pay packages, although not quite in the same bracket as the pro basketball players. Howbeit, some hip hop luminaries nowadays like Jay-Z and P.Diddy have exceeded their athletic counterparts.

Ballin’ thrives on narcissism- perhaps even chauvinism- and the continual struggle to beautify oneself for the public eye, pushed forward by certain media outlets condoning all things lush and plush. In essence though, it is all about flaunting. Flaunting cars, flaunting dresses, flaunting houses, flaunting chains. Prima facie, the key to the city, although simply put- bragging rights. The only hindrance to such overt behaviour and display is the prerequisite of a ton of cash. This is when being a hip hop mogul, producer or musician, an athlete, an actor, an heir/heiress, a CEO, a drug or war lord, a partner in a law firm, a cyber millionaire or a merchant banker can really be beneficial to your cause. Ballin’ used to saturate its foundation, the hip hop culture, but now it appears to have become interchangeable with pop culture. Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Rihanna are just some of the pop divas to embrace this excessive lifestyle.

So in keeping with this trend- and by disentangling the somewhat broad meaning of ballin’- we get down to the core: money.

And as long as it exists, we may as well celebrate its absurdity. And this is exactly what this site will do. It is a wealth of wealth. Anything concerning monolithic amounts of money you will find here. Modern accessories for the dapper gentleman, yachts more akin to avant-garde cities than vessels of the sea, cognac worth more than your car; you get the picture: Extravagance. Enjoy; and dream. Yours Sincerely,

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin

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The Ducati Diavel Carbon embodies the true nature of the Diavel concept, where performance combines with style to celebrate Italian engineering at its best. Lightweight composites and milled aluminium components meld the two worlds of sport and style with features that are both visually beautiful and functionally high-performance.

The Diavel Carbon incorporates the very latest in innovative Ducati technologies, including the recently introduced electronic Riding Modes. Selectable from the left-hand switchgear – even while riding – the choice of three pre-set modes (Urban/Touring/Sport) are programmed to instantly change the character of the Diavel.

Price: €14 400

Carbon motorbike

The new Lamborghini Murcielago was recently unveiled in the US under the name Lamborghini Aventador. The LP700-4 Aventador is powered by a 6.5-liter V12 engine that produces 700 PS (690 bhp / 515 kW) and 690 Nm (509 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a Graziano ISR 7-speed automatic (single clutch with dual sychronizers) transmission and a Haldex all-wheel drive system that enables the supercar to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and hit a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph). It has a full carbon fiber monocoque or passenger cell that weighs just 147.5 kilograms, while the whole body tips the scales at 229.5 kilograms (505 lbs).

Price: €260 420

Supercar

Luzzo Bespoke presents the Bugatti Executive Desk. Inspired by the Bugatti Grand Prix racing cars of the late 20s and early 30s, details of the cars have been transferred to the design of this office head-turner.

The drive gears for the height adjustment are a scaled-up version of the Winfield carburetor synchronization quadrants from a Type 57, and the drawer fronts reflect the honeycombed grill.

The construction of the Bugatti Grand Prix car inspired desk is influenced by the methods used by Bugatti in that time. Where there would have been cast aluminum parts, they have machined them from billet with the rest of the construction made up of aluminum frames clad in riveted aluminum sheet. The level of detail incorporated into the desk is an upshot of over 3000 hours of CAD, machining, polishing, sheet metal work and lacquering.

An Apple Mac computer, which is deployed via a motorized mechanism and disappears into the desk at the touch of a button is included in the stylish desk, while the drawers are lockable and self-closing. The desk has then been finished in French racing blue lacquer with a tan leather writing area, which is very reminiscent of the Bugatti’s of that era.

The Bugatti Type 35 inspired desk is priced at $243 425  (€170 000)

Bugatti

Lather yourself in some decadence; slide into Baldi‘s new crystal bathtub with a flute of Champagne. The bathtub has been crafted out of a single block of the purest white rock crystal, quarried in the Amazon region.

Discovered by Paolo Baldi, the ten-ton block of crystal was transported to Italy intact and was then sculpted with diamond cuts. The Crystal Bathtub measures 2m in length and 55cm in height.

Price: $790 000 ( €530 000)

Baldi

Alexander Amosu, renowned luxury phone customizer, presents the Black Diamond Blackberry, created using 18 karat black gold and approximately 1400 diamonds.

Price: $26 000 (€18 350)

Blackberry

The world’s wealthiest individuals can now shop and swipe in style with the release of the JP Morgan Palladium credit card. The card is made of palladium, a rare silvery metal that resembles platinum, and 23 karats of gold. The typical JP Morgan Palladium card-holder will have an estimated 30 million dollars in savings and can only become a cardholder if he or she belongs to a private bank.

The annual fee to use this new credit card is just short of $600 (about €425), a price that seems rather small considering the credit card bears no limit.

Price: $1 000

Credit card

Last year at the Paris Motor Show, Lamborghini presented their Sesto Elemento, a stunning carbon based exotic supercar.

Priced at $2.92 million, the amazing car will enter dealerships in the 2011 third quarter and will be limited to 20 models.

The chassis, body, driveshaft and suspension components are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), a material that the Italian firm has been refining with other companies, including Boeing. In addition to the cutting-edge design the tailpipes are made from Pyrosic, a glass and ceramic composite that can withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees celsius.

Lamborghini

In Chengdu, Sichuan province in China, a shop is selling a rare fish, the Red Dragon Flour Fish.

Price: 360 000 Yuan (about $55 000), and an additional 300 Yuan per month for care of the fish.

Fish

Harry Allen created this opulent piggy bank for crystal company Steuben.

The Crystal Piggy Bank uses a pig’s snout in lieu of the traditional coin slot. When you cap it, the stopper doubles as the nostrils.

He’s just hungry for your money”  (Harry Allen)

And he certainly is.  Price: $1 900 (€1 325)

Piggy bankSmothering more than 10 000 sq-ft of the finest waterfront land on Newport Beach, California, the property overlooks the widest expanse of the bay.

The residence includes a magnificent two story entry gallery and features the most outstanding private dock facilities on the bay.  A single yacht of up to 156 feet in length can be accommodated in addition to multiple secondary boats and watercraft.

Price: $28.5 million

Mansion

If you’ve forever been pestered by not knowing who the man in the moon is, then soon you will have the chance to strip the veil of anonymity from him. Recently, a company called Space Adventures announced that it would be mapping out space tourist trips around the moon. The flight would last about a week and would take passengers around the dark side of the moon and come within 65 miles of the lunar surface. The project set to take off in 3 – 5 years will cost about $150 million per trip. I think that’s pretty reasonable.

The Ecosse Titanium Series FE Ti XX super bike is the final bike in the Ecosse Moto Works’ Heretic series, which will become the newest most expensive motorcycle in the world, costing a cool $300,000.

super bike

With a body made out of carbon fiber and aluminum, the 910 horse power Koenigsegg Agera can accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 3.1 seconds. One advantage this sexy car has over its competitors is cabin and luggage space. Sure, it’s not the first thing you look for when you’re in the market for a supercar, but at $1.5 million, you’re going to take any perk you can get.

super car

The glamorous Cannes Film Festival is about to kick off again in the South of France, beginning May 11 until May 22. The Yacht Company (YCO) will be specifically chartering their 60m yacht, the Oasis, at the event, and you’re invited on board for between $480, 000 and $510, 000 for the week. The yacht has an outdoor cinema too, if you’re wondering.

A sturdy Scandinavian design coupled with a name descendant of a  Norse god, this slice of mobile phone modernity and luxury has been described by the CEO of the company as, ‘an anti-smartphone’. The Æ+Y phone from Aesir costs $61, 000.

Now the price tag might see exorbitant, but the hours behind this masterpiece give an idea of the intricacy involved. All the diamonds used in this watch come from the bellows of a far east Russian mine in Yakutsk. More than 270 carats of rough diamonds were chosen from a batch of 1500 carats, and from these the stones to be used were selected. For about a month, 45 gemcutters pored over the stones to create 637 baguette diamonds, totaling just over 141 carats. What began as a light-hearted confidential challenge between Hublot‘s CEO and the gemstone setters turned into a tour de force of patience and perfection. The result, the perfect fusion between jewelery and watchmaking. Price: €2 million

The Peninsula New York is all luxury located on the corner of the illustrious Fifth Avenue and 55th Street. The Hotel was bought in 1988 by the Peninsula group for $127 million. The Peninsula New York has received the AAA Five-Diamond Award for thirteen consecutive years and in 2007 it was named one of the greatest Hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine.  In 1979, the Swiss hotel owner Rene Hatt took over the hotel and started a long renovation process which lasted until 1987 and cost $200 million. In 1988 the hotel was bought by its current owners, The Peninsula Hotels, and they spent $45 million on a second renovation. The Peninsula Suite will set you back $16, 000 a night. Pictured below is the Peninsula suite in HK.

Peninsula hotel

Why not hire out your own private jet for a trip away? Magellan Jets offer private charters- on 24hrs notice if you’re a member. Becoming a member is $250, 000; a small fee to watch the world from a birds-eye view sipping on a martini, n’est-ce que pas?

aviation

The Armani Hotel Dubai is situated within the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, overlooking the Arabian Gulf in the UAE. Prescribing to a style of minimalist elegance, the hotel exudes sophistication and meticulous attention to detail. The Armani Dubai Suite is one of its kind with 390 square metres of space and elegance, personally designed by the man himself, Giorgio Armani.  The room prices are about as sky-high as the building itself. The Armani Studios i.e. the standard room will set you back a burly$1,089 a night; the Classic rooms $1,634; the Armani Premiere rooms $1,769; the Armani Suites $2,178; the Armani Executive rooms $2,450; the 6 Armani Ambassador rooms $2,722; and the 5 Armani Signature rooms $4,084.

Burj Khalifa

watch

Piaget watches culminate a long history of design and technical mastery, and should be a resident fixture on any dapper gentleman’s wrist. They do, however, cost similar to a small apartment. The ones pictured, approximately $250k. Their technical savoir-faire has recently reached a new level with the introduction of a series of watches that measure 2.35mm thick, but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy perhaps a diamond-encrusted one does.

watch

the cantiliver

A touch of engineering ingenuity, the cantilever, projects the entire wing of a house into Lithuanian night skies with no visible signs of support. Yes, please.

Bentley

The new Bentley GT Continental has a top speed of 318 km/h and will gear change in a swift 200 milliseconds. The interior boasts meticulously stitched, rich leather seats and deep polished wood accents, and has a sound-system that offers 8 speakers/8 channels and delivers an almost concert-hall like experience. The 2011 Bentley GT Continental will empty your pockets of at least $200k.

Bentley

yacht

The staggering 155m Streets of Monaco yacht is expected to cost over $1.1 billion to build and is modelled on a section of the principality, Monte Carlo. On the flip-side, it doesn’t have a pool… It has a beach. Anyway, while we’re on the subject of Monte Carlo, we may as well throw in a picture for good measure. I mean it is, after all, a ballers stomping ground.

Monte Carlo

Unveiled at the Monaco Boat Show in 2010, the Beluga yacht won the title of ‘The Best New Super Yacht Concept’. Howbeit, the ship is no longer just a concept – its designers are in talks with a major Dutch manufacturer to produce the vessel for around $200 million. The spacious yacht features two living levels connected by a glass staircase and mezzanine. The sunroof opens like the mouth of a whale and measures 100 square metres. The owner’s suite is located on the roof in an oval glass room, while the belly of the Beluga holds five luxury suites with extendable balconies and ensuite spas. The front of the yacht will include a beach club with a 14m long swimming pool, cocktail bar and a lounge area spanning two levels. Also on board will be a gym, theatre, bar, library and greenhouse. It can accommodate 30 staff in separate facilities, including their own living area and kitchen. Aesthetically I think it could be improved, but on board I think you could have a whale of a time.