From beautiful, rare antiques to historic war memorabilia, auctions have a variety of items to offer any collector. Whether it is infantry weapons from the First World War or James Bond’s wristwatch, auctions always have really eye-catching stuff for people who are interested. In recent years, auction houses around the globe have sold a number of priceless items.
1.Michael Schumacher’s F2001 Formula 1car – Michael Schumacher, the former Ferrari racing world champion, is imminently one of the most successful Formula 1 racing driver of all time. With 7 world championships to his name and a world record in the books, he was one of the highest paid athletes of his time. His Ferrari F1 from the 2001 F1 season has supreme significance to his legacy since it won him the 2001 Monaco Grand Prix. It was sold in New York at an auction for a staggering price $7.5 million.
2.Cased Colt Model Colt Civilian Walker Revolver – The only known originally cased Colt Civilian Walker revolver was sold by Rock Island Auction Company. Known as the “Danish Sea Captain Walker”, the firearm set a world record for highest price sold for a single firearm at the astounding price of $1.84 million. “This is a major milestone in the collecting community. Not only is this a world record for a single firearm at auction, but a further demonstration that the art and history of in firearms is really catching fire. We value so strongly the aesthetics, history, and craftsmanship of painting, fine automobiles, and watches, but firearms that possess those same traits remain remarkably undervalued,” said Kevin Hogan, the President of Rock Island Auction Company.
RIAC arranges the best auctions for firearms in the country, with different types of auctions held year round.
3.Banksy’s Girl with a Balloon – Banksy is a mysterious anonymous artist that has gained popularity in the modern art scene. The iconic “Girl with a Balloon” went up for auction in 2018 and caused many interested fans to put in bids. The girl has become a staple of graffiti art around metropolitan area and holds large importance in the art scene around the world. The painting was sold for a record price of $1.4 million in auction, but within a minute after being sold, it shredded all by itself. The top bidder was a European woman who was still willing to pay the price for the shredded work. The piece is now worth more than the original price it sold for. The whole scene shook the world as soon as the news came out.
4.The Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet – Iran has a rich heritage in beautifully designed textiles and lush crafted carpets. The Clark Sickle-Leaf is from the 1700s from Kerman Province and is ornately designed with vibrant flowers and vines. It was sold by Sotheby’s in New York City on June 5th, 2013 for the record price of $33.765 million.
Highly collectable and valuble items can be found at auctions across the world. From iconic antique firearms and exquisite rugs to everyday items, you can find just about anything at an auction.