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Gift ideas for those with deep pockets

October 12, 2008|From Times Wire Services

You can be the first on your block to own a limited-edition BMW sedan, a backyard golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus or a collection of every top 100 record from 1955 to 1990, all featured in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book.

This year's 155-page catalog is filled with furs, fashions, fancy handbags and jewelry from familiar upscale designers. Several of the gifts feature a sports theme.

For $10 million, you can buy a stable of 12 to 15 thoroughbreds and have them stabled, trained and managed by Three Chimneys Farm in Versailles, Ky., the home of Smarty Jones and, soon, Big Brown.

If that is too rich, $1 million will get you three golf holes designed by Nicklaus' team, and the Golden Bear himself will play the first round with you and autograph his club and ball.

Neiman Vice President Ginger Reeder said the only accommodation this year to the tough economy is that the company also will send out a smaller catalog featuring gifts under $300. The privately held chain doesn't discuss sales from the Christmas Book, first published in 1926.

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