Think you’re a shopaholic? Well, we assure you there are crazier shoppers out there who will put your embarrassing shoe-addiction to shame. We’re talking about some serious antique-junkies who have literally spent millions of dollars, purchasing items ridiculous as a lock of hair!
Don’t believe us? Prepare to be blown away by Popular Everything’s ridiculous list of the most expensive items ever sold in the history of man.
1. Lock of Hair From Elvis Presley
Price Sold: $115,000
Known as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley is a worldwide, musical legend. His precious memorabilia have always been in high demand and come with a fitting price too. In 2002, one of his locks of hair was auctioned off for a whopping $115,000, setting the record for the most expensive piece of hair ever sold.
2. Marilyn Monroe’s Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress
Price Sold: $1,267,500
The Happy Birthday Mr. President dress, worn by Marilyn Monroe, is the most expensive piece of clothing ever to be sold. Monroe wore the dress during the Happy Birthday Tribute Event, in honor of U.S. President, John F. Kennedy. The dress received its name after the song Marilyn sang at the event, “Happy Birthday Mr. President.”
3. Mark McGwire’s 70th Home Run Ball
Price Sold: $3,000,000
With the best bats-per-home-run ratio in the history of baseball, Mark McGwire claimed to fame in 1998, when he set the world record for most home runs in a single season. Film producer, Todd McFarlane spent all of his life savings to add McGwire’s 70th Straight-Home-Run-Baseball to his exclusive, nine-ball collection.
4. Guarneri Del Gesù Violin
Price Sold: $3,900,000
Dating back 250 years, the Guarneri Violin is a precious antiquity, purchased by a wealthy Russian lawyer for an astonishing $3.9 million. The instrument was played for the first time in 70 years by the musician, Pinchas Zukerman at a private concert in Moscow.
5. 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
Price Sold: $12,000,000
Italian sports car, The 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa, was manufactured in the year 2009 and auctioned off for a staggering $12.2 million. This baby won 10 out of 19 international races between the years 1958-1961. With the car’s undeniable class and luxurious design, it’s no shocker that the Testa Rosa set the world record for the most expensive vintage car ever sold.
6. Wittelsbach Diamond
Price Sold: $23,400,000
Sold at $23 million, The Wittelsbach Diamond is one of the most expensive items ever to be sold at an auction, It weighed 35.36 carats and was discovered in India during the 17th century. It was originally purchased by King Philippe IV of Spain and was later handed over to Leopold I of Austria, in the form of dowry.
7. Roman-era Statue, Artemis, and the Stag
Price Sold: $28,600,000
Artemis and the Stag is an ancient, bronze statue, discovered in Rome during a construction project back in the 1920’s. It is the most expensive, antique statues ever sold, dating back nearly 2,000 years.
8. Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer
Price Sold: $30,802,500
Known as the most famous artists and scientists of all time, Leonardo de Vinci, created a collection of scientific theories and writings called The Codex Hammer, which is currently known as the world’s most expensive manuscripts. The masterpiece was purchased by the billionaire, Bill Gates, for a whopping $30.8 million.
9. Badminton Cabinet
Price Sold: $36,000,000
Considered the most expensive piece of furniture ever sold at an auction, the Badminton Cabinet dates to the year of 1732 and was sold in 2004, for $36 million. The cabinet is ornamented with gold, fine wool and precious stones of quartz, jasper, and lapis. It was originally a gift to Duke II of Beaufort, Italy. The Badminton Cabinet is named after the village of Badminton, located in England, where the antiquity resided for nearly two centuries.
10. Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust
Price Sold: $106,500,000
You’d probably never guess that this outrageously expensive painting was created just in just one day. Sold in 1992, the artwork is an abstract portrait of Picasso’s former lover, Marie- Therese Walter. It was auctioned off in just 8 minutes.