DALLAS - 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.
That’s one of the lavish items included in the annual Christmas Book by Neiman Marcus, released Tuesday. It’s the 88th edition of the publication from the Dallas-based luxury retailer.
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.
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. Each sells for $50,000.
Other luxe items include:
-- 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.
The book’s more pedestrian fare includes a hand-enameled tiger’s head on marble pedestal for $6,500.
A portion of the proceeds from each fantasy gift sale goes to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which supports youth arts education.