Recently a signed personal copy of the Beatles album, Yesterday and Today, which was owned and signed by John Lennon, sold at auction for $234,000!
And this is not the highest price ever paid for an album, this one was just the third highest.
The President of Julian’s Auction, Darren Julian said, “This was a world record for a Beatles Butcher cover and the third highest price paid for a vinyl.”
“The market is still developing so we anticipate in the next five years this same record could bring $500,000 plus.”
Not even John Lennon himself could have imagined a record selling for so much money.
Over the years various “collectors” have made the prices of some rare items increase massively in value; an item is only worth what someone will pay for it.
If someone is willing to part with large sums of dosh for an item, why not auction it off, pit bidder against bidder, and the highest bidder wins.
Most Expensive Sculpture: This title goes to US artist Jeff Koons, whose sculpture entitled “Rabbit” sold for $91 million. Makes The Beatles album look like sofa change.
Regarding the sale, Artnet stated, “The work is considered the holy grail of Koons works among certain collecting circles, and the bunny’s allure was burnished by the fact that Newhouse was its longtime owner.”
“It also received an extraordinary pre-sale display at Christie’s with a custom-built room that perched the rabbit on a pedestal surrounded by lighting mimicking a James Turrell installation.”
Koons had previously held the record for expensive sculpture for his “Balloon Dog”, which sold for £36.8 million in 2013.
Most Expensive Painting: On the subject of art, the most expensive painting ever sold was Leonardo De Vinci’s Salvador Mundi painting. It sold in 2017 for $450 million!
The painting has been around for around 500 years, and has changed hands a few times during that time. It also had gone missing a couple of times as well.
Another expensive painting is Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’ Alger which sold for £116 million in 2015.
Expensive Teddy Bears: No the first thing to come to mind when one thinks of expensive items, but yes, there are expensive teddy bears, some that sell for tens of thousands of pounds.
The teddy bear named “Teddy Girl” sold at auction for £110,000 back in 1994. Who knows what it may be worth today.
Most Expensive Game: One of the world’s most popular board games is Monopoly, and one special edition sold for £1.4 million!
This edition of Monopoly is not just a regular edition, but a very jewelled one. The board itself is made from 24 caret gold, and the houses are solid gold with rubies and sapphires for chimneys. And the dice have diamonds for the spots.
Most Expensive Musical Instrument: This may not come as a surprise to some, but a Stradivarius violin called “Lady Blunt” sold in 2011 for £9.8 million.
The violin was made in 1721, and was named after Lord Byron’s grand daughter, who was the first owner of the violin.