Top 10 Most Expensive Auction Items in the World
This is one of the “game” for rich people. Bid something they like or they need. I’m sure it is very excited during the auctions especially when you are bidding an item with other opponent and the price keep raising, you will not know the final result. Let’s check it out the 10 most expensive auctions ever.
10. Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” Dress – $1,267,500
In May of 1962, Marilyn Monroe helped to celebrate President John F. Kennedy’s 45th birthday at a spectacular party in Madison Square Garden. JFK’s joke about Monroe’s “sweet and wholesome” rendition of “Happy Birthday” was inspired not only by her scorching delivery, but also by the skin-tight dress into which she had been sewn for the occasion. In 1999, the dress fetched over $1.26 million at a New York auction.
9. Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer - $30,802,500
This 36-folio manuscript has changed hands twice in the last fifteen years. In 1980, it was purchased at auction by Armand Hammer from the estate of Lord Leicester; in 1994, it was acquired by Bill Gates at the Hammer estate auction. The analysis of movement of the water is a central theme, together with studies of geology (fossils, the circulation of water and natural disasters) and astronomy.
8. Mark McGwire’s 70th-home-run baseball – $3 million
McGwire’s 70th Home Run baseball sold at a record $3 million in 1999. Keep in mind this is also before the steroid scandal, and the baseball might sell at a much lower price today. The groundskeeper Tom Forneris retrieved Mark McGwire’s home run ball number 62 that broke Roger Maris. single season home run record (1998). The baseball was returned to McGwire, and was later sent to the baseball HOF in Cooperstown.
7. Guarneri del Gesù violin – $3.9 million
Only 250 of Guarnieri’s instruments have survived to present day, and it was one of these fine antiques that broke the record for the most expensive instrument ever sold at auction. In 2007, a Russian lawyer purchased a Guarnieri violin for $3.9 million. The violin had not been played for 70 years at the time of the sale, until the buyer hired Israeli maestro Pinchas Zukerman to play it for him at a private concert.
6. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa – $12.2 million
May 18, 2009 The world record for a car sold at auction tumbled as predicted on the weekend when this 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa fetched 9,020,000 Euro (more than USD$12 million) at the “Ferrari Leggenda e Passione” in Maranello, Italy. Beautiful, rare (only 22 similar models were made) and with a rich and successful race history that began with a debut in the Buenos Aires 1000km in 1958, the 250 TR chassis no. 0714TR was snapped up by an anonymous phone bidder.
5. Wittelsbach diamond – $23.4 million
The 35.56-carat blue diamond dates back to the 17th century, when King Philip IV of Spain selected the jewel to be part of his daughter’s dowry. The diamond passed among Austrian and Bavarian royalty for centuries, but after World War I Bavaria became a republic and the jewel was repossessed by the state. Christie’s auction house tried to sell it in 1931 but apparently found no buyers. The diamond disappeared for a few decades only to resurface in 1962. A private collector purchased it in 1964, but sold it in 2008 for $23.4 million.
4. Roman-era statue, Artemis and the Stag – $28.6 million
Auction history was made in June 2007 when a bronze figure of Artemis and the Stag, circa 1st Century B.C./1st Century A.D., sold for $28,600,000 at Sotheby’s New York. That outstanding price also eclipsed the previous record for an Antiquity at auction and quadrupled the pre-sale high estimate of $7 million**. When auctioneer Hugh Hildesley opened the bidding at $4.1 million, two bidders immediately began battling for the masterpiece. It appeared that the sculpture was going to sell for just over $12 million when a new bidder, seated in the rear of the salesroom, entered the contest.
3. Badminton Cabinet - $36 million
The Badminton Cabinet, so named because it remained in Badminton, England, for over two centuries, had set the previous record in 1990 when Christie’s sold it to billionaire Barbara Piasecka Johnson (of the Johnson & Johnson fortune) for $16.59 million. Johnson put it up for sale in 2004, when it was bought by Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein, who donated it to the Liechtenstein Museum in Austria.
2. 405-foot yacht – $84 million
A Florida company named 4Yacht sold the monstrosity for a final purchase price of $168 million. The Gigayacht was designed by former naval architect Frank Mulder, who has since designed an even more extravagant Gigayacht for sale on eBay. The new boat is lavish as they come, featuring fourteen multi-level VIP suites and a helicopter garage.
1. Pablo Piccaso Boy with a Pipe – $104.1 million
Boy with a Pipe (The Young Apprentice) was originally painted in 1905, and its exorbitantly high sale price continued Picasso’s 14 year run as the world’s most valuable artist. This original Picasso painting for a whopping as most expensive auction $104.1 million at a 2004 Southeby’s auction