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A $32-Million Piece of History

Christina O, the historic yacht owned by Aristotle Onassis, is now for sale.

July 16, 2013
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Yacht Christina O

The renowned yacht Christina O is for sale with Edmiston & Co.

The barstools covered in whale foreskin are the stuff of legend. The mosaic swimming pool has cooled everything from the political temper of Winston Churchill to the sexy bottom of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The lyrical stylings of opera singer and Onassis paramour Maria Callas are enshrined in the sitting room.

All of it can be yours for a cool $32 million, give or take the euro-dollar exchange rate.

Christina O is a 325-foot motoryacht that was built in 1943 as a Canadian anti-submarine frigate called HMCS Stormont. Onassis bought her in 1954 for $34,000 and then spent several million dollars renovating her into a proper yacht, making her so luxurious that she was chosen for the wedding reception of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco.

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Onassis died in 1975, leaving Christina O to his daughter, for whom the yacht is named. She gave the yacht to the Greek government for use as a presidential yacht. In 2001, Christina O was relaunched by an Onassis family friend who spent several years and a reported $50 million renovating her. She entered the luxury charter market, accommodating 36 guests for select clientele in the Mediterranean.

“It really was the last word in opulence,” Edmiston and Company Chairman Nicholas Edmiston says of Christina O.

Learn more at www.edmistoncompany.com.

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