Casino developer Steve Wynn has put dueling pirate ships and a faux volcano on the Strip. Now the Disney of the Desert is pursuing another passion: a mega-yacht.
Several sources confirmed that Wynn recently purchased the 183-foot Allegro, which was spotted in the Port of Nice, France, last week. Here's the Web site: http://yachts.monacoeye.com/yachtsbysize/pages/allegro01.html
Wynn was on the Riviera on Tuesday, according to spies.
He reportedly has plans to add his own brand of luxury to the Allegro, which was built three years ago in Italy.
The price tag wasn't available, but mega-yachts are known to fetch more than $100 million.
It's not the biggest in the world: That title belongs to the Dubai, a 524-foot motor yacht owned by the sheik of Dubai.
Donald Trump paid $30 million in 1987 for a 282-foot yacht owned by the sultan of Brunei, who had secured it as collateral for a multimillion-dollar loan to Adnan M. Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian arms dealer and legendary Las Vegas high roller, reportedly spent $85 million to build and outfit the vessel. It featured a helicopter landing pad, a theater, a discotheque, a hospital, sleeping quarters for a crew of 52 and refrigerators that could hold a three-month supply of food for 100 people.
Trump renamed it the Trump Princess and later sold it.
THE QUEEN OF PARIS
Happy 80th birthday to French film and singing icon Line Renaud, who was such an international star that Elvis kept a promise to her by attending the opening of "Casino de Paris" at the Dunes in 1965.
She met him while she was performing at the famed Moulin Rouge in Paris. Elvis, then stationed in the Army in Germany, came to the show, and not only did he meet her, but he serenaded her with his guitar backstage.
Renaud, who calls Las Vegas her second home, was recently featured on the cover of Paris Match magazine, which dedicated an eight-page spread to the Grand Dame of Paris.
Fittingly, her star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars is at the front door of the Paris Las Vegas.
THE SCENE AND HEARD
Clint Holmes will be a special guest when the Las Vegas Tenors kick off a Fourth of July engagement Friday at the Suncoast. Tenor George DeMotte will join the group on Saturday night, and Chris Coyne, longtime lead singer for "Les Folies Bergere" at the Tropicana, performs on Sunday. Teddy Davey, one of the founding members with Bill Fayne, Mark Giovi and Bobby Black, is back after an emergency surgery.
The cast and crew of "Love" (Mirage), celebrating the second anniversary of Cirque du Soleil meets the Beatles, at the Artisan Hotel on Tuesday night. ... Alan Fawcett from the 1980s lip-synch shot "Puttin' on the Hitz" TV show, among a group staging auditions Tuesday at Poetry nightclub, in Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, for a new television show. ... A flock of 26,000 rubber ducks, gathering in one end of the pool in the wind during Tuesday's swim-with-the-ducks party at Simon at Palms Place.
THE PUNCH LINE
"You're going to have to put on a top -- oh, sorry, sir." -- From David Letterman's Top Ten Things You Don't Want to Hear at the Beach