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5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

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Santana

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Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart on Santana

Imagine sailing on the yacht aboard which Grace Kelly spent her honeymoon or spending a night in the sumptuous suite where Aristotle Onassis seduced Greta Garbo. It's possible - these classic yachts and many more glamorous ones like them are available for charter all over the world. Here's our pick of the best.

Santana

Lauren Bacall was the love of Humphrey Bogart’s life, although as she wisely acknowledged she had to share his affections. “If ever I had a woman to be jealous of,” she wrote in her autobiography, By Myself, “she was the Santana.” This was Bogart’s yacht, a pretty and slippery 16.7 metre yawl that Bacall said “enslaved” her film-star husband.

Ingrid Bergman, Richard Burton and David Niven were frequent guests aboard Bogart’s Santana, which he used most weekends and holidays for 10 years up to his death, aged 57, in 1957 and much of the sailing was around Catalina, off the California coast. Bogie raced, too, finishing first in his class in the San Clemente Island Race in 1950. “Bogie was in love … and truly had everything he’d ever dreamed of,” Bacall said of her husband’s boat.

She is back to her original rig as a schooner now, under the ownership of a group of sailors from the US West Coast. They have embarked on a complete restoration that should see her sailing again this year.

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Christina O

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Superyacht Christina O

If ever there was a yacht crackling with the presence of screen gods and goddesses it is Christina O. This 99 metre vessel was built for the Canadian navy, sold off at the end of WWII and bought in 1954 by Aristotle Onassis.

Onassis used a big slice of his fortune to turn Christina, named after his daughter, into a floating palace. Panelling from impoverished English stately homes was used for cabins; a mosaic decorated the bottom of the pool, which rose to deck level to become a dance floor; and a grand piano stood in the saloon. In the bar, stools were covered in leather from the foreskins of whales. Onassis delighted in telling his female guests perched at the bar that they were “sitting on the world’s biggest penis”.

And there were some famous women guests. Onassis, the supreme egotist, was captivated by the wrold's most beautiful woman Greta Garbo and Christina was part of his plan to seduce her. She soon became a regular guest. Arriving at Nice railway station, Garbo found that Onassis had laid on an entire orchestra to welcome her as she stepped off the train.

Onassis would sail the yacht to Capri or Venice and throw a huge party. Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were regular guests and Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Peter Lawford, Grace Kelly and, in 1963, Jackie Kennedy all joined in the exclusive fun. The yacht, like Jackie, now has an O after her name and is currently for charter. Camper & Nicholsons is listing her at £270,000 per week, plus expenses.

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Kalizma

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Taylor and Burton on superyacht Kalizma

Elizabeth Taylor was so taken with life aboard her friend's yachts that she persuaded Richard Burton that they should buy their own. In 1967, when the couple were at the height of their fame, Burton bought a GL Watson-designed steam yacht, launched as Minona in 1906. The Burtons paid $192,000 for her and then spent six months and hundreds of thousands more on a complete refurbishment, adding artworks by Picasso, Monet and Degas. They renamed her Kalizma, after daughters Kate Burton, Liza Todd and Maria Burton. She had been re-engined with diesels and could do 14 knots.

The boat became the couple's floating home for long periods while they were filming on location. In 1969, while Kalizma was tied up in Monte Carlo harbour, Burton presented his wife with a fabulous 69-carat diamond. He had bought it from Cartier for $1.1 million and it arrived aboard Kalizma under police escort. Taylor wore it for the first time a few days later (on a specially made necklace arranged prominently on her trademark décolletage) at Princess Grace’s 40th birthday party.

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