Collectors – they would do anything and everything to fulfill their drive for acquiring the rarest and even oddest objects known to man – even if cost they millions of dollars. Extreme collectors are known to frequent auctions to scout for antiquated pieces to be part of their extensive collection of items. Some collectors collect specific types of items, such as stamps, automobiles, celebrity memorabilia, paintings, rare photographs, novelty items, and virtually anything that they deem valuable. However, some do not focus on certain items; instead, they collect anything under the sun that they find valuable or rare.
In the past several decades, collectors have scored big in different auctions, bagging the most expensive items recorded in recent history. Below are some of the various collectible items sold in auctions at very high price tag.
‘Artemis and the Stag’ statue – This Roman-era statue was discovered in Rome, Italy in the 1920s. Research findings contend that this antiquated bronze statue is at least 2,000-year-old. In 2007, the piece has become the most expensive antiquity item ever sold in an auction. The ‘Artemis and the Stag’ statue was sold for at least $28.6 million.
1957 Ferrari 250 TestaRossa– Needless to say, Ferrari cars are expensive, but this 1957 TestaRossa is simply exceptional as the company only produced 21 like it. Even though this particular model did not play very well in international races (always getting fourth place in races), it is a fine piece of advanced car engineering. The car’s body was designed by famed designer Sergio Scaglietti. In May 2009, this mean machine was sold at an auction at $12.2 million.
Elvis Presley’s tresses of hair – Who would have thought that tresses could be sold for more than $100,000? An Internet-based auction company did. In 2002, an auction sold the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s tresses for more than $115,000. The company behind the expensive deal also sold other tresses like that of Che Guevara, Mickey Mantle, and even Neil Armstrong.
Da Vinci’s Codex Hammer – Who owns the most expensive manuscript? Bill Gates does. In 1994, the richest man in the world, Gates, bought Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer manuscript for more than $30,800,000. In the manuscript were the Renaissance man’s thoughts, musings, and sketches. In 2000, Gates released digitally scanned versions of the manuscripts, making it available for public to see and read. Presently, the manuscript is believed to be in the Gates’ mansion properly secured in maybe the most expensive picture frames or in a security-sophisticated vault.
‘Nude, Green Leaves and Bust’ painting – In 2010, Pablo Picasso’s celebrated and renowned painting, ‘Nude, Green Leaves and Bust’ was sold for over $106.5 million. According to Time, the auction of the said painting only took roughly eight minutes. Before the painting went under the hammer, it was owned by a California philanthropist. The works of Picasso are known for their very high value. His ‘Boy with a Pipe (The Young Apprentice)’ painting was sold for $104.1 million in 2004. The paintings of Picasso do not only have the best picture frames but the most astounding and thought-provoking art work on it.
The rich and the famous go gaga about collectible items. Some of them are very passionate about going to auction maybe because of the rush of competing against other bidders, while some just want to own a piece of history. However, if you don’t have all the riches in the world and are after the more affordable stuff like wholesale gifts, then you would enjoy shopping online at WIDDOP and Co. The good thing about this online store is that it has extensive collection of various products, from electronic gadgets to car accessories. You don’t have to be ridiculously rich to shop wholesale gifts from WIDDOP and Co. because the products they sell are absolutely affordable.