Aristotle Onassis's yacht Christina O put up for sale

 

The superyacht Christina O
The superyacht Christina O

There are the haves and the have-yachts - and then there are those who can afford £21 million yachts.

That is the sum needed to buy the superyacht Christina O, formerly owned by shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, which has been put up for sale.

Built in 1943, the Christina O was bought by Onassis for 34,000 US dollars in 1954 and, after extensive and expensive renovations, he hosted star-studded parties on board during the late 1950s.

Guests included John F Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and John Wayne.

In 1956 Princess Grace and Prince Rainier held their wedding reception on the yacht.

Onassis' s love affair with opera singer Maria Callas was also played out on board but in 1968 that ended abruptly when Onassis courted President Kennedy's widow, Jackie. The couple married on the Christina O near Onassis's private island of Scorpios.

In 1975, Onassis died and the yacht was gifted to his daughter, Christina, in his will. She in turn bequeathed it to the Greek government as a presidential yacht.

More than 20 years later, Christina O was substantially renovated and finally restored to its former glory in 2001.

The 325ft (99m) vessel has a 35-strong crew and can accommodate 36 guests in 18 staterooms and the Onassis Suite.

On-board facilities include a library, sports lounge, children's playroom, fitness centre, beauty salon and massage room and jacuzzi.

The yacht has been put up for sale via Edmiston, a specialist agent in the yacht sector.

Chairman Nicholas Edmiston said: "Aristotle Onassis saw Christina O as a powerful symbol of his growing business empire.

"It really was the last word in opulence and many personalities were attracted by its ability to offer them some privacy, not just by its magnificence."

PA

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in