One of Paul Allen’s yachts to be sold
If you’ve ever wanted to own a 414-foot luxury superyacht that once belonged to late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, now you can — for $325 million.
After Allen’s death in 2018, many of his iconic belongings and portions of his empire were put on sale, including the world’s largest plane, developed by Allen’s aerospace company Stratolaunch.
Last week, the Octopus joined the list, with the price listed at 295 million euros (about $325.2 million).
It’s one of the biggest private superyachts in the world, and can hold 26 guests and 63 crew members. It’s even comparable in size to US Navy destroyers.
Built in 2003 and refitted this year, the Octopus has all the typical luxury features — including a pool and hot tub, a spa, a bar and a gym. It’s also got some more extravagant perks, like a specially designed recording studio and cinema, a glass-bottomed underwater observation lounge, elevators and a basketball court, according to Fraser and Burgess.
If you have yacht tenders, helicopters, underwater submersibles or even an SUV you want to take with you to sea, no problem — the Octopus has storage for all those vehicles. Want a submarine? The Octopus has that on board too.
With so many amenities, the Octopus has hosted celebrities and musicians — Mick Jagger has even reportedly recorded music in the yacht’s studio.
It also has a rich history. The Octopus is what’s called an expedition boat, designed to handle rough seas and remote travel. Because of its capabilities, it has been used not just for recreation, but also research trips and rescue missions.
According to Burgess, the superyacht has explored Antarctica, discovered the wreck of a WWII battleship in the Philippines and helped the UK Royal Navy retrieve the bell of sunken battlecruiser HMS Hood.
According to Fraser, the yacht is built to Ice-class 1A, meaning it can operate even through sea ice. It has a transoceanic range of about 12,500 nautical miles and can reach a maximum speed of 19 knots, or 21.8 miles per hour.