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Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in Money | 0 comments

9 The Most Unusual Items Sold During Summer

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All of us are saving money for something: for a new car, for the world trip, for home decoration  However, there are people who don’t need to save. They already have everything what we have in our dreams. Sometimes their purchasing choices can surprise most of us. Sports cars, rare coins, wine collections and endangered fish species – this is an uncompleted list of those purchases.
Luxury lovers spared no money on the “small” life joys. Their purchases amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and occasionally, items bought had value only for certain categories of collectors.

Two Wise Monkeys presents you the list of 9 the most unusual items sold during summer.

  • Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster, price – $ 11,770,000

Special roadster model from the German automaker, released in 1936, is recognized as the most expensive car ever sold at auction during the auto show in Pebble Beach. The car was owned by a German baroness Gisela Von Krieger. In her garage Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster remained in peace for about 40 years.

  • Ford GT40, price – $ 11 million

Slightly less somebody paid for a race car Ford GT40, which has been filmed in the movie “Le Mans” in 1968, brainchild of industrial genius of Henry Ford, went under the hammer for $ 11 million, becoming the most expensive car ever made by American manufacturers.

  • Golden dime, price – $ 1.6 million

The buyer of rare gold coin, dime, worth only 10 cents, was a collector who wished to remain anonymous. Dime was released in 1873, the Mint Carson City and recently became a part of a coins collection, named Battle Born Collection.

  • Painting “Le Mans” with Steve McQueen, price – $ 800,000

A picture of Steve McQueen, dated 1971, was sold at auction in August. In addition, during that month were also sold other things belonging to a famous actor. For instance, in the U.S. passport with McQueen’s signature was sold for $ 46 thousand.

  • Baseball bat and a ball signed by the player, price – $ 776,750

Another “eccentric” purchase made during the summer was a baseball, signed by Babe Ruth. It is believed that this was the first ball, signed by star of American baseball. In addition to that, his bit has been sold as well. It is interesting to note, Babe Ruth is still considered the standard in baseball, and many fans have collected everything related to the name of the star.

  • A rare collection of baseball cards, price – $ 566,132

From one owner a rare collection of baseball cards, issued in 1900, has been given to another person for more than half a million U.S. dollars. Merchants are a group of relatives who discovered the collection of cards in the archives of their grandfather. The postcards depict famous players from that time, people put on the ‘Hall of Fame’. “Among them were Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Honus Wagner.

  • Rare Fish, price – $ 473,000

One of the most expensive perishable lots sold at auction was a giant yellow Crocker – a rare fish living off the coast of China. It was caught by a lucky angler, and then he conducted his own auction to all interested persons. Body organs and meat of yellow Crocker very often used to produce drugs and medicines.

  • Australian “holey dollar”, price – $ 425,350

During this summer, the most expensive from rare family of “holey dollar” has been sold – Australian coins that went into circulation in the XIX century. This dollar is also known as the “Hannibal Head” and was printed at the mint in New South Wales in 1813 from the Peruvian silver dollar 1810 release.

  • Bottle of wine ‘Chateau Lafite’, price – $ 42,350

A rare vintage of 1982 was sold during the online-auction Christie’s. At the auction, a great bottle of wine Chateau Lafite was proposed, which became the first wine lot sold online. After has finished, a total of Overall sales of online-auction Christie’s totaled $ 820,000 that day.The buyer of ‘Chateau Lafite’ 1982 was unknown Asian collector.


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