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The Most Jaw-Dropping Fantasy Gifts In The History Of Neiman Marcus

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 2/11/2015 Julee Wilson

From the moment the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book "His and Her" fantasy gifts debuted in 1959, it was a sensation. And for good reason. The luxury department store had the audacity to offer the type of jaw-dropping and bank account-busting gifts (submarine or airplane, anyone?) that render customers speechless.

This year, the gifts are no less impressive

If you've got $80,000 burning a hole in your pocket, feel free to purchase a huge ikat-embellished trunk that's filled with accessories and vintage finds handcrafted by women around the world and curated by fashion icon Iris Apfel. For $150,000 you can snag an Arch motorcycle designed by actor Keanu Reeves and his business partner Gard Hollinger. And if money is really no object, then spending $400,000 for a 12-day dream trip to India might be more your speed. 

It's no surprise that every year we're left asking ourselves: Are people really buying this stuff? 

The answer is a resounding "yes," Ginger Reeder, vice president of corporate communications at Neiman Marcus, told The Huffington Post. 

What started as a way to drum up publicity for the store quickly became a viable business. Reeder says that about half of the gifts are sold each year.   

The most expensive gift ever offered was an unfinished Boeing Business Jet in 1999 that was priced at over $35 million -- it never sold. But when it comes to the most expensive gift that were actually sold, that award goes to the $6.7 million NM Limited Edition Bell helicopter, which was offered in 2001. 
With so much copious spending going on, Neiman Marcus makes a point to give back. Each year the company selects a charity to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the fantasy gifts. The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide, will benefit from this year's sales. 
While we've got our hearts set on that Iris Apfel-approved trunk of flashy accessories, we wanted to round up some of Neiman Marcus' most mind-boggling gifts of all-time. Check out the 11 items selected (and explained) by Reeder below -- and prepare to be amazed. 
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