The idea that the painting you bought at your neighbor’s garage sale could be a Picasso, or at the very least an antique worth millions, has become a lot more pragmatic in the last few years. As a matter of fact, it isn’t just treasure hunters who are uncovering unique finds in obscure locations. The list of the world’s most precious and priceless antiques and collectibles range from the priciest baseball card, a pair of Levi’s, to a vase from the Yuan Dynasty and bottle of wine initialed by a legendary American President. Behold, the list of the world’s most expensive collectible items. Check out realized prices at either BidAMI.com or Memorabilia.Expert. You can post your items for sale and have it marketed to the elite collector at Memorabilia.Expert. It’s really easy to post and it doesn’t cost anything to list the item. Their experts help in finding out the values. They have excellent customer service and they are readily available which is really nice.
10. Spider-man Comic Book: $40,000+
The world’s most rare and most expensive comic collectible is no other than Peter Parker’s alter ego, Spiderman. Debuted in November of 1962, the Marvel Comic is noted as “one of the most important comics in history.” Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, the original sale price of the comic book was 12 cents per copy. That same copy is now worth over $40,000. An original copy of the comic book was located by BBC presenter, Jonathan Ross, who put it up for auction for ‘comic relief’. Admittedly having a huge comic collection, Ross confesses to spending years trying to track down the Spider-man collectible, considering it one of his “most prized possessions.” The ‘comic-obsessed’ presenter reportedly said he was happy to put the comic book up for auction for a good cause, and hoped the buyer would be another infatuated fan.
9. Pair of Levi Strauss & Co 501: $60,000
8. The Gutenberg Bible: $20,000 – $100,000
Written in Latin, and printed in the 1450’s, the Gutenberg Bible is also recognized as the 42-line Bible, the Mazarin Bible, or the B42. This was the first major book printed in the western world using “movable type.” The book yields somewhat of an iconic status as it has been praised for its “high aesthetic and artistic qualities.” Although there is contradicting information about how many exist today, as of 2007 it was estimated that there are between 42-48 copies that have survived either in fragments or in entirety. It is currently believed to be amongst the most valuable books in the world.
7. 1990’s Bears Walter Payton Game-Worn Super Bowl Helmet: $80,000
Love is like sports memorabilia, there is nothing quite like it. Fans are passionate! Whether it’s the love of a favorite team, player, game-used jersey’s, footballs, or helmets, collectors interest always increases by the mere fact of all-time records, or significant events. This is especially true in the case of this spectacular relic that has been generously offered by the Payton Family Foundation. Offered is Walter Payton’s Game-Worn Helmet that he used during his 13 Year Chicago Bears career including the Super Bowl. King of the Hill, Payton, gave his helmet to his brother Eddie, in the 1990’s.
6. 1787 Chateau Lafite: $160,000
Château Lafite derives from a wine estate in France, owned by members of the Rothschild family since the 19th century. Awarded ‘first growth’ status (a classification of wines primarily from the Bordeaux region of France), Lafite was one of four wines produced Châteaux of Bordeaux, and has since remained a consistent producer of one of the world’s most expensive red wines. This particular brand, Chateau Lafite 1787, is considered the world’s most expensive bottle of wine. It was purchased by the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, in France, and was sold in 1985 in London for $156,000-160,000 (as a collector’s item). Jefferson’s initials can be seen under “Lafite.”
Without question, provenance is key to this historical “Fab Four” relic and it has the appropriate documentation. Directly from the John Lennon and Yoko Ono Estate, the signed certicate (Yoko Ono Signature) of authenticity reads: “Certificate of Ownership Sale 5197 June 23, 1984, This item has been a part of The Collection of John Lennon and Yoko Ono John Lennon’s Baldwin Acrosonic Piano” Signed Yoko Ono.
4. T205 Gold Border Set: $260,000
Complete T205 Gold Border PSA Graded Set (Second Highest Ever Registered). In introducing this remarkable, complete set of T205’s, we care to underscore that it is among the finest listings, of any genre, we’ve ever had the privilege to advance. The bold headlines of this magnificent unit are that it is complete to include all of the production’s known variations; and further, that all of its 219 elements have earned admirable grades from PSA – the foremost grading authority in the industry. Thereby, this set claims station as the second finest T205 set ever registered with PSA – meriting their aggregate evaluation of 6.23. Suffice it to say, on a very lengthy calendar, this is the pre-eminent Gold Border set poised to change ownership.
The “Treskilling Yellow” is the world’s most valuable stamp. The particular Swedish postage stamp was first issued in 1855, and featured a set of five values depicting the Swedish coat of arms and Swedish Skilling in various dominations. While the Treskilling or Three-Skilling stamp was normally printed in a blue-green color, and the eight-skilling stamp in yellowish orange, an error mistakenly replaced the color of three-skilling stamp, causing several to be printed in the wrong color. However, due to the fact that only one copy of the Treskilling yellow stamp was ever discovered, it is extremely rare, and was sold in 1996 for $2.3 million.
2. William Shakespeare Autograph: $3-5 Million
Considered England’s national poet, William Shakespeare’s plays have been translated into every major language in the world. The author that wrote the world’s greatest tragedies, love sonnets, poems and unforgettable narratives, ironically left us with merely six known copies of his signature; none attached to a manuscript. Three of Shakespeare’s authenticated signatures were linked to the deed of his house, while the other three were linked to his will. Although all belong to private institutions, if an authenticated autograph was ever sold it would be worth $3-5 million.
1. World’s Largest Diamond Necklace: $55 Million
Thirty years ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the centerpiece of the world’s most expensive necklace was discovered. Recovered by a young girl under a pile of debris, the egg-sized yellow diamond is the staple piece to the world’s most astonishing necklace. ‘The Golden Giant’ as it is often called, is comprised of more than 407 carats, and hovers from a rose gold setting surrounded with 90 white diamonds. The glittering $55 million rose gold necklace was presented for sale in Singapore (a location renowned for its multi- millionaires) in 2013.