For sale at Neiman Marcus: Yourself, in Legos

Tue Oct 7, 2008 6:49pm EDT
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By Sarah Coffey

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For the golf enthusiast who still has $1 million to spare after the Wall Street meltdown: a backyard golf course custom-designed by champ Jack Nicklaus for Christmas.

Or how about life-size Lego replicas of you and your beloved for $60,000?

Equestrians can splurge on a $10 million Kentucky horse farm, complete with a stable of up to 15 thoroughbreds. You'll get to keep all the purses and trophies you're sure to win and celebrate in your $250,000 authentic Guinness pub.

High-end retailer Neiman Marcus has put these and more luxury gifts on display in its annual holiday gift guide. The catalog traditionally features the extravagant and wacky. This year, the message may be lost in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, but the gifts on offer are no less flamboyant.

Even luxury customers, typically resilient during more moderate economic downturns, have felt the pressure of Wall Street's woes as markets tumble and their portfolios shrink.

Which begs the question, who would pay $110,000 for a chance to shoot some hoops with the Harlem Globetrotters?

Neiman officials admit the gifts represent a flight of imagination for the better part of the catalog's readers.

"The whole purpose of these fantasy gifts is to make people smile," said Ginger Reeder, spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus Direct. "I mean they're fantasies. We're not saying: 'You've got to rush out and have yourself made in Legos.' It's like, wouldn't that be fun?"   Continued...

<p>A shopper enters a Neiman Marcus store in Oak Brook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, May 2, 2005. REUTERS/John Gress</p>