Few corners of high-priced real estate command the nine-figure price tags of owning a megayacht.
Just after the New Year, Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper breathlessly reported on how billionaire Roman Abramovich was "forced to moor his white luxury yacht Eclipse just a stone's throw away" from Al Mirqab, the lavish vessel owned by the Qatari Prime Minister. "And with the two yachts anchored side by side in front of the harbor Gustavia on the Caribbean island [of St Barts], the battle was on for which billionaire has the nicest boat with the most luxury, helicopters, and jet skis."
Abramovich reportedly spent $1.2 billion on the design and construction of Eclipse, which at 557 feet, is currently the longest privately owned yacht in the world, with two helicopter pads, two pools, and a whole host of other trappings such as bullet- and bomb-proofing technologies.
The gossip website on the ultra-rich, Curbed.com, has posted a collection of photos of the interior of Eclipse. It’s impressive, to say the least.