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  •  hah, i remember reading a story years ago... (4+ / 0-)
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    Don midwest, billmosby, joanneleon, PhilJD

    that malcolm forbes' toy collection got so large that he had to hire curators to keep track of it.  just another way the 1% are job creators, i guess.

    i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

    by joe shikspack on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:22:12 AM PST

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    •  One of the things I enjoy about (3+ / 0-)

      visiting the Hearst Castle is trying to envision the guy getting any work done at all in any other part of his life while riding herd on his full time architect, construction crew, art scavengers (removing a sizeable fraction of painting, sculpture, ancient ceilings and whatnot from Europe), scavenged art warehouse builders and managers (not room for even a fraction of all that loot to be displayed at once in the castle buildings), and of course all the parties at the place.

      If I were contemplating a hilltop palace and step 1 was "cover the acreage with 4 feet of topsoil", I think I would opt for a simpler lifestyle from the gitgo.

      Steve Jobs did it a little better: had a big house but didn't mess with furniture and other such trivia. And he had the good sense to die while his mega-yacht was still under construction.

      Peace, and Rosebuds.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:44:09 AM PST

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    •  I saw his eggs in Ekaterinburg. (2+ / 0-)
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      His Faberzhe (sorry, that's kind of the Russian spelling, can't think of the French at the moment) Imperial Easter Egg collection had been bought by a Russian businessman from there and was put on display while I happened to be in town in 2004 or 5. Cost all of about $4 to see them. The powers that were had tried to hijack them off to Moscow and failed. Mighty fine stuff, but again, you'd need a bunch of safe deposit boxes for the dang things.

      You can see a couple of them here. They are truly exquisite, and amazingly small for the price.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:54:39 AM PST

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