Top 10 Lists

I. Paintings

II. Sculpture

I. Cars

II. Motorbikes

III. Watches

IV. Alcohol

        1. Wine
        2. Whisky
        3. Cognac
        4. Champagne

V. Numismatics

  1. Coins
  2. Banknotes

VI. Stamps

VII. Sports Memorabilia

VIII. Trading cards

  1. Baseball
  2. Basketball
  3. Football
  4. Hockey

IX. Comics

X. Books

  1. Printed
  2. Manuscripts

XI. Maps

XII. Photographs

XIII. Handbags

I.Gems

II. Jewelry

III.Cigars

IV. Gaming cardsv.

V. Weapons

  1. Guns
  2. Swords

VI. Wooden decoys

VII. Autographs

VIII. Vinyl

1-Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, circa 1490–1500. – $450.3M

The world’s most expensive painting to sell at auction.  Prior to its sale at Christie’s, the painting attracted a myriad of owners and price tags over the years: from selling for £45 at Sotheby’s in 1958 to a $127.5 million purchase price by Russian billionaire Dmitry E. Rybolovlev in 2005, whose trust sold it at the 2017 auction.

2-Pablo Picasso, Les Femmes d’Alger (“Version O”), 1955. – $179.4M

This piece is one of Picasso’s boldest and most notable from a series of paintings he produced between 1954 and 1955. It was in good condition at the time of sale, so it was a special find for anyone able to pay the price. Before the 2015 sale, it had last sold in November 1997 for $31.9 million to a collector from Saudi Arabia.

3-Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917–18. – $170.4M

One of Modigliani’s most notable paintings, it was produced in 1917 as part of a series of works credited today with the revitalization of the nude form in Modernist art.

4-Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), 1917–18. – $157.2M

Produced around the same time as the previous auction record, this and other nudes by Modigliani were strikingly bold and even considered scandalous when they were originally painted.

5-Francis Bacon, Three Studies of Lucian Freud, 1969. – $142.4M

Three Studies of Lucian Freud is a 1969 oil-on-canvas triptych by the Irish-born British painter Francis Bacon, depicting artist Lucian Freud

6-Qi Baishi, Twelve Landscape Screens, 1925. – $140.8M

The selling price solidified Qi’s place in the art world as the first Chinese artist to have a work of art sell at auction for over $100 million. Qi executed the work in 1925 at the age of 62 in his notable style of using calligraphy and brush painting.With its twelve landscape screens, it is also the largest piece he ever created.

7-Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893. – $119.9M

An important source of inspiration for Expressionism in the early 20th century, Edvard Munch’s The Scream has become one of the most iconic and recognizable images of our time. Munch painted the piece in a collection of 22 works that were exhibited in Berlin in 1902, all representing unconventional topics for the time period. They ranged from love and loss to death and spirituality. This is one of four versions of The Scream

8-Pablo Picasso, Young Girl with a Flower Basket, 1905- $115M

1905 painting by Pablo Picasso from his Rose period.[1] It was painted at a key phase in Picasso’s life, as he made the transition from an impoverished bohemian at the start of 1905 to a successful artist by the end of 1906.  Picasso was inspired by the harlequins and saltimbanques, clowns, jugglers and other acts, making the transition from his bleak Blue period to his more optimistic Rose period.

9-Claude Monet, Meules, 1890. – $110.7M

Meules is part of Monet’s notable Haystacks series, one of the most recognizable from the artist’s oeuvre.  The series is famous for the way in which Monet repeated the same subject to show the differing light and atmosphere at different times of day, across the seasons and in many types of weather. The principal subject of each painting in the series is stacks of harvested wheat (or possibly barley or oats.

10-Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982. – $110.5M

Painting portrays a black skull scarred with red rivulets, pitted with angry eyes, gnashing its teeth, against a blue graffiti wall on which someone has been doing their sums.  Basquiat died several years after creating the work that sold Thursday, overdosing on heroin in 1988 at age 27. The New York native, son of a Puerto Rican mother and Haitian-American father, began in street art and assumed mythic stature after his death — influencing a generation of artists with his visceral, politically inclined works.

1 – L’homme au doigt – $141.3M

Created in 1947 and cast in bronze, Alberto Giacometti created six casts and one artists’ proof of the statue, four of which are in museums. Described as Giacometti’s “most iconic and evocative sculpture”, the auctioned piece is also believed to be the only one hand-painted by the artist, adding an additional level of rarity and expressive impact to the piece.

2 – L’homme qui marche I – $104.3M

The Walking Man is considered to be one of Giacometti’s most important works and the pinnacle of his experimentation with the human form. Literally translated to ‘The Walking Man’, this piece was initially created for a public project by the Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York. After struggling with the project, Giacometti eventually abandoned the commission, taking his unfinished work. Shortly after this he decided to cast this sculpture in bronze and exhibit it, which he did at the Venice Biennale the following year.

3- Chariot –$100.9M

One of Alberto Giacometti’s most important works, Chariot is a 145 cm tall sculpture that was sold at Sotheby’s in 2014. The artist said that the image of the chariot came to him in a dream. The dream probably came from a hospital stay in 1938 where Giacometti saw nurses pushing their pharmacy trolleys around.

4- The Sophisticated Girl (Portrait of Nancy Cunard) – $71M

This unique work by Constantin Brancusi in polished bronze dates to 1932. Brancusi used Nancy Cunard, a legendary heiress of the roaring twenties, as his muse for the piece.

5- Tête – $59.5m

Tête is a limestone sculpture created by Italian sculptor Amedeo Modigliani between 1910 and 1912. Standing at over 2ft tall, the sculpture of a head is inspired by the geometric designs seen in African sculpture. This combination of African and European influences served to create a striking, unique piece which quickly captured the imagination of collectors.

6- Balloon Dog (Orange) – $58.4M

Created by Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog is the most expensive sculpture ever sold by a living artist. The controversial American is well-known for creating sculptures which reproduce banal objects, with Balloon Dog being part of his most well-known and divisive series. The sculpture is a 3-metre tall, stainless steel, mirror finished sculpture of a balloon dog, created as part of his ‘Celebration’ series, which included a range of similar pieces including Valentine hearts, diamonds, and tulips.

7- The sleeping muse – $57.3M

The patinated bronze head inlaid with gold leaf was created by Constantin Brancusi in 1913.  The subject of a sleeping head occupied Brancusi for almost twenty years.  This bronze is one of four casts made in 1910 from a marble of the previous year for which Baroness Renée Irana Franchon was the model.

8 – Guennol Lioness – $57.2m.

Discovered near Baghdad, Iraq, the 5,000-year-old Mesopotamian statue was the most expensive sculpture ever at the time of its 2007 sale. Alongside the fact that it is an incredible piece of art, the sculpture also holds a lot of cultural importance owing to the time it was created. Dating back to the time of the first known use of the wheel, the development of cuneiform writing and the emergence of the first cities, the Lioness is an important historical artifact which could tell an incredible story.

9 – Grande tête mince – $53.3m

Literally translated as ‘Large thin head’, the piece was based on either Alberto Giacometto or his brother, Diego. Alberto’s distorted style is very much in evidence in the piece, with the head being extremely narrow at the front yet full and extremely detailed in profile view.

10 – Nu de dos, 4 état (Back IV) – $48.8M

Back IV is the fourth and final piece in The Back Series by legendary artist Henri Matisse. Matisse worked on the series between 1909 and 1930, and they are his largest sculptures by far. The 2010 auction including the Back IV was the first time a piece from this set had ever been sold at auction, with all other pieces located at museums around the world.

1-1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, US$70 million

The Ferrari 250 GTO is the holy grail of car collectors. It won the 1964 Tour de France and was sold to the founder of WeatherTech in 2018 in a private sale. Just 36 units were built between 1962 and 1964 to conform to strict racing regulations at the time and each buyer was personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. A 1962 Ferrari GTO driven by Edoardo Lualdi-Gabardi to the record-breaking Ferrari to victory in the 1962 Italian GT Championship and one of seven with Series II coachwork sold for $48.4 million.

2-1957 Ferrari 335 S Spider, $38.3 million

Only four of these cars were ever made, contributing to its stratospheric price tag.   Ferrari’s workshop equipped the model with a 4.1-litre V12 engine, giving it a massive 400 horsepower and enabling it to reach a top speed of 190 miles per hour—unheard of at the time. The fact that it was driven by some of the world’s best drivers—including British Formula 1 champions Mike Hawthorne and Stirling Moss—only increased the price.

3-1956 Ferrari 290 MM, $30.45 million.

The MM in the Ferrari 290 MM stands for the Mille Miglia, which it was designed for and won in 1956. Only four were made; three still exist. When Sotheby’s put one of them up for sale in 2015, it sold for $28 million. Another 290 MM sold for $22 million in 2018.

4-1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4S NART Spider, $30.38 million

Out of its original planned production line of 25, only 10 of these Spiders were ever made

5-1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 Formula 1, US$29.6 million

Chassis number 00006/54 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio himself is the only example in private hands. Mercedes 2.5 liter, straight 8 was designed for direct fuel injection as used on the famous ME109 fighters of the Luftwaffe. These cars totally dominated racing in the mid-1950s until the spectacular accident at Le Mans in 1955 killing 83 spectators in a deadliest crash in motorsport history.

6-1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale, $28.7 million

Ferrari engineer Mauro Forghieri designed three of these 275 GTB Competizione Speciale cars as successors to the GTO. 

7-1956 Aston Martin DBR1, US$22.55 million

Cited by many experts as the most important Aston Martin in existence. In its three-year career, it won the 1959 Nürburgring 1000 KM at the hands of Stirling Moss and was previously driven by Roy Salvadori, Jack Brabham and Carroll Shelby among others.

8-1935 Duesenberg SSJ, US$22 million

In the 1920s and ’30s, the name Duesenberg was the best known brand in fancy automobiles. The marque faded permanently in 1937, after just 24 years of production leaving a legacy of magnificent, powerful machines that perfectly captured the opulence of the ‘Jazz Age’. Lot 35 at the 2018 Pebble Beach auction was one of two only SSJ models ever made and was once owned by Hollywood icon Gary Cooper.

9- 1955 Jaguar D-Type, XKD501, US$21.78 million

The 3.4 liter Le Mans special D-Type with its pronounced vertical fin is unique, and when the actual 1955 race-winning car came up for auction, collectors went into a frenzy. When Sotheby’s sold chassis XKD501 in 2016, it was the most expensive British car ever sold. The D-Type’s greatest hour came during the 1957 Le Mans, where it took the first, second, third, fourth and sixth spots in the 55-car race.   

10 -1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider, US$19.8 million

This 2900B Lungo Spider was one of only 12 Touring Spiders cabriolets produced and was the apex of the series. At the time of its sale by Sotheby’s in 2016, it was the most expensive pre-war car ever sold.

1-1951 Vincent Black Lightning -$929,000

This particular 1951 Vincent Black Lightning was in its original form, completely unrestored and in healthy running condition.

 

2 – 1915 Cyclone Board Track Racer-$852,500

Only 12 Cyclones are known to exist, and this one was owned by Steve McQueen. The short-lived but spectacular success of the Cyclone brand and the bike’s remarkable design which was bleeding edge at the time, Cyclones were rare even in their day, let alone one in such pristine condition a century later. Another example was sold for $551,200.

3-1907 Harley-Davidson “Strap Tank” Single -$715,000

This bike is one of the first 100 Harley-Davidsons ever built. Its serial number suggests it was the 37th bike made in 1907, making it the 94th Harley-Davidson overall, including the original two prototypes.  It comes with an elegant patina that takes a good 100 years to perfect, and all of its parts are original and in fantastic condition for a motorcycle of its age.

4- The 1942 Crocker V-Twin Big Tank – $704,000

Crocker, a company based in California, only produced 72 V-twin motorcycles and this example was one of them. Interestingly, this model was lucky to exist at all, since Crocker was actually limited to wartime restrictions and was unable to manufacturer any more models thanks to the war effort.

5-1929 Brough Superior SS100 ‘Alpine Grand Sports’- $492,973

Vintage example in Alpine Grand Sports specification, boasting matching registration, frame and engine numbers – designed to honor the legendary Alpine Trial.  Prior examples sold in November of 2012 in pristine condition with the correct engine and frame numbers, a record card from the factory, and a full and well-documented ownership history went for $452,234 (£280,800), and before that in October 2010 for US$448,156 (£286,000)

6 – 1939 BMW RS255 Kompressor -$480,000

This machine was a private project built using many parts sourced directly from the BMW factory using Zeller’s influence. Though not an original works machine, this recreation of a BMW RS255 Kompressor used a genuine 1939 BMW RS255 Kompressor engine, a 1951 Rennsport “plunger” frame, plus numerous modifications.

7-1922 Brough Superior SS80 – US$463,847

Nicknamed “Old Bill”, this bike was ridden extensively by George Brough himself, won more than 50 races with George in the saddle and was sold with an extensive, well-documented history which included ownership by “Titch” Allen, the well-known President of the Vintage Motorcycle Club.

8 – 1958 Ariel 650 Cyclone – US$450,000

This bike is the limited edition 1958 Ariel Cyclone 650 which 1950s musical sensation Buddy Holly bought from Ray Miller’s Triumph and Ariel dealership in Dallas, Texas on May 13, 1958. The model that caught Holly’s eye just happened to be a limited edition Ariel Cyclone 650, one of only 172 ever made.  The Ariel’s stellar price is hence testimony to the provenance of ownership which included two of music’s all-time greats.

9 – 1951 Vincent White Shadow – $434,000

While everyone always waxes lyrical about the rare Black Shadow, the White Shadow is rarer still, with only 15 having ever been made between the years 1949 and 1952. The main difference from the White and Black is the bare metal engine cases on the White compared with the blacked out versions on the Black. And what makes this example even more special is that it is the one of its kind to be finished in Chinese Red – a color that is usually only found on the Vincent Rapide.

10-The 1911 Flying Merkel Board Track Racer – $423,000

It was widely believed that there were no Flying Merkel motorcycles left in the world until one surfaced at auction a few years ago. Joseph Merkel only manufactured motorcycles for a mere 15 years and traded under three different names: Merkel, Merkel Light, and most famously Flying Merkel. The bike was in storage since WWII.

1-Patek Philippe Ref. 6300A-010 Grandmaster Chime – $31.2M

This is a unique stainless steel version of a timepiece introduced in 2014 to mark the watchmaker’s 175th anniversary. The double-face reversible watch boasts 1,366 movement components and 214 case components and features 20 complications, including a perpetual calendar, a minute repeater, a second time zone, a leap year cycle and esoteric chiming mechanisms known as grand and petite sonneries.

2-PAUL NEWMAN’S ROLEX DAYTONA –  $17.8M

A gift to Paul Newman from his wife actress Joanne Woodward. Art deco in style, the 1968 Daytona reference 6239 was engraved with “Drive Carefully, Me” by wife and actress Joanne Woodward. Paul went on to gift the watch to his daughter’s boyfriend at the time, who donated a sizable amount of the sale to the Nell Newman Foundation.

3-PATEK PHILIPPE REF. 1518 – $11.1M

Patek Philippe produced the 1518 model in 1941, making it the first perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch every produced in a series.

4-Patek Philippe Ref. 2523 – $9M

A unique 18k pink gold two-crown world time wristwatch with 24-hour indication and double-signed blue enamel dial manufactured in 1953. The watch is the only known reference 2523 to feature both Patek Philippe’s signature and that of the prestigious Milan retailer Gobbi.

5-Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 6265 “The Unicorn” – $5.9 M

A unique 18k white gold chronograph wristwatch with black dial and bark finished bracelet, circa 1970. 

6-Patek Philippe Ref. 1527 – $5.7M

A unique 18k gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and tonneau-shaped case, manufactured in 1943 and famed for its unusual-for-the-time size (37.6 mm) and dial layout, which presaged some of the watchmaker’s most iconic models. 

7-Rolex Ref. 6062 “Bao Dai” – $5M

A diamond-encrusted triple calendar wristwatch with moon phase in 18-karat yellow gold commissioned by the last emperor of Vietnam in 1954. The timepiece is one of only three black dial Rolex models known to be set with diamond markers. 

8-Patek Philippe 18K Minute Repeater – $4.6M

Arguably the greatest watch collector of the 20th century, if not all time, Henry Graves Jr. commissioned this Patek Philippe unique 18k gold tonneau-shaped minute repeating wristwatch. Movement no. 97,589, manufactured in 1895, and case no. 605,759, manufactured in 1927, were sold to Graves on June 16, 1928, with an engraving of the Graves family coat-of-arms and the family motto: Esse Quam Videri (“to be rather than to seem”).

9-Patek Philippe Ref. 2458 – $4M

A unique platinum chronometer wristwatch with Guillaume balance, Bulletin d’Observatoire, additional diamond-set dial and platinum bracelet, commissioned by the American lawyer J.B. Champion in 1952.

10-Patek Philippe Ref. 1526 – $3.9M

A unique stainless steel perpetual calendar wristwatch manufactured in 1949, with phases of the moon, magnetic balance and applied painted Arabic numerals that belonged to Briggs Cunningham II.

        1. Wine

1-Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru $558,000 (second example sold for $496,000)

The Romanée-Conti, with 4.5 acres, is considered their best vineyard and is where the grapes used at the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru come from.

2-Domaine Leroy Musigny Grand Cru $551,314

Under the direction of Lalou Bize-Leroy, Domaine Leroy produces some of the best red Burgundies. All of the farming is biodynamic.

3-SCREAMING EAGLE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 1992 – $500,000

Thanks to the rarity and the small quantities of wine produced from here, the wine has achieved cult status.

4-JEROBOAM OF CHATEAU MOUTON-ROTHSCHILD 1945 – $310,700

Coming from the vineyards of Nathaniel Rothschild who bought the estate in 1853, today these wines are among the most valued in the world. The ‘V’ in the 1945 label indicates the victory of the Allied forces in the Second World War, and this is considered one of the best vintages of the last century.

5-1947 CHEVAL BLANC – $304,375

The 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc is considered by many to be the best Bordeaux ever made. Chateau Cheval Blanc is one of the most prestigious winemakers in the world and has been the recipient of the super-exclusive Premier Grand Cru Classe (A) rank in the Classification of Saint-Emilion wine in 2012

6-SHIPWRECKED 1907 HEIDSIECK – $275,000

The wine was intended originally only for the last tsar of Russia, Nicholas II. When the ship carrying the wine sank in 1916, the wine was thought to be lost, till 2,000 bottles of this wine were discovered in 1997.  The ship had been torpedoed by a German submarine during the First World War and for 80 years, this wine had been at freezing temperatures, left undisturbed and away from any source of light.

7-CHATEAU LAFITE 1869 – $230,000

The auctioneers were expecting a mere $8,000 when it went up for auction in Hong Kong, but the highest bid reached $230,000 for each of the three bottles, by an anonymous buyer from Asia. Chateau Lafite is considered an extremely rare and luxury item in Asia.

8-CHATEAU MARGAUX 1787 – $225,000

Thomas Jefferson was a famous oenophile, and when he was serving as an ambassador to France, he often bought bottles from Bordeaux and Burgundy. This particular bottle was owned by William Solokin who priced it at $225,000, and took it to a Four Season Hotel for a dinner to celebrate it, where a waiter bumped against the table by accident, making the bottle shatter to bits.  Another bottle of wine from 1787 a Chateau Lafite belonging to Thomas Jefferson was bought by publishing mogul Malcolm Forbes for $156,450 in 1985. To display his new acquisition, Forbes had put it in a glass case and placed it under halogen spotlights that dried out the cork, already placed at a wrong angle, and it dropped into the bottle, making its value come down to $0.

9-AMPOULE FROM PENFOLDS – $168,000

These ampoules, without any cork, screwcap or any other kind of seal, are solely commercial releases by South Australia’s most famous winery Penfolds. The tasting of the wine is an experience in itself, as the ampoules, coming in a container of glass prism and in a wooden cabinet, can be opened only by breaking off the end.

10-1811 CHATEAU D’YQUEM – $117,000

Holding the Guinness World Record for being the most expensive bottle of white wine ever sold, this bottle from the harvest of 1811 at the Chateau d’Yquem was so good that many opined it to be the best white wine ever made.

        1. Whisky

1,2,3. Macallan 1926 60 Year Old Cask 263- $1.9M, $1.5M and $1.1M

The Macallan 1926 from legendary cask number 263 is known as the “holy grail” of whisky. The cask, which was distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986 following a 60-year maturation period in Sherry-seasoned European oak casks, produced only 40 bottles. Twelve were given to artist Peter Blake to design, and another 12 were set aside for artist Valerio Adami, with one bottle hand-painted by an Irish artist Michael Dillon. The cask 263 batch has produced six record-setting bottles beginning in 1986 when one sold in New York for $6,411, setting the Guinness record for “The World’s Most Expensive Spirit.” In October 2019 a bottle was sold for $1.9M, with the previous record of $1.5 for the Michael Dillon painted bottle in November 2018, and prior to that another bottle from the same cask sold for $1.1M.

4- THE MACALLAN M – USD 628,205

The 6 liter bottle of The Macallan M is one of the oldest and most expensive whiskeys in the world, aged in Spanish Oak for 25 to over 75 years.

5-THE MACALLAN 64 IN LALIQUE CIRE PERDUE – USD 464,000

The drink is comprised of three different types of whiskeys from 1942, 1945, and 1946 that are aged in Spanish oak barrels. The decanter that houses this whiskey is unique and was exclusively designed by the iconic French glassmaker Lalique.

6,9-Karuizawa 52 Year Old 1960 $435,273 (and $315,000)

The 52 Year was the oldest to ever have been released from the distillery and one of only 41 bottles ever produced. Each bottle was uniquely identified by an individual netsuke carved from the oak cask head of cask #5627.

7,8-Yamazaki 50-year-old 1955 (2005 First edition) $429,798 (and $343,000)

There is a total of three editions of 50-year-old Yamazaki. The first edition was bottled in 2005, the second in 2007 and the third in 2011. Only 50 bottles were produced for the first edition. This oldest expression from the famous Japanese distillery, the whisky was matured in casks made from mizunara (Japanese Oak) before being bottled and released

10 -Yamazaki 50-year-old 1961 (2011 Third edition) $298,879

The third edition, bottled in 2011 had only 150 bottles produced. The bottle is signed by Suntory’s Master Blender Fukuyo Shinji.

        1. Cognac

1. Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne – $2M

This cognac comes from the Dudognon family, who’ve been in the business since 1776. The Cognac itself has aged in the barrel for more than a century, but it’s the bottle that accounts for the majority of this hefty price tag. The most expensive bottle of cognac in history comes bottled in crystal, it is 24-karat gold dipped with Sterling platinum and features 6,500 certified cut diamonds as decoration.

2-1801 Massougnes – $289,000

What makes this cognac a priced possession is the rarity of its possible procurement. While owners at Hermitage Cognacs luckily secured some via a source, its supplies are reported to have dried up about 10 years ago.

3-1805 Massougnes – $260,400 (prior price for a similar bottle was $182,000)

This amazing Cognac was created in the very same year as the Battle of Trafalgar and belonged to Comtesse de la Bourdeliere, Marie-Antoinette des Allees, the last remaining direct descendant of King Louis VII, whose family owns the former Cognac producing Massougnes estate.

4. Hennessy Beaute du Siecle -$194, 927

This bottle of cognac features exceptional work and craftsmanship with decanter designed by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel.

5. Croizet Cognac Leonie 1858 – $156,760

A bottle of cognac just like the one that sold in 2011 is said to have been taken out of France during World War II and opened by President Eisenhower.

6. Cognac Brugerolle 1795 – $149,943

Napoleon himself was accompanied by a bottle of 1795 cognac on his conquest to rule the world. Considered to be the last of its kind in the world

7. 1762 Gautier Cognac – $59,500

Circa 1840, the 1762 Gautier Cognac bottle is one of the oldest authenticated vintage cognacs known. In 1840, it featured a handwritten label, wax seal, and a driven cork. The makers of this historic bottle of cognac have been in operation since the early 1700s.

8. Remy Martin’s Louis XIII Grande Champagne Très Vieille Age Inconnu – $44,630

The Baccarat crystal decanter contains Louis XIII Grande Champagne Très Vieille Age Inconnu cognac dating back to the mid-19th Century, a crown jewel of the House of Rémy Martin.  The “Age Inconnu” is exactly the same cognac as the “Louis XIII Rarest Reserve” except that Remy Martin used that name for all bottles sold outside the US until 1962 while they used the name Louis XIII on the US market from 1936 onward. In 1963 the name “Age Inconnu” was retired and the cognac became “Louis XIII” to the entire world.

9. Rémy Martin Black Pearl Louis XIII – $16,000

Named after King Louis XIII, the Remy Martin Black Pearl Louis XIII features a highly structured taste. Only 775 decanters of the flavorful cognac were released.

10. Camus Cuvee 5.150 – $13,500.

Camus Cuvee 5.150 was the fifth release in cognac maker Camus’ master collection. With only 1,482 of these bottles made, the crystal decanter is also accompanied by two tasting glasses. This specific cognac features a blend of five distinct and rare eaux-de-vie from five different regions.

        1. Champagne

1-1907 Heidsieck – $275,000

Found in 1997 on a shipwreck in the ocean.

2-1996 Dom Perignon Rose Gold Methuselah – $49,000

Only 35 of this bottle was ever sold, it is plated gold, and you receive the equivalent of six liters

3-1820 Juglar Cuvee – $43,500

The House of Juglar ceased to exist in the 1840s, but this is one spirited bottle that overcame sea limbo after a shipwreck

4-1959 Dom Perignon – $42,350

In 1971, the Shah of Iran ordered several bottles of the first vintage of Dom Pérignon Rosé chilly served in Persepolis at the lavish festivities celebrating the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great. Only 306 bottles of the 1959 Rosé Vintage were ever produced—and they were never officially sold.

5-1841 Veuve Clicquot – $34,000

Veuve Clicquot remains an elite brand today, but an 1841 bottle from a Baltic Sea shipwreck is ultra-rare

6-1928 Krug – $21,200

An excellent summer in 1928 and consequently an ideal harvest situation at the end of September conspired to produce this legendary, distinctly rich fermented vintage

7-Louis Roederer, Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvee Methuselah – $18,800

Cristal Brut 1990 Millennium Cuvee Methuselah is the equivalent of six liters or eight normal bottles in this case. There’s also the factor of rarity, as this particular Champagne is known to have only 2,000 similar bottles produced.

8-Shipwrecked Champagne –$14,182

A team of divers out in the Baltic Sea in 2010 spotted a shipwreck with a box containing Champagne bottles some of which are 200-year-old vintage still intact and in good condition. 

9-Dom Pérignon Rosé by David Lynch (Jeroboam, 3 Liter) 1998 — $11,179

The bottle is one of 10 designed by Hollywood director David Lynch specifically for Dom Perignon.

10-Armand de Brignac Brut Gold (Ace of Spades) (6 Liter) — $6,500

This is the label’s 6-liter flagship cuveé, pressed from a perfectly balanced blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier wine.

10.1-Champagne Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 1995 — $3,999

This single-vineyard Champagne was developed, vinified, and aged by the Krug brothers for 15 years and debuted with one of the highest-ever price tags for a newly released wine. The Clos d’Ambonnay of which only 250 cases were released is a Blanc de Noirs made entirely from Pinot Noir.

  1. Coins

1.Flowing Hair Silver/Copper Dollar (1794/5) – $10 Million

The United States Mint first opened its doors in 1792, only minting copper and patterned coins for two years, before moving on to mint silver coins. This was the very first silver coin to be minted and issued by the U.S Federal Government. Coin collectors have managed to preserve this historic and highly valuable coin for more than 200 years, which adds even more value to the coins story and price tag. 

2-Double Eagle (1933) –  $7.6 Million

In 1933 almost 500,000 twenty-dollar gold pieces were minted, and almost immediately recalled from the general public and melted by the mint, due to the then President, Theodore Roosevelt, banning anyone from owning gold, but a small amount of 1993 dated Double Eagles escaped from the mint’s vaults. It’s still illegal to own one of these coins, and if you’re found with one, it will be seized immediately. However, one private owner managed to acquire a coin, which was originally owned by King Farouk of Egypt and was then forced to sell the coin and split the proceeds with the U.S mint. 

3-Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle (1907) – $7.6 Million

The Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle 1907 is a coin that proved to be more difficult to produce in large quantities than expected.  The U.S Mints chief engraver, chose to remove the words, “In God We Trust” from the coin, but this did not go down well with Congress.

4-Brasher Doubloon (1787) – $7.4 Million

The 1787 Brasher Doubloon, was the result of one man’s goal to convince the New York State to use copper coins instead of gold. However, the State did not agree with Ephraim Brashers plan and said that they didn’t want any new coins to be made of copper. Mr Brasher, a New York silversmith, who lived next door to George Washington, ignored the state and struck the copper coins as well as a small batch of gold Doubloons, this unique piece being one of just seven that were minted in 22-carat gold. This particular example is the only one to have Brasher’s hallmark initials punched on the eagle’s breast; the others, including one in the Smithsonian, have “EB” stamped on the eagle’s wing. It was the first gold coin in the denomination dollars, and it set forth how US monetary system would move forward. The specifications of this coin are almost identical to the Lima Doubloons and the earlier Spanish coins of that time period.  Los Angeles-based PCAG is currently offering the coin privately at an asking price of $15 million.

5-Edward III Florin (1343) – $6.8 Million

The coin is approximately 670 years and it’s one of only three of the same coins to have survived the centuries thus far. Known as a “double leopard,” it had a face value of about six shillings when it was circulated throughout December 1343 to July 1344 in medieval England. Not only is this coin one of the most expensive coins in the world, but it’s also one of the rarest, and it’s highly likely that no other identical coins will ever be found. 

6-Umayyad Gold Dinar 723 AD – $5.5 Million

This Dinar was minted in Damascus in 723 AD from gold originating from a mine owned by the caliph himself and is the first of its kind to mention a particular location in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

7-Liberty Head Nickel – Morton-Smith-Eliaspberg (1913) – $4.5 Million

One of only five known specimens, this version is considered to be the finest known example on the planet. One of the reasons for its value and rarity is its beautiful mirror-like surface. It’s the only one, out of the five, that’s finished like this, making it even more valuable to collectors and coin enthusiasts. 

8-Silver Dollar Class 1 – 1804 – (The Watters-Childs Specimen) – $4.1 Million

The specimen of the “King of U.S Coins” is the world’s best-known example of an 1804 Silver dollar. It has been graded 68, by PCGS and had some rather impressive owners over the years, including, The Sultan of Muscat, Henry Chapman, Virgil Brand and the Poque family. 

9-Bust Dollar – Class 1 – Dexter-Poque Specimen 1804 -$3.8 Million

This particular coin is extremely unique and valuable, due to its long-standing history, and having a small “D” printed in one of the clouds on the reverse of the coin, which indicated that it belonged to a very wealthy Numismatist, named James V. Dexter. The coin was first discovered in Germany in 1804 and is highly desirable amongst coin collectors, as there are only eight known class 1 coins ever made. 

10-Liberty Head Nickel (1913) – Hawaii Five-O Star – $3.7 Million

The coin was one of five original Liberty Head Nickels, that was stolen from the mint by an ex-employee and somehow made their way into private auctions and coin collections.

  1. Banknotes

1-1890 Grand Watermelon Bill – $3.2M

There are only seven known “Grand Watermelon” notes today, which makes it one of the rarest and most sought-after pieces in American paper currency. Despite its playful name, which comes from the fact that the large zeros on the note look like watermelons, this note is an icon of American financial history and is known worldwide.

2-1891 Red Seal $1,000 Bill – $2.5M

This note is believed to be only one of two in existence. It features a portrait of U.S. General George Meade, a man once described as “a damned old goggle-eyed snapping turtle”.

3-1882 $500 Gold Certificate, USA $1.4M

This is the only $500 1882 Federal Reserve gold certificate in existence, besides another specimen at the Smithsonian Institution. It was one of the first banknotes printed in the United States, discovered following the execution of a turn of the century banker’s will. The banker had near mint collection of banknotes, some of them dating back to the Civil War.

4-1924 Australian 1,000 Pound Banknote – $1.2M

This is the only known note to be outside of a museum since 1988 when it was last sold for €72,959.

5-Australia 1918 First £1 Banknote – $1.1 million

This very first Australian one pound note was discovered languishing in a storeroom at the National Library in Canberra, much to the chief librarian’s delight. 

6-Australia 1913 First Modern 10 Shilling Banknote: $755,000 

Australia’s first modern 10 shilling banknote, which boasts a serial number of 00001

7-USA 1931 Rare $10 Silver Certificate – $500,000 

This 1931 $10 silver certificate has one very special attribute – its first off the press serial number of A00000001A

8-USA 1880 Fr. 1851 $500 Bill – $411,250

The only Bruce/Roberts-signed $500 legal tender bill in private hands – the rest are held at the Smithsonian and the Federal Reserve

9-USA 1863 $20 Gold Certificate – $352,500

While a total of 48,000 1863 $20 gold certificates were issued, only six survived. This ultra-rare example is one of the best

10-China 1904/1908 One Yuan/Dollar Banknote – $322,000 

A world record for a Chinese banknote, this Qwing dynasty one yuan/dollar banknote uniquely features two years – 1904 on the back and 1908 on the front, the years of printing and issuing respectively.

1-British Guiana 1856 1¢ Magenta – $9.5 million

The world’s most valuable stamp and then some, the British Guiana 1856 1 cent magenta is the only known example in existence. A delivery of stamps from London to British Guiana in 1856 had been delayed and so the 1c Magenta was created in limited numbers to ensure continued trade and communication on the island. Both the symbolic colony’s Latin motto and the fact that there is only one known to exist make this stamp a real rarity.

2-China 1897 Small One Dollar Red Revenues – $3.8 million each

China’s Red Revenue stamps are renowned for fetching astronomical prices, and the rare ‘Small One Dollar’ series is the most sought-after. The original block of four, considered the crown jewel of Chinese philately, sold for $15.2 million in 2009.

3-USA 1868 1¢ Benjamin Franklin Z Grill – $3 million

The 1868 Benjamin Franklin Z Grill is the rarest and most valuable of all US postage stamps. This example, which belongs to storied collector William H. Gross and is listed in the Scott Catalogue for $3 million (£2.3m), is only one of two in existence.

4-Sweden 1855 3sk Treskilling Yellow – $2.3 million

This 19th-century Swedish stamp is the only example known to exist. This Treskilling (three schilling) was printed in yellow rather than the usual blue-green, and quality control failed to pick up the error at the time.

5-China 1968 8f The Whole Country is Red – $2 million 

This Chinese stamp was recalled within a day of issue after it was discovered that Taiwan was incorrectly printed in white. One of just nine in existence, this is a pristine unused example.

6-Mauritius 1847 1 & 2 Penny ‘Post Office’ – $2 million each

Much prized by collectors, the Mauritius ‘Post Office’ stamps were the first British Empire stamps produced outside the British Empire. These stamps were modeled on the British stamps with an image of Queen Victoria, and only 26 copies are known to still exist.

7-USA 1918 24¢ Inverted Jenny – $1.6 million

In 1918, the Curtiss JN-4 airplane was accidentally printed upside down on 24 cent stamps.  Only 100 copies made it through printing, which is why the Inverted Jenny is valued so highly.

8-Germany 1851 9k Baden Error – $1.5 million

Germany’s most valuable stamp came about as a result of a color error. The Baden 9 kreuzer stamp should have been printed in pink but green ink was used by mistake on a batch produced in 1851. Only four specimens remain.

9-USA 1847 5¢ Alexandria ‘Blue Boy’ Postmaster’s Provisional – $1 million

This ultra-rare stamp, the only example on blue paper which is known to exist, was issued in Alexandria, DC, in 1847. Its extreme rarity makes it one of the world’s most valuable stamps. Valued at $1 million in 1981, it could be worth up to $2.8 million today.

10-USA 1851 2¢ Hawaiian Missionary – $619,500

Despite the cheap blue paper that the Hawaiian Missionaries stamp was printed on, these are amongst the rarest and most valuable stamps of all time. The Hawaiian Missionaries were the first stamps to be produced in Hawaii and were predominantly used in correspondence between missionaries, hence their name. Although the stamps were in regular use until as late as 1856, of the four values issued only about 200 have survived, of which 28 are unused, and 32 are on cover (envelope). The 2-cent is the rarest of the Hawaiian Missionaries, with 15 copies recorded, only one of which is unused.

10.1 Original 1840 Penny Black – $65,000

Created in 1840, The Penny Black was the world’s first stamp and is one of the most iconic stamps in the world. Around 68million of these were produced, and it’s not rare if used, but extremely rare in perfect mint condition.

  1. Baseball

1-1909 T206 “Jumbo” Honus Wagner – $3.12 million

This PSA 5 graded card is one of only about 50 known copies in existence. The “Jumbo Wagner” earned its nickname due to a mis-cut that makes the card larger in size (2 11/16” in height instead of the standard 2 5/8”) and gives it a slightly wider white border. The PSA 8 graded “Gretzky”T206 Wagner, previously owned by NHL “Great One” Wayne Gretzky, held the previous sales-price record of $2.8 million. Wagner himself is the reason for the card’s rarity, as the Pittsburgh Pirates star barred the American Tobacco Company from continuing production of the card, either because he didn’t want children to buy cigarettes to acquire his card or because he wanted to get paid more for his likeness.

2-1952 Topps #311 Mickey Mantle –  $2.88 million

PSA 9 graded card is one of a few copies of the most recognizable sports card in the entire hobby. The first Mantle card ever issued by Topps, it came out the same year that “The Mick” won his second of seven World Series rings with the Bronx Bombers, hitting 23 home runs. Being a “high number” card (cards 311 – 407 in the set) means that fewer Mickey Mantle rookie cards were printed than the average 1952 Topps baseball card in the first place and many high number cards were famously dumped into the ocean leaving even less of them in existence. To date, about 150 have been graded as a 7 or higher by PSA, SGC, and Beckett.

3-Mike Trout Rookie Card -$900,000

This copy of the card has a Gem Mint 9.5 grade from Beckett Grading. The signature received a grade of 10. This 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Red Refractor Autograph, sold for more than double the price of $400,000 two years ago.  With five copies, the Red Refractor is the second rarest version of Trout’s top card (this particular card is 5/5). 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft has his first autograph in a MLB uniform.

4-1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle – $750,000

PSA 9 graded card of Mantle’s official rookie card. This incredibly important card is beautiful in design, depicting nice artwork of Mantle ready at the bat. A PSA 9 mint condition 1951 Bowman #253 Mickey Mantle previously sold for $588,000. This card has several unique features, with Mantle wearing No. 6, instead of  his famed No. 7 and the horizontal layout is one of only 39 printed that way in the 324-card set.

5-1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth – $717,000

This PSA 7 graded card shows a young Ruth in a Boston Red Sox uniform before they traded him to the rival New York Yankees.  A higher PSA of the same M101-5 version (or from the nearly identical M101-4 set) would be expected to command over $1 million.

The 1916 Ruth was “a collectible business card”, as Chicago-based printer Felix Mendelsohn ran off the cards with blank backs, which enabled businesses to add their own advertising to the back.  This card, the key to the 200-card M101-5 set, is often found off-center and features a variety of advertising backs, although most existing copies exhibit blank backs. There were as many as 16 businesses advertised, but The Sporting News reverse is the most coveted.

6-1963 Topps Pete Rose – $717,000

This is the only one PSA 10 copy currently in circulation, which makes it extremely difficult to find. There have been 3,711 rookie cards of “The Hit King” graded by PSA, and only this one has been graded as “Gem Mint.”

7-1909-11 T206 White Border Eddie Plank -$700,000

This PSA 7 graded copy is in great condition, while many of the known examples found with poor centering from top to bottom. There are only about 75 T206 Planks in existence, and this is the second most desirable card in the famed T206 set and the only pose of the HOF pitcher. The exact reason for the T206 Plank’s scarcity has been lost to time, with the most prevalent theory being that the card suffered from a poor printing plate, resulting in many of the cards being destroyed since they could not pass quality control, but others speculating that Plank, who like Wagner was stridently anti-tobacco, objected to being used to promote the American Tobacco Company.

8-1909 American Caramel E90-1 Joe Jackson – $667,149

This is a PSA 8.5 graded copy of the player’s rookie card. Like Rose, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson is the symbol of the disgraced American sports hero, who was banned from baseball following the “Black Sox Scandal” of allegedly fixing the 1919 World Series.

9-1909 T206 Sherry Magee  – $660,000

The 1909 T206 Sherry “Magie” is considered the most celebrated “error” in baseball card history, with Magee’s name initially spelled “Magie” before being corrected.  This PSA 8 graded example is the best-preserved example of this piece of history.

10-1968 Topps Nolan Ryan – $612,359

While this Ryan rookie card is relatively plentiful, as of August 2018, PSA has graded 8,279 copies, only one of this players debut issue has been graded a PSA 10 which explains the sky high price

10.1-1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth – $575,000

This A PSA 2 graded version of “pre-rookie” card of Ruth is one of rarest cards in the hobby with 10 copies known to exist and can be found with either blue or red borders. In early 1914, Jack Dunn of the minor league Baltimore Orioles signed Ruth to a professional baseball contract. Financial problems would cause Dunn to sell Ruth’s contract to the Boston Red Sox later that year.

10.2 – Mike Trout’s 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Superfractor – $3.936 M

This card passes Honus Wagner for the title of Most Expensive Baseball Card Ever Sold and in fact the highest selling sports card of all times.  The original owner bought it for $400,000The card shows Trout at the plate for the Angles’ minor league affiliate. It’s signed by Trout himself in blue marker.

  1. Basketball

1-Giannis Antetokounmpo – $1.812M

A rare Giannis Antetokounmpo signed rookie card becomes the most expensive basketball card in history, eclipsing the $1.8 million paid for a LeBron James rookie card in July 2020. The card also features the NBA “Logoman” patch from one of Giannis’ game-worn jerseys.

2-Lebron James – $1.845M

This rookie card has broken the record for modern day trading cards as the most expensive basketball card ever and the first ever card to cross $1M. Only 23 of the LBJ 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite cards were made, the James card, #14 in the set graded BGS 9.5 (10 autograph score for perfect legibility and lossless quality) in Gem Mint condition and signed by James in blue ink and contains a patch of jersey from his rookie season with Cavaliers. It was originally sold in a pack of 4 that went for $125.

3- MICHAEL JORDAN, LEBRON JAMES – $900,000

This super rare 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection All-NBA Access LeBron James/Michael Jordan Dual Patches 1/1 BGS rated NM-MT+ 8.5 card is the most expensive basketball card ever, and one of the most expensive in history, with only 3 other cards selling at $900,000 or more.

4-1969-70 Lew Alcindor Rookie Card – $501,900

Dating to a time before Lew Alcindor changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, this is one of only two cards in existence given the Gem Mint rating by PSA.   A second PSA 10 Alcindor/Abdul-Jabbar rookie card was sold earlier for only $240,000.

5-George Mikan RC – $403,664

This is a PSA 10 graded example of the legendary center, who was the game’s first unstoppable big man and set the bar for other big men like Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell who would soon follow.

6-Michael Jordan – $350,100 

Card dubbed the “Holy Grail”, the Chicago Bulls legend’s 1997-98 Precious Metal Gems (PMG) Green card is one of only 10 ever made, and one of only 3 believed by experts to be in circulation. It is also the only card to be authenticated by the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) service, but not given a grade, although the foil embossed collectible appears to be in excellent condition.

7-LeBron James – $312,000

This 2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Logos card is more of a manufactured rarity since only one was created, but such is the nature of the most expensive 21st century trading cards.  The NBA logo was taken from a jersey James wore as a teenager, posing at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.  

8-LUKA DONCIC – $237,777

This 2018-19 Panini National Treasures Luka Doncic Rookie Card graded by BGS as 9.5 Gem Mint with a 10 for the autograph.  This is copy 77/99, his jersey number, which is one of those x-factors that can help elevate card prices.

9-Pete Maravich RC – $130,054

Pete Maravich’s RC values have skyrocketed over the past few years and it has resulted in his PSA 10 RC, the only one known to exist, to become the second most valuable basketball card of all time.

10-Bird / Erving / Magic RC – $125,000

The reason this 1980 Topps BVG 10 graded card has become so valuable is because it features three of the greatest players of all time, Dr.J, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird. Unlike some of the other cards, this one is a little more plentiful with over 20 rated 10 by PSA alone but when you consider the icons who share the same rookie card, the interest isn’t that surprising.  Other copies of the card had sold for between $75,000 and $96,000.

10.1-Michael Jordan – $60,000

The famous card has an autographed Game-Used All-Star Jersey as a special insert, and this is 7 of only 23 released.

  1. Football

1-1958 Topps Jim Brown Rookie Card – $358,500

It is one of only five examples to reach PSA 9 with none graded higher. With over 3,493 Jim Brown’s submitted to PSA so far, it’s no surprise to see only five were found in mint condition. 1958 Topps cards are notorious for having slightly off-center borders and smooth corners, which all prohibit high grades. “Jimmy” is widely considered the greatest fullback to ever set foot on the gridiron.

2-1957 Topps Bart Starr Rookie Card-$288,000

Bart Starr is the first quarterback to win a SuperBowl. He is also the first player to be a Super Bowl MVP. Because he is the first, his rookie cards are highly collectible. Furthermore, playing during the Vince Lombardi era with the Greenbay Packers winning three consecutive league championships, makes them even more sought after. This is the only known ’57 Bart Starr rookie card in a PSA 9 grade, a PSA 8 copy can be purchased for roughly $7,500.  As of today, PSA has authenticated and graded just 1,760 of these cards. Of those submitted, only three managed to make the mint 9 grade with none found in gem mint condition. Having just three PSA mint 9 copies in existence makes this one of the most valuable and rare football cards ever printed. 

3-1965 Topps Joe Namath Rookie Card-$264,000

In their ’65 set, Topps printed what is known as the “tall boy” size measuring in at roughly  2 1/2″ wide by 5″ tall. PSA 9 graded card Value is a pristine example, as the majority of these cards grade out in PSA 5 and PSA 6 conditions, because these cards are so tall, and susceptible to bending.

4-2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Card (Autograph) – $168,000

One of two autograph rookie cards on this list, PSA 9 graded Tom Brady’s 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket has become red hot after he’s racked up six Super Bowl championships. 167 of these have been graded and authenticated by PSA, with only 14 being found in gem mint 10 conditions.

5-1957 Topps Johnny Unitas Rookie Card-$167,300

Johnny Unitas was a quarterback for the Baltimore Colts from 1956 to 1973. Unitas led the Colts to NFL titles in 1958 and ’59, helped them win Super Bowl V, was chosen to five all-league teams and was Player of the Year three times. 3,229 Unitas rookies have been submitted to PSA for grading, and just 8 were declared to be in mint 9 condition. Print snow and centering are usually the two key factors that prevent the card from attaining high grade status.

6-1962 Topps Mike Ditka rookie card #17- $72,000

Mike Ditka is one of the few NFL players to successfully pull off being a player, assistant coach, head coach and broadcaster. He was an NFL champion with the 1963 Bears, and is a three-time Super Bowl champion, playing on the Cowboys Super Bowl VI team as well as winning as an assistant coach for the Cowboys in Super Bowl XII, and coaching the Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX.  There are 836 Ditka rookies graded by PSA with this being one of only 4 found in mint 9 condition and none in gem mint condition

7-1998 Playoff Contenders Ticket Peyton Manning Rookie Card – $72,000

During his tenure as starting quarterback for the Colts, Manning led the team to eight division championships, two AFC championships, and one Super Bowl title. 57 of his signed rookie ticket autographs have been submitted to PSA with only 6 declared to be in PSA 10 gem mint condition, which makes this already rare rookie card even rarer. 

8-1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski Rookie Card – $66,354

One of the NFL’s original Hall of Fame inductees in 1963, his 1935 National Chile rookie card is the most valuable football card in the hobby. Nagurski played for the Chicago Bears from 1930-1937 (and briefly returned in 1943) but is shown on the PSA 8 graded card in his University of Minnesota uniform where he was an All-American.

9-1948 Leaf Sid Luckman Rookie Card – $46,500

The PSA 8 card design features bright coloration and a nice image of Luckman tossing the ball to a would be receiver. While many cards from this set come in multiple variations, Luckman is shown on only one design.

10-1948 Leaf Bobby Layne Rookie Card – $45,000

Bobby Layne’s 1948 Leaf rookie card comes in two variations: one where he is wearing yellow pants and one with red pants. He actually spelled his name “Bobby” but Leaf chose to spell it “Bobbie” on his card instead. And they threw in his “Blonde Bomber” nickname as well. The variations, spelling, and nicknames all combine to make this PSA 9 graded card one of the most desired in the hobby

Hockey

1-Wayne Gretzky: 1979 O-Pee-Chee – $465,000

This is 1 of only 2 PSA 10 GM rated rookie cards of hockey’s greatest player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999. Gretzky held more than 60NHL records from regular season, playoff and All-Star play and is the only player in history to reach 200 points in a season and he did it four times.  This card, which is tougher than its Topps counterpart, has to contend with a few major condition obstacles including chipping along the blue border, print defects and severe rough-cuts, making PSA Mint 9 or better examples very hard to come by.

2-Bobby Hull: 1958 Topps – $150,000

This is a PSA 9 graded card, the only recognized rookie card of the Golden Jet and the key to the 1958 Topps set. Bobby Hull was one of the most powerful slapshot artists the sport has ever seen, being clocked routinely in the 115-120 mph range. Many of the Hull rookies are found with 70/30 centering or worse due to being placed in the bottom corner of the 1958 Topps uncut sheet, resulting in the centering issue. As the last card in the set, the Hull rookie has long been considered a condition rarity.

3-Bobby Orr: 1966 Topps – $125,000

A PSA 9 graded example of this card, this is the only recognized rookie card of hockey’s most legendary defenseman inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979. This card, like cards from the 1955 Bowman baseball set, is surrounded by brown borders and susceptible to chipping.

4-Georges Vezina: 1911 Imperial Tobacco – $75,000

This PSA 8 graded card is the only recognized rookie card of the man whose name is synonymous with goal-tending excellence.  He is actually the person that the most outstanding goaltender annual NHL award trophy is named after and a part of the inaugural Hockey Hall of Fame class of 1945.

5-Gordie Howe: 1951 Parkhurst – $75,000

This PSA 9 graded example is the only recognized rookie card of Mr. Hockey and the key to the set. Gordie Howe, who made his debut at the age of 18 in 1946, held virtually every offensive record until a guy named Wayne Gretzky came along. This card suffers from the typical condition obstacles associated with the issue and is very elusive in PSA NM-MT 8 or better condition.

6-Gordie Howe: 1954 Topps – $25,000

This PSA 9 graded example is the key card to the inaugural hockey set from Topps This card is very tough to locate in high-grade with chipping to the bottom blue border being the most notable condition obstacle.

7-Maurice Richard: 1990-91 OPC Premier – $15,000

Maurice Richard had the honor of leading the Montreal Canadiens to victory in many Stanley Cup titles. The 1951 Parkhust rookie card is the most valuable of the Maurice Richard cards.

8-Mario Lemieux: 1985 Topps – $14,000

Mario Lemieux is one of the best players of all time inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997. He is the only player in the history of the NHL to score five goals in five different ways in a single game when he accomplished the feat on New Years Eve in 1988.

9-Jacques Plante: 1955 Quaker Oats – $13,000

These versions are very rare and difficult to find in the market place, as they were originally distributed through boxes of Quaker Oats cereal and were therefore often damaged in transit or early on in their lives.  A Quaker Oats variation for each card was created and they are distinguished by green ink on the back (as opposed to red) as well as the tagline “Quaker Hockey Trading Card” along the bottom of the reverse.

10-Guy LaFleur: 1971 O-Pee-Chee – $12,000

Guy LaFleur is a hall of famer and a Canadian legend

1-Action Comics #1 – $3.2M

The CGC 9.0 graded version of this book is one of the 5 highest known graded versions, with only 1 higher rated version rumored to exist.  This iconic comic is well noted for debuting America’s beloved superhero-Superman. The comic also sets the stage for Superman’s home planet of Krypton. This level of prices for this book is not unprecedented, another CGC 9.0 graded copy was sold by Nicholas Cage for $2.16M, CGC 8.5 sold for $1.5M and CGC 8 for $1M, with even a CGC 6.5 version commanding $650,000.

2-Amazing Fantasy #15 – $1.1M

This is a near perfect CGC 9.8 graded specimen of a comic that marked the first ever appearance of Spider-Man back when he had webs underneath his armpits.

3-Detective Comics #27 – $1.075M

This is the highest ever graded CGC 8.0 unrestored copy of an issue where Batman makes his debut appearance. This comic also introduced Commissioner Gordon and Batman’s alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. A CGC 7.5 graded version was sold for $657,000.

4-‘All Star Comics’ #8 $936,233

This CGC 9.4 graded copy marks the first appearance of Wonder Woman in the eighth issue of “All Star Comics” from 1940. The comic book has skyrocketed in value, possibly because of the insanely popular “Wonder Woman” film. A 9.0 copy sold for $411,000. ‘Sensation Comics’ # 1, the second appearance of Wonder Woman that continues her origin story and also includes the first appearance of Wildcat and Mister Terrific with a near pristine 9.6 grade sold for $399,000.

5-‘Batman’ No. 1 $850,000

A near-mint condition, CGC 9.2-graded copy of Batman’s first comic book from 1940, this iconic comic marks the first appearance of the Joker and Catwoman.

6- Detective Comics #33 – $567,000

This CGC 9.2 graded copy isn’t Batman’s first appearance (Detective Comics #27). In this comic, when Bruce Wayne’s parents are murdered, the young child vows to fight all criminals as the iconic Batman.

7-‘Superman’ No. 1  $507,500

This book was only graded as a CGC 5.5, but is a notoriously difficult one to find in good shape. The comic was mostly distributed in cities when it was first printed in 1939, which may have resulted in a higher rate of destruction because of a lack of storage space.

8-X-Men #1- $492,000

This pristine CGC 9.8 graded copy  is the start to a beloved X-Men era. This particular issues also debuts these iconic characters: Professor X, Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Angel, Beast, Iceman, and super-villain Magneto.

9-Flash Comics #1-$450,000

This CGC 9.6 copy features the first appearances of superheroes the Flash and Hawkman. 

10-Tales of Suspense #39 – $375,000

This CGC 9.6 copy features Iron Man for the very first time, bringing to life Tony Stark, weapons scientist and the man behind Iron Man.

  1. Printed

1-Bay Psalm Book – $14M

In 1640, 20 years after the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock, the Bay Psalm Book emerged from printers in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There are 11 copies still intact today, mostly in the possession of libraries and universities. 

2-Birds of America, James Audubon — $11.5 million

Between 1827 and 1838, naturalist John James Audubon published a series of exquisite prints depicting hundreds of different North American bird species. Together, the 435 illustrations form the complete first edition of Birds of America. There are only 119 known complete copies in the world of this enormous 4 volume set. Two other copies of the book also raked in big money in the twentieth century: an $8.8 million copy in 2000 and a $7.9 million copy in 2012.

3-Daniel Bomberg’s 16th- century Babylonian Talmud – $9.3M

Famous and finely preserved edition of the Talmud, a multi-volume series printed in Venice and one of the most significant books in the history of Jewish printing. Only 14 complete sets are known to be in existence.

4-The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer — $7.5 million

A first edition of the 15th century bawd-fest sold for $7.5 million one of the dozen known copies of the 1477 first edition, and the last to be held privately.

5-First Folio, William Shakespeare — $6 million

First Folio is so rare because it is the first authoritative collection of his plays, compiled by his friends and business partners who helped run his theatre company and contains 36 plays, originally with many typographical errors. Intact copies are now among the most highly prized finds among book collectors, with only an estimated 228 out of an original 750 printed between 1622 and 1623 left in existence.

6-The Gutenberg Bible — $5.39 million

Only 48 of the books, the first to be printed with movable type, exist in the world.  The book was originally printed in folio form or as loose leaf pages that the owner would then get bound to their preference.

7-Traité des arbres fruitiers [Treatise on Fruit Trees],— $4.5 million

The book was written by botanist Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau and contained five separate volumes filled with detailed illustrations. Illustrated by Pierre Antoine Poiteau and Pierre Jean François Turpin.

8-The First Book of Urizen, William Blake — $2.5 million

Originally printed in 1794, The First Book of Urizen is one of the major pieces in Blake’s series of prophetic works. There are only 8 known surviving copies.

9-Don Quixote – $1.5M

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra published the first Don Quixote de La Mancha in 1605. 

10-Tamerlane and Other Poems – $662,500

Edgar Allen Poe, one of the earliest American poets, published his first collection of poems anonymously. Poe claimed to have written the work before he turned 14; it was published

Manuscripts

1-Book of Mormon – $35M

Handwritten printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Dating back to 1830, this volume was used to print the earliest copies of the Book of Mormon bought by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

2-The Codex Leicester, Leonardo da Vinci — $30.8 million

The most famous of da Vinci’s scientific journals, the 72-page notebook is filled with the great thinker’s handwritten musings and theories on everything from fossils to the movement of water to what makes the moon glow. The manuscript was first purchased in 1717 by Thomas Coke, who later became the Earl of Leicester, and then, in 1980, bought from the Leicester estate by art collector Armand Hammer (whose name the manuscript bore for the fourteen years he owned it). In 1994, Bill Gates nabbed the journal at auction for $30,800,000, making it the most expensive book ever purchased.

3-Northumberland Bestiary – $24M

The bestiary served as a sort of religious animal encyclopedia. It was made in 13th century England, by unknown monks

4-Magna Carta – $21M

The Magna Carta, the thirteenth-century charter that laid the foundation for the future of the law as we know it, is one of the most famous texts in history.  The Magna Carta, also known as Magna Carta Libertatum, is a charter drafted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and agreed to by King John of England, to make peace between him and a group of rebellious barons. Today, only 17 copies predating 1300 survive.

5-St Cuthbert Gospel -$14.7M

The St Cuthbert Gospel or Stonyhurst Gospel is a pocket gospel book written in Latin from the 8th century. What makes this book unique is that it’s one of the first examples of bookbinding in the world.

6-Rothschild Prayer Book – $13.6M

Also called Rothschild Hours, the Rothschild Prayer Book is a Flemish illuminated manuscript book of hours (a popular type of Christian book complete with prayers and psalms). The manuscript was compiled by several artists circa 1500 CE and has 254 folios.

7-The Gospels of Henry the Lion, Order of Saint Benedict — $11.7 million

Originally commissioned by Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony, for the altar of the Virgin Mary at the Brunswick Cathedral. At 266 pages, including 50 full-page illustrations, the book is considered a masterpiece of the 12th century Romanesque illuminated manuscript.

8-QUR’AN LEAF PALIMPSEST ON VELLUM – $4.9M

The folio was identified to be part of Ṣan‘ā’ Palimpsest from the mid-7th century CE, with a possible linkage to Medina. Written in Hijazi script, the folio measures 36.3 x 28cm, with 28-30 lines to the page. Verses are separated by clusters of short sepia dashes, one medallion of red, green, and sepia.

9-The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling — $3.98 million

Before this book, meant to be the same children’s book that figures heavily in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, became a mass-market paperback, J.K. Rowling created seven original copies, each one handwritten and illustrated by Rowling herself. Six were given to friends and editors, one of the seven was put sold, making it the most expensive modern manuscript ever purchased at auction.

10- Jane Austen the Watsons – $1.1M

An autographed manuscript of Jane Austen’s unpublished novel The Watsons, he original manuscript of the novel covered eighty pages. On Jane Austen’s death it was left to her sister Cassandra and then passed to other family relations until it was divided up in 1915. The smaller part was later acquired by the Morgan Library in 1925 and the remaining larger portion went through various hands until it was bought by the Bodleian in 2011.

1-Waldseemüller America map – $10M

The map, whose full name is Universalis cosmographia secundum Ptholomaei traditionem et Americi Vespucii aliorumque lustrationes (“The Universal Cosmography according to the Tradition of Ptolemy and the Discoveries of Amerigo Vespucci and others”), is a printed wall map of the world created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller in 1507. This is the only surviving copy of this map, which is the first to use the name “America” to describe the New World.

2-Ptolemy’s Cosmographia (atlas) – $3,991,970

1477 first illustrated edition with 26 copperplate maps of Ptolemy’s Cosmographia, translated by humanist Giacomo d’Angelo da Scarperia published in Bologna by Dominicus de Lapis with the erroneous colophon date of 23 June 1462

3-Battista Agnese atlas of the world (atlas) – $2,770,500

This portolan atlas is attributed to Battista Agnese (1514‒64), one of the most important Italian Renaissance cartographers. Of Genoese origin, Agnese was active in Venice from 1536 until his death. He produced approximately 100 manuscript atlases, of which more than 70 still exist, either with his signature or attributed to his studio. Considered works of art for their high quality and beauty, the atlases are mostly portolan, or nautical, atlases printed on vellum for high-ranking officials or wealthy merchants rather than for use at sea

4-Abel Buell USA Map – $2.1M

This map produced by Abel Buell in 1784 was the first one of the U.S., made just a year after the Treaty of Paris acknowledged the independence of the US from Britain. It’s one of the rarest maps in the world, as only seven known copies exist, this being only the third to be sold in 120 years.

5-Kunyu Wanguo Quantu- $1MM

A 1602 12×5 foot rice paper map showing China at the center of the world produced by Italian missionary Matteo Ricci, created at the behest of Emperor Wanli.

6-Grooten Atlas (atlas) – $750,000

Published in Amsterdam between 1664-1665 by father and son pair Willem Blaeu and Joan Blaeu, the official cartographers to the Dutch East India Company, this is a superb copy of the Dutch edition. Comprised of nine folio volumes, all hand-colored and heightened in gold by a contemporary hand, and bound in the publisher’s gilt vellum with green silk ties. 

7-Johannes Metellus’ Speculum Orbis Terrae (atlas) – $450,000

Published near Frankfurt in 1602, this is a first edition of one of the rarest early world atlases by one of the modern masters of cosmography, it was read by Walter Raleigh and his contemporaries. It comprises five volumes bound together, covering Europe, Asia, Africa, Islands, and the Americas. Each of the parts is exceptionally rare on its own; to have the complete atlas is almost unheard of.

8-Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (atlas) – $150,000

Written by Abraham Ortelius, and originally printed on 20 May 1570 in Antwerp it consisted of a collection of uniform map sheets and supporting text bound to form a book for which copper printing plates were specifically engraved. The Ortelius atlas is sometimes referred to as the summary of sixteenth-century cartography. The publication of the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (1570) is often considered as the official beginning of the Golden Age of Netherlandish cartography (approximately 1570s–1670s).  Around 8,225 copies were printed between 1570 and 1641, in seven different languages. 

9-Caertboeck vande Midlandtsche Zee – $140,000

Written by William BARENTSZ in 1609 this is an extremely rare French-language edition of the first pilot atlas of the Mediterranean with printed charts

10-Apian’s ‘early Americas’ map – $52,000

German humanitarian Peter Apian’s 1520 map heavily inspired by the Waldseemüller specimen of 1507 was produced in Vienna and is one of the first to display America.

1- Phantom — Peter Lik, $6.5M

On December 9, 2014, fine art photography Peter Lik allegedly shattered all existing records with the sale of his Phantom black and white image

2Rhein II — Andreas Gursky (1999) $4.3 million

German photographer Andreas Gursky is known for his large-format architecture and landscape photographs, often taken from above. The C-print mounted to plexiglass was digitally altered by Gursky, who wanting to construct a desolate landscape, removed distracting elements including a factory building, walkers, and cyclers.

3-Spiritual America- Richard Prince – 1981-$3.97M

It is one of the most controversial photos in history depicting the 10-year old and naked Brooke Shields. Her childish body is in great contrast with her seductive and mature facial expression

4-Untitled #96 — Cindy Sherman (1981) $3.9 million

Sherman is known for her provocative self-portraits. Sherman used the centerfolds of men’s erotic magazines as inspiration for this work. She appears as the complete opposite of a model who we would find in those pictures. Many people claim that her facial expression and body language shows vulnerability.

5-To Her Majesty — Gilbert & George (1973) $3.7 million

Gilbert & George are partners in life and work, but the pair is adamant that they are “two people, but one artist.” These photographic provocateurs created this installation as a Gelatin Silver print, commemorating drunk evenings of the duo.

6-Dead Troops Talk — Jeff Wall (1992) $3.7 million

Canadian artist Jeff Wall is best known for his large-scale back-lit cibachrome photographs. It depicts a fictional scene with a battlefield. The soldiers are coming back to life, resembling a zombie horror movie.

7-Untitled (Cowboy) — Richard Prince (2001-2002) $3.4 million

The picture represents the height of Prince’s fascination with American archetypes, and the picture is actually a photograph of an advertisement. In this case, the image is from a Marlboro campaign, and it depicts the ‘Marlboro Man’. 

8-Chicago Board of Trade II- Andreas Gursky – 1999/2000 – $3.3million

The picture exhibits the trading floor of the Board of Trade in Chicago. To express the sense of movement, Gursky double-exposed several parts of the image. He often scanned the images and edited them on a computer.

9-99 Cent II, Diptychon — Andreas Gursky (2001) $3.3 million

Gursky’s huge, panoramic color prints—some of them up to six feet high by ten feet long—had the presence, the formal power, and in several cases the majestic aura of nineteenth-century landscape paintings, without losing any of their meticulously detailed immediacy as photographs. The two-part photo depicts a supermarket with several aisles. Gursky altered the picture digitally.

#10 The Pond—Moonlight — Edward Steichen (1904) – $2.93 million

Steichen was one of the first Americans to use autochrome, and there are three copies of this photograph in existence. The artist created the early photograph by applying light-sensitive gums. This gave the final print more than one color. There are three versions of The Pond -Moonlight. Each of them is unique because the layering of the gums is done by hands.

1-Hermès Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka: $1.9 million 

Created by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka, this bling-y piece combines platinum, 2,000 diamonds, and a pear-shaped eight-karat stone that can also be removed and worn as a brooch. The bag’s diamond sling can also be worn as a bracelet or necklace.

2-2012 Birkin Sac Bijou: $1.9 million

Created by Pierre Hardy, creative director of fine jewelry at Hermès, the Birkin Sac Bijou is made entirely of rose gold and studded with 2,712 diamonds, with only three models made.

3-Hermès Himalaya-$379,261

White Niloticus crocodile Hermès Himalaya encrusted with more than 240 diamonds (10.23 carats) on its 18-karat-gold hardware. 

4-Hermes Himalaya – $300,168

An unused 12-inch matte Himalayan crocodile handbag, with white-gold hardware set with 245 F-color diamonds weighing close to 10 carats.

5-Blood red braise shiny porosus crocodile: $298,000 

Designed in Porosus crocodile skin, 18-karat white gold, and diamond-studded hardware

6-Hermes Himalaya – $295,000

Matte Himalaya Niloticus crocodile Birkin 35 with 18k white gold and diamond hardware.

7-Fuchsia crocodile Birkin studded with diamonds: $218,650

Encrusted with 18-karat gold and diamonds

8-Hermes Himalaya – $214,500

A Himalaya Birkin with an 18-carat, white gold, diamond-encrusted lock 

9-Dark blue crocodile: $162,500

Embellished with white gold and 18-karat diamonds.

10-A metallic bronze chèvre leather: $117,000

Inspired by Hermès’ celebrated window displays by Leïla Menchari, this bag with gold hardware only cost less than 10,000 euros in 2005, the year it was produced.

1-Pink Diamond: Pink Star- $71.2 million

This 59.60ct oval Internally Flawless Fancy Vivid Pink diamond was mined by DeBeers in South Africa in 1999, and is the largest Vivid Pink diamond on record.  It was originally cut from a 132.5 carat rough diamond, and it took 20 months of cutting for the stone to take its current shape. Before it became the Pink Star, this rare gem was known as the Steinmetz Pink, where it was displayed at the Smithsonian Institute as part of its exhibit.

2-Blue Diamond: Oppenheimer – $57.5 million

At 14.62ct, the Oppenheimer Blue is the largest Vivid Blue to ever be sold at auction. This emerald cut diamond was named in honor of its previous owner, Sir Philip Oppenheimer, whose family once controlled the legendary DeBeers company.

3-Blue Moon of Josephine – $48.4 million

This 12.03 ct diamond with a rare crystal blue color discovered in 2014 in South Africa was bought by fugitive Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau Luen-hung for his seven-year-old daughter Josephine, after whom he named the stone.

4-The Graff Pink – $46.2 million

A nearly 25-carat very rare pink diamond, believed to be one of the greatest pink stones ever discovered.

5-Orange Diamond: The Orange – $35.5 million

Believed to be the world’s largest and most expensive orange diamond at 14.82ct, this pear shaped Fancy Vivid Orange diamond is exceptionally rare, as most orange diamonds also display a secondary color.

6-The Zoe Diamond – $32.6 million 

The pear-cut 9.75 carat diamond ring was once the star of Mrs. Paul Mellon’s collection, and one of the most expensive deep blue diamonds in the world today. The name “Zoe” comes from the Hong Kong seller who sold it to Sotheby’s.

7-Ruby: Sunrise Ruby- $30.42 million

Weighing 25.59cts, the Sunrise Ruby also known as the Burmese Ruby, is a Burmese pigeon blood ruby set in a Cartier mounting. Its name is derived from a poem written by poet Rumi.

8-Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond – $23.4 million 

The diamond started as a 35.56-carat diamond of a gorgeous deep blue, and a part of both the Bavarian and Austrian Royal Jewels. In 2008, a British jeweler bought the diamond and removed close to 4.5 carats, an act that infuriated other jewelers but ended up improving the value and clarity. It is rumored that it was sold to the Qatari Royal Family in 2011 for a staggering $80 million.

9-Sapphire: Blue Belle of Asia – $17.3 million

A 392.52ct cushion cut sapphire, the Blue Belle of Asia was discovered in Sri Lanka in 1926.

10-Yellow Diamond: Graff Vivid Yellow – $16.3 million

A cushion Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond weighing 100ct was originally cut from a 190ct rough diamond in New York.

10.1-Red Diamond: Moussaieff – $7 million

The 5.11ct Fancy Red diamond originally cut from a rough stone of 13.9ct found in Brazil. Red diamonds are notoriously rare, with some gemologists claiming that there are only 20-30 “true” red diamonds ever discovered.

1-The Hope Diamond — $250 million

Perhaps the most famous jewel in the world is a 45.52 carat blue stone known as the Hope Diamond with unusual blue coloring coming from impurities caused by trace amounts of boron atoms. Before it became the Hope Diamond, this stone that came from Golkonda mines in Southern India was even larger than it is now. In 1666, it was bought by a French gem merchant named Jean-Baptiste Tavernier and named the Tavernier Blue. Not too long after, it was cut and renamed the French Blue, under which name it was sold in 1668 by Tavernier to King Louis XIV. In 1792, the French Blue was stolen from the royal family and cut again and the largest section of what remained of the diamond was named Hope upon its appearance in a London banking family’s gem collection in 1839.  The Hope diamond is surrounded by sixteen white diamonds and has been attached to a diamond necklace.

 

2-A Heritage in Bloom – $200 million

This masterpiece creation of Wallace Chan, is made of precious stones of 383.4 carats weighs half a pound and took nearly 47,000 hours for the craftsmen to make. The craftsman used six hundred pink diamonds, one hundred and fourteen icy-green jadeites, seventy-two white-mutton jades and nineteen divine-colorless diamonds to make this beautiful piece.

3-Peacock Brooch — $100 million

The Peacock Brooch was first released in 2013 at the TEFAF art fair in the Netherlands. The brooch, shaped like a peacock with fanned feathers, contains a total of 120.81 carats and over 1,300 stones in white, yellow, blue, and orange diamonds. A very rare, dark blue pear-shaped diamond sits at the center, and alone totals 20.02 carats.

4-L’Incomparable Diamond Necklace – $55 million

Set on a bed of 18k gold are 407.48 carats of diamonds that make up the L’Incomparable Diamond necklaces. At its center is the largest Internally Flawless yellow diamond known, which is about the size of an egg. The large diamond at the center of the necklace was discovered randomly in a pile of mining rubble roughly 30 years ago.

5-The Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite Necklace – $27.4 million

This famous piece of jade jewelry made of 27 graduated jadeite beads, with a clasp of 18k yellow gold, rubies, and diamonds, has a notable history in royalty. Its previous owner, American socialite and heiress Barbara Hutton, was gifted the necklace by her father as a wedding gift for her marriage to Georgian Prince Alexis Mdivani in 1933. The necklace itself is an exceptional piece of jewelry due to the fact that such high quality jade usually cannot yield beads more than 10mm in diameter due to the scarcity of jadeite boulders. With each bead of the necklace measuring over 15mm in diameter and all beads carved from the same boulder, the Hutton-Mdivani Jadeite necklace is a true rarity, hence its price.

6-Heart of the Ocean – $20 million

Heart of the Ocean is a beautiful necklace with a pendant of 15-carat blue diamond surrounded by white diamonds hanging from a string of white diamonds. It was immortalized by Kate Winslet in the movie Titanic, and since then the necklace has gained new fame and popularity.

7-Chopard’s Blue Diamond Ring – $16.26 million

The ring is a 9 carat oval-shaped blue diamond set in 18 karats white gold and surrounded by triangular-shaped bright diamonds on the side.

8-Bulgari Two-Stone Diamond Ring – $15.76 million

The ring is made from two triangle shaped diamonds. One of them is colorless while the other is vivid blue weighing 9.87 carats and 10.95 carats respectively.  Both diamonds are flawless and have the best clarity.

9-Heart of the Kingdom – $14M

The necklace, which is a creation of Garrard, has a 40.63 carats Burmese ruby in a heart shape and deep blood pigeon red hue mounted on a diamond necklace of 155 carats. It is studded with one hundred and fifty diamonds that are an amalgamation of round and pear shape. It can also be worn like a like a tiara.

10-Magnificent Ruby and Diamond Necklace – $13M

Necklace has been designed by Etcetera and is a brilliant-cut diamond lattice-work band. Two rows of cushion-shaped and oval-shaped rubies are chained together made with the help of thirteen pear-shaped of 5.14 to 1.00 carats internally flawless and transparent diamond mounted in 18 karats white gold in the center.

1-Gurkha Royal Courtesan Cigar – $1 million per box ($25,000/cigar)

Each one of 40 hand-rolled cigars is infused with the delectable Remy Martin Black Pearl Louis XIII, which sells for $165k a bottle. To ensure perfect production quality, only selected hand rollers are permitted to lever the cigars. In addition, all the artisans are blindfolded to heighten their senses so that their movements are natural with minimal distractions. The Royal Courtesan cigar is filled with rare Himalayan tobacco that has been watered only with Fiji water. Each piece is wrapped in gold leaf and the band is embellished with diamonds totaling up to five carats.

2-Gurkha Black Dragon – $115,000 per box ($1,150 per cigar)

The Gurkha Black Dragon cigar packs a robust punch as it is made from fine tobacco leaves that are rolled in Honduras. Each leathery and peaty cigar measures 8.5 inches by 52 ring gauge. The cigars are placed in limited edition handcrafted camel bone boxes with 100 pieces in one box.

These cigars were released in 2006 and are of limited edition and therefore are quite rare. Having a size of 52 inches and a length of 8.5 inches, they come in a chest that is carved from camel bone. Each cigar is packed individually in a frosted tube and is then placed in a leather box that has orange velvet layers.

3-Gurkha His Majesty’s Reserve – $15,000 per box ($750 per cigar)

This brand is made with 18-year-old tobaccos and it boasts rich chocolate undertones. To add to the taste, each roll is enhanced with the premium and rare Louis XIII Cognac. The Gurkha company makes less than 100 boxes of 20 of this amazing product each year and the enterprise’s president decides to whom they should be allotted.

4-Mayan Sicars – $507,000 per Box ($634 per cigar)

The ancient Mayans smoked tobacco and this is proved by the discovery of 800 pre-Columbian cigars in Guatemala in 2012. The cigars were dated back to 600 years ago, but they are still fit to be smoked even today. 

5-Cohiba Behike – $18,000 per box ($450/cigar)

Famed Cuban cigar manufacturer Cohiba released this brand in 2006 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It was named Behike to honor a noted chieftain of the Taino Indians. The cigars are made with select tobacco and only 100 humidors were made, each hosting 40 rolls. Because they proved to be very popular, Cohiba released less expensive versions of this product later. Expert roller Norma Fernandez Sastre made all the 4,000 cigars of this product line. They are grown and blended at El Laguito Cohiba factory and are sized at 52 inches and have a length of 7.5 inches.

6-Arturo Fuente Opus X Ltd – $30,000 per box ($300 per cigar)

The Arturo Fuente Tobacco Company produced this line in 2003 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the original Opus X. They produced 100 Forbidden X humidors, 10 with macassar veneer, 40 with yellow eye maple, and 50 with a red madrona veneer. Each humidor has 100 Opus X cigars. The limited edition humidors were offered in a selection of finishes and colors, with each box selling for about $10k in 2003.

7-Fuente Don Arturo AnniverXario – $7,500 per box ($163 per cigar)

This cigar is made with delectably aged tobacco rolled in either sun-grown or natural wrappers. It is a limited release and one humidor of these holds 46 cigars in alternative wrappers. Arturo Fuente Cigar Company unveiled this line in 2001 to celebrate its 100th anniversary. The tobaccos utilized in these fine cigars were aged 7 years to give them a distinctive and strong punch and experience. They were released for the second time again in 2008. 

8-KING OF DENMARK – $4,500 per box of 30 ($150 / cigar)
King of Denmark can be customized according to the buyer’s liking. Made using Regal Blend tobacco leaf, these cigars are produced in small batches of 30 a day and each cigar is personalized with an inscription of the buyer’s name on the gold foil. The cigars come decorated with Swarovski crystals, and a personalized Scandinavian designed humidifier with a 24 karat gold plated sterling silver royal crown for an additional $8,500.

   


9-Arturo Fuente Opus X BBMF – $500 per box ($55 per cigar)

Manufactured by the renowned cigar maker Arturo Fuente,each cigar has BBMF carved on them due to their seven-inch length. These cigars were introduced in 1995 and come in a 10 count box, but because they are much sought after, they are hard to locate.

10- Double Corona Regius Cigars Ltd – $54,000 per box ($54 per cigar)

Regius Cigars Ltd created this special edition Double Corona cigar and sold it to a businessman named Callum Jones for a whopping $54k in 2013. In addition, for the purchaser also received 1,000 custom-rolled smokes along with naming rights and boxes.

Magic the Gathering

 1-Black Lotus – $166,100

The “Holy Grail” of Magic: The Gathering, this particular card transcends the game in such a way, that’s it use will be read about on gaming site news. This is THE Magic card that everybody dreams of owning, and only 1,100 were ever released. The BGS 9.5 rated Limited Edition Alpha Black Lotus was last sold for $166,100 in March 2019, nearly doubling in price from $87,000 July 2018 sale. The illustration on Black Lotus as a black lotus flower over a foliage backdrop was painted by Christopher Rush.  Card allows the user to add 3 mana of any color to the mana pool.

2-Ancestral Recall – $20,000

The card was originally called “Ancestral Memories.” It was originally going to be a common, but Richard Garfield was persuaded to make it a rare instead. The ability to draw three cards with no drawback allowed many decks to become dangerously fast. Eventually, Ancestral Recall was banned in all formats but Vintage, where it is restricted.

3-Mox Sapphire – $13,500

The word “Mox” was derived from the English slang word “Moxie” associated with energy and vigor. This version adds blue mana to the pool

4-Mox Jet – $9,000

This version adds black mana to the pool

5-Underground Sea – $8,000

Counts as both swamp and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. Can be used to add either B or U to mana pool.

6-Time Walk – $6,500

Allows the player to take an extra turn, by having opponent lose his

7-Time Vault – $6,000

Gain an additional turn after the current one

8-Mox Ruby – $5,600

This version adds red mana to the pool

9-Tropical Island – $5,000

Counts as both forest and islands and is affected by spells that affect either. Can be used to G or U to mana pool.

10-Wheel of Fortune – $2,500

Both players must discard their hands and draw seven new cards.

Pokemon

1-Pickachu Illustrator – $224,500

The Holy Grail of Pokémon cards featuring artwork by Pikachu’s creator Atsuko Nishida depicting Pikachu holding what appear to be drawing tools.  39 Pokémon Illustrator cards were awarded to the winners of the CoroCoro Comic Illustration Contest in January 1998, with only 6 believed to still be in existence.

2-Kangaskhan Parent/Child Promo Cards – $133,000

Awarded as prizes at a 1998 parent and child tournament, and then instantly retired

3-No. 1 Trainer Promo Card – $70,000

Made for a two-day competition in 1997 to celebrate the success of Pokemon franchise

4-Tropical Mega Battle No. 2 Trainer Card – $60,000

A prize in a series of 7 tournaments

5-No. 3 Trainer Promo Card – $32,500

Awarded to the third highest-ranking player in the annual World Championship

6-Charizard – $18,000

One of the most demanded cards in Pokemon Trading Card Game collecting, 1st edition Base set Charizard PSA Gem Mint 10

7-Magikarp – $15,000

Only 50 special edition cards of the fish-like creature Magikarp, a Pokémon whose signature move is “Splash” known for doing, quite literally, nothing, were available on the second day of the 1998 Tamamushi University tournament in Osaka.

8-Tropical Wind Card – $10,000

1999 version, which was handed out to prize winners of aTropical Mega Battle Tournament

9-Computer Error – Kamex Mega Battle Card – $10,000

Originally distributed with a monthly issue of the CoroCoro comic, the Computer Error – Kamex Mega Battle card was then awarded to prize winners competing in the 1998 Kamex Mega Battles. The original Japanese versions are worth far more than any of the English ones. 

10-Master Key Prize Card – $8,800

The master key Prize card is only one of 34 cards to have ever been produced. The cards were awarded to players in a 2010 trading card tournament in Japan, therefore creating exclusivity and value.

Guns

1-Singing bird pistols: $5,800,000

The 1820 singing bird pistols have stolen the heart of many collectors. They express ingenious masterwork and mechanism. They are limited in number since only four were created, and can only be seen at the top museums of the world. They are made of gold with decorations of pearls and diamonds. Interestingly enough, about 25years ago, this pistol was sold for $1,000,000, but now it attracts an amount of $5,800,000, making it the most expensive gun 2020.

2-Cabot guns meteorite pistols: $4,500,000 

The Big Bang Pistol Set consists of a pair of left and right pistols that, according to Cabot, are “constructed almost entirely of billions-year old meteorite.” Unknown to western civilization until the early 1800’s, pieces were used by the ancient Nama people in the construction of tools and weapons. In 2015 Cabot Guns’ master craftsman shaped a 77-pound piece of unshapen material into two unique weapons. The exteriors are marked for their unique Widmanstatten patterns that are found in octahedrite iron meteorites. The meteor used is 4.5 billion years old, so the cost works out to be $1 million for every billion years of age. 

3-George Washington’s saddle pistols: $1,986,000

This set of saddle pistols were originally given to Washington by his French ally Marquis de Lafayette and were used by Washington all through the Revolutionary war. The pistols feature beautiful gold inlays and detailed rococo carvings that make the pistols just as much a work of art as they are weapons. After Washington’s death these pistols eventually fell into the possession of President Andrew Jackson who cherished them for most of his life before gifting them back to Washington’s family.

4-Nicolas – Noel Boutet pistol: $1,800,000

After the Restoration of the monarchy, this pistol was made by Boutet in France in 1825. It falls in the category of the most beautiful guns that display unique and exuberant decorative features.

5-Simon Bolivar’s Flintlock Pistols: $1,687,500

This pair of flintlock dueling pistols belonged to Venezuelan military leader Simon Jose Antonio de la Santisima Trinidad Bolivar y Palacios Ponte y Blanco. During South America’s revolution against the Spanish empire, Bolivar played a key role in liberating Columbia, Venezuela, Panama, Ecuador, & Peru. He also helped establish the first union of independent nations in Latin America and became the president of this union. His impact on the modern world was huge and many monuments dedicated to his achievements can be found throughout South America. Bolivar was a collector of firearms and this set of dueling pistols were some of the finest in his collection.

6-Model 1886 Winchester rifle: $1,200,000

In 1886, the same year the gun was made, Lawton commanded a group of men who rode south across the U.S.-Mexico border to hunt down Geronimo, the infamous Apache leader. After Lawton captured Geronimo, a friend and former Army lieutenant who was working for Winchester, the gunmaker, secured the first production piece of the new Model 1886 rifle and offered it to Lawton as a gift.

7-Gold-Inlaid Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver – $1,100,000

The Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver derived from the Paterson model, but was meant to be more streamlined and transportable. It was also The Model 1849 was very reliable and well made, which made it very popular and the most widely produced percussion pistol Colt ever made.  What made this specific model so unique was the fact it was inlaid with gold.

8-Colt Paterson Revolver: $977,500

The Colt Patterson Revolver was the first ever repeating pistol patented by Samuel Colt in 1836. Its groundbreaking design was the first to employ a revolving cylinder to cycle through multiple rounds making it the first repeating firearm, laying the groundwork for the modern revolver we know today. The pistol got its name from the city of Paterson, New Jersey where it was manufactured. A limited number of these guns were produced , and this particular Patterson was in pristine condition and was considered to be the highest quality, surviving Paterson known to still exist.

9-Texas Ranger Sam Wilson’s Colt Walker: $920,000

The Colt Walker was specifically designed for use by the Texas Rangers, and this revolver was issued to Texas Ranger Sam Wilson in 1847.  The black powder Revolver was one of the most powerful handguns ever created. It shot either a .44 cal. roundball or a 220 grain bullet and was superior to a musket up to 200 yards. There were only 1,100 Walker pistols ever made and there are only a few known to still exist. When this revolver went up for auction it drew a lot of attention because of its rarity and the fact that this particular revolver was in nearly perfect condition.

10-Teddy Roosevelt’s Double-Barreled Shotgun: $862,500

Teddy Roosevelt was 26th president of the United States and served from 1901-1909. Teddy Roosevelt was an avid hunter and this double barreled shotgun was made by the Fox gun company for Roosevelt to take with him on a Smithsonian African expedition in the year 1909. In a thank you letter from Roosevelt to the Fox gun company he stated that it was the most beautiful gun he had ever seen.

Swords

1-18th Century Baoteng Saber – $7.7 million

The weapon with inscriptions and decorations alluding to the Chinese Emperor Qianlong is an S-shaped saber with a fitted white-jade handle stylized with ornate leaves and floret. The steel blade is decorated with inlaid gold, silver, and copper, with one side revealing a poetic two-character name: Bao Teng, or ‘Soaring Precious’. The work was made in the Palace Workshops of the Imperial Household Department, and is representative of the mid-Qing Dynasty. A production of 90 sabers was created over 47 years, and the weapon’s worth is down to both its aesthetic and historical value.

2-Napoleon Bonaparte’s Gold-Encrusted Saber – $6.5 million

This gold-encrusted sword was used by Bonaparte at the Battle of Marengo in 1800, when he ousted the Austrian army from Italy. It was passed down from generation to generation of the Bonaparte family, and was deemed an historical monument and therefore unable to leave the country. The curved saber was forged by Nicolas Noel Boutet and is decorated in gold and has an ebony and gold handle.

3-15th Century Nasrid Period Ear-Dagger – $6 million

This double-edged straight blade gets its name from the design of the hilt pommel, consisting of two flattened discs that resemble ears. They were widely used in Spain during the 15th and 16 centuries, and were introduced to Europe through Italy. The decoration around the blade comprises the figure of a man with a crossbow, hunting numerous animals (including a lion).

4-Shah Jahan’s Personal Dagger – $3.3 million

Shah Jahan ruled from 1627-1657, and the dagger is an understated, elegant blade with gold inscriptions and decorations. The inscription on the dagger is the most detailed of any of Shah Jahan’s personal objects, containing his name, title, and the place and date of the dagger’s manufacture.

5-“The Gem of the Orient” Knife – $2.1 million

A lavish knife, designed and crafted in 1966 by one of the world’s greatest knife makers Buster Warenski for a Japanese customer The filigree handle is encrusted with 153 emeralds totaling 10 carats, nine diamonds (5-carats), and 28 ounces of gold for the rest of the handle and blade.

6-Ulysses S. Grant’s Civil War Presentation Sword – $1.6 million

General Grant was given the sword in 1864 by the people of Kentucky when he took the position of General-in-Chief of the Armies of the United States. The weapon features 26 diamonds that were formed to spell out his initials: U.S.G

7-Qianlong Imperial Hunting Knife – $1.24 million

This exquisite hunting knife made from gold with a sheath inlaid with turquoise, coral, and lazurite is believed to have been owned by Qianlong, the 6th Emperor of the Manchu-led Qing dynasty. The hilt of the knife was crafted from antelope horn, which is quite rare, and a secret opening at the base of the hilt reveals a hidden compartment used to hold a pair of chopsticks and a toothpick. The scabbard of the weapon was made from rhinoceros horn and was tapered with six three-clawed dragons writhing in and out of clouds above waves.

8-17th Century Indian Talwar Blade – $717,800

This is a slightly curved European blade with traces of overlaid gold decoration and an inlaid gold inscription decorated with poppies and lotuses, and was believed to have belonged to the 17th century Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and produced during Shah Jahan’s 10th regnal year, either in 1637 or 1638

9-Admiral Lord Nelson’s French Officer Sword – $541,720

Many artifacts are worth a lot of money purely because of who once owned them, as in the case of Lord Nelson’s officer sword, discovered amidst a trove of relics discovered in 2001. Included in the discovery were thousands of papers and documents, medals, jewels, and weaponry belonging to Nelson. They were kept hidden in a trunk for nearly 200 years under the care of Nelson’s closest friend and confidant, Alexander Davison.

10-13th Century Kamakura Katana – $418,000

Katanas are traditional, single-edged swords that were used by Japanese Samurai for hundreds of years. The curved blade was made from hundreds of thin layers of the purest steel with no imperfections averaged about three to four feet long and the hilt size ranged from eight to twelve inches.  The Katana’s blade is the sharpest of blades, with a balance of perfection and is considered the sharpest and most exquisite sword in the world. 125 of these weapons have even been declared as “Juyounkabazai” (culturally significant) in Japan. This means that the prized katanas are illegal to sell or export from Japan, and are considered priceless.

1-Canada goose and a preening pintail drake by Elmer Crowell – $1.13M

2-Red-breasted merganser hen by Lothrop Holmes –  $856,000

3-Feeding dust-jacket style black bellied plover by Elmer Crowell-$830,000

4-Preening pintail drake by Elmer Crowell-$801,500

5-Unattributed eider drake decoy – $767,000

6-Preening Canada goose by Elmer Crowell- $684,500

7-Nesting Canada goose by Elmer Crowell – $661,250

8-Hissing spread wing Canada goose by Elmer Crowell – $605,000

9-Unattributed slot neck Canada goose – $553,600

10-preening pintail by Elmer Crowell – $546,250

1-George Washington – $9.8 million

His signature on his personal copy of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the First Congress is the highest valued autograph ever sold. The book now sits in the Washington presidential library in the White House. 

2-William Shakespeare – $5 million

Though Shakespeare wrote about 38 plays and hundreds of sonnets, he didn’t leave too many signatures behind. There are only six known surviving documents that bear the bard’s signature. 

3-Abraham Lincoln – $3.7 million

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, releasing millions of people being kept as slaves. Lincoln originally signed 48 copies. Of those, only 26 surviving copies are known to exist today.

4-Babe Ruth – $388,375

As a star athlete, Babe Ruth signed a lot of autographs, and most valuable autographed items are those that have been kept in pristine condition, such as a baseball that Ruth signed when it was brand new

5-Jimi Hendrix –$200,000

Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix’s signed 1965 record contract turned out to be worth much more as a collector’s item than it may have been to Hendrix. In the contract, Hendrix agrees to sell the rights to his songs for a mere 1 percent royalty fee.

6-Joe DiMaggio & Marilyn Monroe $191,200

A baseball signed by both Marilyn and Joe, the only known item signed by both stars

7-Albert Einstein $75,000

In a famous 1951 photograph, Einstein stuck out his tongue to surprise the photographer and it’s become a favorite image as it reveals a bit of the scientist’s humanity.

8-David Bowie – $63,000

Handwritten and signed lyrics to Bowie’s 1973 song “The Jean Genie”

9-Jesse James – $52,000

Bank and train robbing outlaw Jesse James didn’t exactly spend his days signing autographs for his fans, that’s why the rare autographs he did sign hold so much value today

10-The Beatles – $41,000

While each member’s autograph has considerable individual value, items that all four Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr) have signed are worth their weight in gold.

1. Wu-Tang Clan: Once Upon a Time in Shaolin – $2 million

This is the one and only copy ever produced. The record comes with a contract which stipulates that the buyer may not attempt to sell or make money from the record for 100 years, although the owner may release the album for free should they wish to.

2. The Beatles: The Beatles (White Album) – $790,000

 Ringo Starr was known to own the very first copy of the band’s self-titled double album from 1968, since the records were printed with serial numbers in sequence and Starr’s copy bears the number ‘0000001’. 

3. Elvis Presley: ‘My Happiness’ – $300,000

The test pressing of Elvis Presley’s first ever recording

4.The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – $290,000

 Signed by all four Beatles original 1967 pressing of Sgt. Pepper

5. John Lennon & Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy – $150,000

Signed by Lennon himself just hours before his death on December 8th, 1980, the last record Lennon ever signed

6. The Beatles: Yesterday & Today – $125,000

This mint edition sealed copy of the Beatles compilation from 1966 was released only in North America initially and then later in Japan, but not in the UK or Europe. One of the reasons for its relative scarcity is that the early versions featured the infamous “butcher” cover, with John, Paul, George and Ringo draped in dismembered dolls and pieces of meat. It was swiftly withdrawn and replaced with much more tame artwork (see below), but the original remains a sought-after item for Beatles collectors.

7. The Beatles: ‘Til There Was You’ – $120,000

The ‘Holy Grail’ for collectors of Beatles records, a 10” acetate of an early demo by the Fab Four featuring the songs ”Til There Was You’ and b-side ‘Hello Little Girl’ (misspelled on the disc as ‘Hullo Little Girl’). Described as ‘the record that launched the Beatles’ because it was recorded as demo for EMI, the test disc bears the handwriting of Beatles manager Brian Epstein

8. Aphex Twin: Caustic Window  – $46,300

 Rare test pressing of Aphex Twin’s Caustic Window

9. Tommy Johnson: ‘Alcohol and Jake Blues’ – $37,100

Super-rare copy of ‘Alcohol and Jake Blues’, released on the Paramount label in 1930. 

10. Frank Wilson: ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do) – $32,000

Only 250 demo copies of this single by American soul singer and producer Frank Wilson were ever pressed, and of those only around five are reported to have survived when the rest were destroyed by Motown boss Berry Gordy.

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