Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition

Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses

 

The gold Medusa is back!  To pay homage to a style which helped define an era, Versace pulls from their iconic archives and brings back the famed 4265 sunglasses for a limited edition run.

The most coveted Versace sunglasses are not subtle, but rather evoke an era, style, and culture of filthy rich SUCCESS in EXCESS.

Available in all black or classic havana with the gold Medusa medallion, each sunglass is handcrafted in Italy.

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Versace 4265 Iconic Archive Edition Sunglasses - Black

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La Boheme

Today I get to leave the gallery early.

Why, you ask? What great excuse could a Posterette possibly give to shirk her poster duties?

Well, it’s the beginning of my opera season, and what better opera to begin such a season than Puccini’s La Boheme.

"La Boheme" by Adolfo Hohenstein, 1895. $1,400

“La Boheme” by Adolfo Hohenstein, 1895. $1,400

Yes, we have the poster for the very first production. Yes, it’s awesome and tragic and beautiful and everything the opera could be. And yes, it’s available for purchase in our Second Chance Auction (Lot 316).

SUPER Sunglasses FW 2014 | Casa Nostra

Super Sunglasses FW-2014

“Casa Nostra” (Our House).

After a few seasons of wide ventured experimenting, Italian based SUPER brings everything back home with a concise, tight offering of new styles.

The collection is highlighted by the sharp, and effortlessly dressy Impero (Empire) series, new classic fall colors (Acqua Santa), as well as direct homages to their Italian heritage (Ex-voto, Napoli).

Without further delay…

The collection:

Super Impero Sunglasses

Extremely versatile and our favorite of the collection.

The Impero (Italian for Empire) features simple and elegant elements.  A sleek, shiny black acetate frame that has its lenses lined with gold. The sunglass is then finished off with dark black Zeiss lenses.  Offered in the classic wayfarer shape as well as the more modern Flat Top.

 

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Super Sagoma sunglasses

A timeless tortoiseshell with crystal surrounding each lens, and finished with “Bottle Green” Zeiss lenses.  Offered in the unisex “People” and “Paloma” shapes, this color is interestingly both avant-garde and classic.

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Super Goffrato sunglasses

A new textural twist on classic black sunglasses. The Goffrato series borrows its name from a technique used to impress a pattern into a material at extremely high temperatures. The shiny black acetate frame is embossed with a snake-skin pattern, subtle gold adornments on the front, and finished with black Zeiss lenses. It is both durable and lightweight.

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Super Napoli Napoli sunglasses

The Napoli-Napoli was forged to reincarnate the famous Italian icon: ‘corne napoletane’.  The proprietary symbol, used to drive away bad luck, is rendered in its traditional red color. It is complemented by snake leather on the arms, gold trim, and shiny black acetate.

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Super Aqua Santa sunglasses

Acqua Santa is a unique new acetate featuring a combination of earthly tones fused together in a rich contemporary texture – part marble-like, part natural havana. So as the frame catches the light it will showcase different hues. The sunglass is finished with premium “Tobacco Brown” Zeiss lenses.

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A new slick pearlized gray/black finish offered here in Supers Flat Top shape (shown below), as well as the America shape.

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Drew Mama Amante is an old-school throw back. It pairs rich brown havana acetate, interlaced with ivory mother of pearl and gold metal detailing on the temples. It is then finished off with “Tobacco Brown” Zeiss lenses.

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Super Basic Ex-Voto sunglasses

The Ex-Voto (out of a vow) features an intricate gold crest inspired by Italian architecture on the arms, adding a rich offering to the simple and classic black acetate frame. The frame is finished with premium “Tobacco Brown” Zeiss lenses.

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The dark bordeaux tone is used not only on the shiny acetate, but also on the finishing of the metal arms and bridge. This opulent color is paired with Zeiss black lenses providing superb optics.

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Second Chance Auction

Normally, after an auction here at Rennert’s we may sell a few things here and there, but the majority of the unsold lots get shipped back to their respective consignors.

This time, however, we thought we’d try something a little different: an extended week-long internet-only auction. Think Ebay but with cooler stuff.

And it’s not just crap no one wanted that’s available. There are some serious, serious gems that failed to find a home:

"Safir" by Burkhard Mangold, 1907. Starting bid: $9,000

“Safir” by Burkhard Mangold, 1907. Starting bid: $9,000

In addition to being one of the more important Swiss automotive posters, this is also just an incredible design. It’s like your weirdest dream decided to create a car ad in which some placid smoke giant hangs out in the back of my wagon while I barrel naked down an unlit highway at 2 am. I’m not saying this has happened in the real world, but at least now I can justify my inebriated behavior by blaming it on a poster.

"The Selfish Woman" by Anonymous, 1916. Starting bid: $1,200

“The Selfish Woman” by Anonymous, 1916. Starting bid: $1,200

Unusual silent film posters tend to be a good bet for getting a lot of poster for relatively little money – and this beast will definitely fill a wall. Now, I know nothing about this movie. Nothing. But the sheer fact that it shows some cutesy blonde feeding the fish/ignoring a bird over the title “The Selfish Woman” sort of tickles me. Because not sharing your crumbs with our avian friends makes you a selfish b*tch.

"Grand Cidre / Le Ruba Bleu" by Anonymous, 1935. Starting bid: $1,200

“Grand Cidre / Le Ruba Bleu” by Anonymous, 1935. Starting bid: $1,200

It’s cider season! Celebrate!

"Zum Tobisch" by Bayer-Pollock, ca. 1922. Starting bid: $1,000

“Zum Tobisch” by Bayer-Pollock, ca. 1922. Starting bid: $1,000

I’ve written about this poster before, and my feelings haven’t changed. This is the vintage incarnation of the best bar party ever.

"Kolibri Bar" by Aurel Bernath, ca. 1921. Starting bid: $1,200

“Kolibri Bar” by Aurel Bernath, ca. 1921. Starting bid: $1,200

Speaking of bar parties, who doesn’t want their evening to end with some hot chick dressed as a clown pouring champagne all over your head? I mean, this is New York City, home of the most bizarre fetishes per capita than any other US town – why not let people know you’re into cosplay, foodplay, submission, and feet?

"Hotel Stadt Wien" by Ernst Bohm, 1934. Starting bid: $1,400

“Hotel Stadt Wien” by Ernst Bohm, 1934. Starting bid: $1,400

The fact that this didn’t sell sort of makes me want to forever doubt the world’s taste in art. This poster is gorgeous, and would make anyone’s shitty apartment suddenly look like a gourmet dream palace. That, and you get to feel like you have a personal maid on call bringing you ice cream 24/7.

"Marie Brizard & Roger" by Leonetto Cappiello, 1912. Starting bid: $2,000

“Marie Brizard & Roger” by Leonetto Cappiello, 1912. Starting bid: $2,000

This is a fairly decent Cappiello, and every time you look at it at 4am – after you’ve been crying from loneliness and despair – you can pretend you have all these friends happily bringing you some feel good cocktails.

"Cafes Prima" by Ernst Dryden, 1928. Starting bid: $2,000

“Cafes Prima” by Ernst Dryden, 1928. Starting bid: $2,000

This poster is a little off-type for me, but I’m crazy about the textures involved. You’ve got some very German rendering of the figure – which is understandable given that, although it’s for a French audience & product, the artist is clearly of the deutche extraction. Then you have this burnt orange sun just dominating the background – and that’s where the texture comes in. It’s like those 1970s knit couches – that sort of nubby woven fabric. Oh, and I like coffee and you should, too.

So, you see, not everything up for grabs right now is the dregs of art history. In fact, most of it is pretty awesome.

Tune in tomorrow and I’ll showcase a few more of my favorites in our second-chance sale!

Auction Roundup with Jack Rennert

Every auction I walk around the gallery with Jack Rennert to discuss his favorite items in the upcoming sale. Below you’ll find some highlights as well as interesting insights from the man responsible for starting the Poster Craze in America.

Posterette: To cut straight to the point, what do you think are some of the stars of the September 21 auction?

Jack Rennert: Well, one always focuses of course on Toulouse-Lautrec and Mucha and Cassandre – and they’re the stars of any show we do; but, I’m looking right now, for instance, at Savignac. His early works are really very hard to find, and when he went to the United States he was commissioned to do some posters for LIFE magazine. The posters themselves are entirely unavailable – they’re quite rare. And what we have here are even rarer than that: we’ve got the maquettes, the original drawings for the series. So we have some of the rarest works of one of the top 20th century French posterists.

Featuring Cappiello's "Kub," Loupot's "Valentine," and a selection of Savignac maquettes

Featuring Cappiello’s “Kub,” Loupot’s “Valentine,” and a selection of Savignac maquettes

P: One of the most impressive pieces in my mind is Cappiello’s Kub, which is currently hanging in a place of prominence in the gallery. Can you tell me more about its importance in the artist’s oeuvre?

JR: Whenever I give a talk on Cappiello, people always ask “well, of the hundreds of posters he did, which one is your favorite?” That’s a little difficult. That’s like asking which is your favorite child. Nonetheless, if pressed, I will always say it’s the Bouillon Kub. To me, it’s just a terribly compelling, forceful graphic image, and in the simplest and most colorful of terms. It really projects the product. I think it’s just brilliant. And for us to even have it – and in such good condition – is very exciting.

"Dentol" by Aleardo Terzi, 1914. Est: $12,000-$15,000

“Dentol” by Aleardo Terzi, 1914. Est: $12,000-$15,000

P: One of the other images that caught my eye was Terzi’s design for Dentol.

JR: Some posters are just about graphic appeal, and some are about utter charm. What can you say about this monkey who, while dangling from a tree branch with one hand, brushes his teeth with the other? It’s obviously attention grabbing, but I think it’s mainly appealing. And its one of the rarest and best Italian posters – so rare that this is the first time we’ve ever had it!

"To London by Sleeper" by Alexander Alexeieff, 1932. Est: $30,000-$40,000

“To London by Sleeper” by Alexander Alexeieff, 1932. Est: $30,000-$40,000

P: Known more commonly as The Night Scotsman, we also have the super-rare image by Alexeieff.

JR: Well, of course, with Alexeieff, he’s trying to show you that it’s a night train – a sleeper – so it’s very fitting that the train is not on rails, but rather in the sky. And this is the same image that was used for the other textual variant of the poster known as the Night Scotsman. That image advertised the route between London and Edinburgh, while here it is coming back from Scotland to London by was of the sleeper. It is one of the great posters of English Art Deco, and we’re exceedingly pleased to have it.

Featuring Alphonse Mucha's 1896 Seasons on silk

Featuring Alphonse Mucha’s 1896 Seasons on silk

P: I was excited when I heard that we were getting a completely unseen variant of a famous work by Mucha.

JR: When we talk about Mucha, we talk about his posters and his panels decoratifs – his decorative panels. Of all the decorative panels, there’s no question that the best, the most sought after, is the Four Seasons he did in 1896. It is the first of his seasons groupings. And we have never, ever seen or heard of it being printed on silk. When I did my catalogue raisonné on Mucha I was totally unaware of it. It’s only very recently that a copy – this copy – has come to the world’s attention. And [being on silk] really adds a certain luminosity to the lithograph – it’s just beautiful to see. The colors are sharp and rich. Sometimes silk mutes a color, but in this case it doesn’t. For instance, the hues in the Autumn panel – the auburn hair is just so very strong. So, I’m very pleased to have this set in the auction.

P: I noticed that in the addendum we have Mucha’s Gismonda as well. Isn’t that one of his most important works?

JR: In terms of importance – importance to his career – Gismonda has to be at the top of the list. This was his first real poster in France. This established his relationship with Sarah Bernhardt, which was so vital. He would go on to design not only all of her posters, but her sets, her decor, jewelry, costumes – and this was the poster that launched that career, while also doing a lot of Bernhardt. Of course, what it did for him was more important. He had to quickly design it – he maybe had two days – and it’s just magnificent.

P: As I’ve mentioned in the blog before, there’s also a relatively huge section dedicated to Fenneker in this sale. Were you excited to get such a large grouping from such a rare artist?

JR: Well, I mean, with Fenneker you get a kind of German Expressionism, sort of the dark world of theater. And the world of theater and film is what he’s all about. Very few copies were done for this small cinema – the Marmorhaus – so they’re incredibly rare. And for us to have a collection of a dozen of his best works is quite remarkable.

"Circuit de Milan" by Aldo Mazza, 1922. Est: $45,000-$50,000

P: Moving to the front of the gallery, I see a ton of automobile posters – as well as a huge classic car. If someone was only to consider one image from this section, which would you recommend?

JR: We have about 50 automobile posters that launch this auction. No question about it, the rarest, the most powerful, the most compelling graphically is Mazza’s design for the Milan race. It’s a large format poster. The colors are very, very sharp, and he really gets across the idea of speed. And nothing tells you speed like wheels coming at you. So, it’s a powerful poster, and it’s on the cover of our catalog for good reason. We also have some Monaco Grand Prix posters – the best by Falcucci and Geo Ham – as well as the Voisin poster by Charles Loupot, and some others by McKnight Kauffer. So, I think it’s a strong section on automobile posters, and there seems to be a subset of collectors who collect not only automobile posters, but specifically racing posters – and for them this is a really excellent section.

Featuring Weiluc's Le Frou-Frou

Featuring Weiluc’s Le Frou-Frou

P: In terms of Art Nouveau, is there one poster that really stands out in this sale?

JR: Oh, that would be the Frou-Frou by Weiluc. It is one of the greatest of all the Belle Epoque posters. Not too many artists really followed Toulouse-Lautrec, but one of the few was Weiluc. And when I say ‘followed’ Lautrec, I’m referring to how he was a master of using the reserve – the sheer paper – as a design element. He didn’t have to fill in every square in with color. And by Weiluc leaving the petticoat here as just paper, he is adding a great deal of appeal to the image. I love the Frou-Frou. It’s for a magazine, and it was actually meant to have a further poster attached to it at the bottom which you almost never see. We have it here and, although it’s just text, it indicates all of the great artists in each issue – some of the top illustrators of the day were being featured. You’ve got Cappiello, Bac, Guillaume, Grun, Georges Meunier, Steinlen – all of these artist who are very well known to poster collectors are here.

Featuring a selection of works by Steinlen, including his Clinique Cheron

P: One of the most dominant images in the gallery is Steinlen’s Clinique Chéron. It’s fairly rare, correct?

JR: Steinlen’s Clinique Chéron has to be one of the great posters involving animals. Of course, almost every poster of Steinlen’s involves animals, largely cats. But here we have a whole menagerie in addition to a lovely young lady – Steinlen’s daughter who he featured in so many of his posters. The image is for a veterinarian. The idea that a vet would go through such expense to do a large, two-sheet poster for his Paris practice is difficult to understand. We certainly wouldn’t see something like this today. However, I’m glad he did it, as the poster is utterly charming and extremely rare.

"Marguerite Dufay" by Louis Anquetin, 1894. Est: $5,000-$6,000

P: Finally, give me a wildcard. If you could bring any of these posters home, which would it be?

JR: Oh, that would be the Marguerite Dufay. There’s just something utterly charming. I find myself looking at her. I really would love to go to her concert tonight – obviously, I’ve missed the date somehow. She just grabs me. The idea of this well-endowed lady and her trombone – it’s bizarre but I think it’s eye catching and very, very pleasing.

Tom Wolfe: Ultimate Dandy

I think it’s safe to say that anyone with two braincells over the age of 18 knows what Tom Wolfe looks like. If you don’t, well…..sorrynotsorry.

However, while gazing upon various photos of the literary giant this morning, I discovered that not only is he one of the greatest American writers of the latter 20th century, but he’s also a fan of vintage posters:

Yep, that's Tom Wolfe

Yep, that’s Tom Wolfe

Yep, that’s Mr. Wolfe being all stylish, emulating that PKZ poster I wrote about last week:

"PKZ" by Hug Laubi, 1925. Est: $4,000-$5,000

“PKZ” by Hug Laubi, 1925. Est: $4,000-$5,000

Apparently, he took one look at Laubi’s design and was all “Wow…I dress like that guy. He should be my in-house spirit animal and remind me how awesome I am every day.”

Also, additional stalking sleuthing led me to additional photos of the Wolfe household, proving that, as of last year, he still owns this poster:

Tom Wolfe's Office, oh yeaaaaah

Tom Wolfe’s Office, oh yeaaaaah

This has been a special poster breaking news report. We now return to your regularly scheduled programming.

The Most Glamorous Toilet Paper in the Land

If there’s one thing my mother has taught me, it’s that decorating one’s powder room is a difficult affair.

The art must be delicate, welcoming, and not at all controversial – which is why I suggest this poster:

"Morgan Envelope Company" by Anonymous, ca. 1885. Est: $1,000-$1,200

“Morgan Envelope Company” by Anonymous, ca. 1885. Est: $1,000-$1,200

Yes, it took me a bit of research, but that’s a poster advertising toilet paper. And never has the blessed bog roll looked so classy as it does right now.

For a bit of background, toilet paper wasn’t patented in the Modern world until 1883, at which time that giant, unwieldy contraption on the left became the standard dispenser of paper for your nether bits.

Personally, I think great strides have been made in toilet tissue science since the 19th century, the most important of which might be the general size of the sheet offered. I mean, seriously, there is nothing coming out of that woman that needs to be gift-wrapped with any sort of paper that wide. What’s more, if I’m to believe every sign in a public restroom warning me not to use anything but the tiny paper provided, there is no way Belle Epoque plumbing could handle any sort of wet wad that cumbersome. I pity the plumbers of yore.

I also don’t quite understand the bathroom set up happening in this image. Am I to believe that the extra large Springfield dispenser just hung outside the door like a prized work of art, and that those wishing to relieve themselves would have to load up on a purely speculative amount of paper before entering? That seems very un-Edwardian. I certainly can’t imagine Maggie Smith doing that in Downton Abbey.

Hopefully I’ve convinced you that this is the ideal accessory for your bathroom – both a lovely bit of American lithography and design, as well as a thought-provoking glimpse into the history of poop.

Bulls & Bears

There are certain posters that instantly evoke the sort of home in which they belong.

"Kub" by Leonetto Cappiello, 1931. Est: $25,000-$30,000

Looking at this poster all I picture is the most modern of apartments, complete with a Mies van der Rohe chair and a chrome coffee table. There may even be some black marble involved and an in-wall fireplace.

Yes, we’re talking about a place where Jordan Belfort could seduce his next mistress or Patrick Bateman could merrily chop up his next beautiful victim.

In essence, this is the ultimate finance douche bag poster – a giant ‘screw you, I’m powerful’ to everyone who enters your home. It also doesn’t hurt that there are a whole lot of sexual overtones in having something ‘strong like bull’ over your couch.

Now that we’ve got the attention of everyone who wants their art to ‘say something,’ let me also impart to you why this image is historically important. I make the argument in our auction catalog that this is the moment that advertising became Modern. It is a complete departure, especially for Cappiello, from his Art Nouveau & Art Deco past, and absolutely nothing like it had been produced by any other graphic designer up until that point. It is bold, minimalist, and incredibly effective while still being artistically compelling. In my opinion, it is the most important poster we have in the sale.

Fenn-der Bender

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may remember many moons ago when our auction was blessed with the wonder that is Schnackenberg. So bountiful was his presence in that sale that from then on it was known as the Schnack-Attack.

Well, while this auction has some truly stellar Schnackenbergs floating about, the real treasure trove is a collection of ten posters by Josef Fenneker. A Fenn-der Bender, if you will (sorry – I couldn’t come up with a better pun).

"Entgleist" by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,500-$3,000.

“Entgleist” by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,500-$3,000.

Most of these images were created for a small art house cinema in a sub-section of Berlin that encouraged creative graphics (sort of like the equivalent of today’s Williamsburg). So, if these films played at other theaters in the city, they would not have necessarily been promoted with Fenneker’s posters, generally considered too dark and sexual for the average audience.

"Schloss Vogelod" by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,000-$2,500

“Schloss Vogelod” by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,000-$2,500

That makes these posters particularly rare – some so much so that we’ve never seen them in our entire 40 year history in the business.

"Sohne der Nacht" by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,000-$2,500

“Sohne der Nacht” by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,000-$2,500

Personally, I think he’s one of the greatest poster artists to emerge from the post-World War I era. There’s a kinetic nervousness in his lines that reminds one of Oskar Kokoschka. Simultaneously, his female figures in particular emote a pathetic ennui so synonymous with the Weimar generation.

"Der Strafling von Cayenne" by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,500-$3,000

“Der Strafling von Cayenne” by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,500-$3,000

And yet, there is also a softness, a sensuality. In the image for the film Ehrenschuld especially, you feel this constant ebb and flow of movement in the composition akin to waves lolling up and down, as the figures embrace and emerge from one another.

"Ehrenschuld" by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,000-$2,500

“Ehrenschuld” by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,000-$2,500

He also is capable of going somewhat off-type, giving us more romantic drama than is shown in his other designs. Here, this could just as easily be a poster advertising The Queen of Spades or Manon, both operas featuring intense gambling scenes in a casino.

"Baccarat" by Josef Fenneker, 1920. Est: $2,000-$2,500

“Baccarat” by Josef Fenneker, 1920. Est: $2,000-$2,500

And then, in what is possibly the greatest nip-slip in our auction, there’s this design for the film Eine Welt Ohne Liebe. Of course, as a secret redhead, I love that he’s giving us girls our due (even if she is a Butherface). I also love that the title & subtitle translate to “A World Without Love / The Woman Without a Heart” – STORY OF MY LIFE!

"Eine Welt Ohne Liebe" by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,500-$3,000

“Eine Welt Ohne Liebe” by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,500-$3,000

Finally, there’s my personal favorite (so don’t try outbidding me on this or I will find you, and I will kill you, and then I will steal the poster):

"Windsor's Apachen Tanze" by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,500-$3,000

“Windsor’s Apachen Tanze” by Josef Fenneker, 1921. Est: $2,500-$3,000

Unlike the other posters, this is not advertising a film, but a dance duo performing the Apache. For those of you not in the know, an Apache is a highly stylized dance acting out a conversation between a prostitute and her pimp. Similar to a tango, the dance is quite sexual and violent, usually ending with the pimp “killing” the hooker. If you still can’t imagine it, just go back and watch the Roxanne sequence from Moulin Rouge.

And yes, this post is ending with my announcing that I want to own a poster of a pimp killing a hooker so I can hang it above my bed.

Free Parking

If there’s one thing I miss about living outside of Manhattan, it’s driving my car. Not that I still don’t have a car – it’s just living at my mother’s house in the boondocks of Jersey until I decide to either leave the city or take out a second mortgage to pay for a parking space near my building.

And that’s why – out of our entire automobile section – this poster touches me the most.

"Residenz-Garage" by Friedrich Skell, ca. 1910. Est: $5,000-$6,000

“Residenz-Garage” by Friedrich Skell, ca. 1910. Est: $5,000-$6,000

Do not be put off by its somber German-ness – this is an important historic document.

You see, this poster was issued around 1910, just as private automobile ownership was on the rise. In major cities, finding places to park these cars was becoming a bit of an issue. So, some genius bought a crumbling palatial estate in the middle of Munich and turned it into a parking garage.

Yes, this poster is essentially one of the first to advertise private parking in a major city. A luxury this little New Yorker can only dream about.

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