Christina O, the yacht that used to be owned by the shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis, has been put up for sale at 21 million British Pounds ($31.8 million) via the specialist agent in the yacht sector, Edmiston.
Onassis bought Christina O, which was built in 1943, for $34,000 in 1954. He conducted extensive and expensive renovations and hosted many parties during the late 1950’s.
John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and John Wayne were among his guests, as reported in the Independent.
The wedding reception of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier in 1956 was held on the yacht.
The renowned love affair of Onassis with the opera singer Maria Callas had taken place on board in 1968, as well as Onassis’ affair with Jackie Kennedy, President Kennedy’s widow. The couple got married on the Christina O near Scorpios, Onassis’ private island.
The yacht was gifted to Onassis’ daughter Christina after his death in his will, in 1975. Christina 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, according to the Independent. The vessel is 325ft (99m), its crew is consisted of 35 individuals and it can host 36 guests in the 18 staterooms and the Onassis Suite.
Library, sports lounge, children’s playroom, fitness centre, beauty salon and massage room and Jacuzzi are included in the on-board facilities.
“Aristotle Onassis saw Christina O as a powerful symbol of his growing business empire,” Edmiston Company’s Chairman Nicholas Edmiston said. He continued: “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.”