THE PRICE OF THE (RE­ALLY) GOOD LIFE

Forbes - - LEADERBOARD -

BAD NEWS—OF A very mild va­ri­ety—for any­one with a cou­ple bil­lion tucked away in the un­der­ground lair out back: Liv­ing a truly posh life­style has got­ten ju­u­ust a bit pricier over the last 12 months. Our bas­ket of 40 lux­ury goods is up 2% since last year, nearly half a point above the in­crease from 2017. Since we be­gan track­ing it in 1982, the Cost of Liv­ing Ex­tremely Well In­dex (CLEWI) has out­paced in­fla­tion by an av­er­age 2.3%. This year’s in­crease, though, was more than half a point be­low that of the Con­sumer Price In­dex over the same pe­riod. Rel­a­tively speak­ing, then, these high-end items are still af­ford­able. Which might make the 3% bump in the cost of one’s new he­li­copter a lit­tle eas­ier to swal­low.

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT AND TOYS +3.5%

OPERA: met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera tick­ets for two, pre­mium seats, for six Satur­day-night shows (pur­chased in New York) $5,760 / 4.4%

PI­ANO: ebonized model D con­cert-grand Stein­way (New York) $171,100 / 4.3%

MO­TOR YACHT: vik­ing Yacht 75 (New Jer­sey) $5.9 Mil / Na

SAIL­ING YACHT: Oys­ter 595 (U.k.) $2.5 Mil / 8.7%

SPORT­ING SHOT­GUNS: Pair of 12-gauge side-by­side from James Purdey & Sons (New Jer­sey) $318,353 / 3.6%

THOR­OUGH­BRED: av­er­age year­ling, keeneland Sep­tem­ber sale (ken­tucky) $363,780 / N/a

TRAIN SET: Thomas & friends Lionel Christ­mas set with Blue­tooth (North Carolina) $200 / N/a

CIGARS: 25 David­off Do­mini­can aniver­sario Dou­ble “R” (New York) $820 / 0%

MAG­A­ZINE: Forbes, one-year sub­scrip­tion (New York) $60 / 0%

FASH­ION +1%

COAT: Rus­sian sable, Bloom­ing­dale’s (New York) $225,000 / –15.1%

BLACK JER­SEY DRESS: with web trim, Gucci (italy) $1,900 / 11.8%

LOAFERS: Horsebit leather, Gucci (italy) $690 / 3%

SHIRTS: 12 cot­ton be­spoke, Turn­bull & asser (U.k.) $8,340 / 3%

SHOES: men’s black-calf wingtips, cus­tom-made, John Lobb (U.k.) $5,564 / 0.5%

PER­FUME: 1000 by Jean Pa­tou, 0.5 oz. (france) $350 / 0%

WATCH: Jules au­de­mars self-wind­ing, 18-karat pink gold, al­li­ga­tor strap, au­de­mars Piguet (Switzer­land) $22,700 / 0%

HAND­BAG: Her­mès Cle­mence Jyp­sière, bull-calf leather (france) $8,500 / 0%

FOOD AND DRINK +3.2%

CATERED DIN­NER: 40-per­son meal from Ridgewells (mary­land) $7,907.04 / 0%

CAVIAR: kilo of Pet­rossian Spe­cial Re­serve Os­se­tra (Cal­i­for­nia, New York) $12,500 / 0%

CHAM­PAGNE: Case of 750ml Dom Pérignon 2009 (New York)

$2,039 / 6.3%

CHATEAUBRIAND: 7 pounds of ten­der­loin (New York) $580.86 / 3.7%

DIN­NER: La Tour d’ar­gent tast­ing menu, per per­son, ex­clud­ing wine and tip (Paris) $440.80 / 5.8%

HOUSE­HOLD +1.8%

FLOW­ERS IN SEA­SON: ar­range­ments for six rooms per month, changed weekly (New York) $8,175 / 0%

SHEETS: Queen-size cot­ton sateen Ul­ti­mate (italy) $2,800 / Na Ster­ling Sil­ver

FLATWARE: five-piece din­ner set for 12 (mas­sachusetts) $12,960 / 0%

SAUNA: 8-by-10-by-7 feet in Nordic spruce (min­nesota)

$18,336 / 0.3%

SWIM­MING POOL: Olympic-size (Cal­i­for­nia) $2 Mil / 8.8%

TEN­NIS COURT: Har-Tru crushed stone (Con­necti­cut) $55,000 / 0%

SER­VICES +0.7%

SCHOOL: Year’s tu­ition, room and board at Gro­ton (mas­sachusetts) $56,550 / 1.5%

UNIVER­SITY: Year’s tu­ition, room and board, plus in­surance, at Har­vard (mas­sachusetts) $70,944 / 3.2%

FACE-LIFT: ex­pe­ri­enced sur­geon (New York) $18,500 / 0%

CONCIERGE: One-year mem­ber­ship for per­sonal ser­vice (New York) $25,000 / 0%

PSY­CHI­A­TRIST: 45 min­utes at Up­per east Side shrink (New York) $400 / 0%

LAWYER: Hourly fee for es­tate plan­ning, from a Sch­lesinger, Lazetera & auch­in­closs part­ner (New York) $995 / 0%

SPA: Coed weekly rate, the Golden Door (Cal­i­for­nia) $8,850 / 0%

TRAVEL +2.6%

HO­TEL: four Sea­sons onebed­room suite, off-peak (New York) $4,650 / 5.4%

AIR­PLANE: Lear­jet 70, Bom­bardier (Canada) $11.3 Mil / 0%

HE­LI­COPTER: Deluxe ex­ec­u­tive VIP Siko­rsky S-76D (Con­necti­cut) $17.2 Mil / 2.7%

CAR: 2018 Rolls-Royce Phan­tom (New Jer­sey) $530,000 / 0%

TRAVEL BAG: Louis vuit­ton keepall Ban­doulière 55 (france) $1,845 / 4.8%

Ul­ti­mate bed­sheets

Gro­ton Pet­rossian Spe­cial Re­serve Os­se­tra

Sea­sonal flow­ers

1000 by Jean Pa­tou

Stein­way

Louis Vuit­ton

Gucci

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