How Millionaires Celebrate End-of-Days

To commemorate the Mayan Apocalypse, video game tycoon Richard Garriott de Cayeux threw a lavish soiree at his 65-acre spread along Lake Austin, complete with various scenes of imagined end-of-the-world scenarios.
Richard Garriott de Cayeux’s end-of-world party featured a 30-foot replica of a pyramid. Photograph by Jared Tennant

Elvira Butz, a septuagenarian adventurer who has dived to the Titanic aboard a Russian submersible, trekked solo through the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, and searched for meteorites in Antarctica, spent the final minutes of December 21, 2012, the day the Mayans supposedly predicted the world would end, dancing to “Gangnam Style” at the base of a 30-foot replica of a Mayan pyramid built on the shore of Lake Austin.

Doomsayers and revelers across the globe awaited the apocalypse in bunkers and at parties, but among the more extravagant end-of-days soirees was a fete thrown by Richard Garriott de Cayeux, a video game tycoon, on his 65-acre ranch in the Hill Country.

Servers passed champagne to the dancing partygoers

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