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December 16, 2010

I really like antiques. About a year and a half ago my friend Jake Ebner took me with him to a swap meet where he was selling some antiques, and I was hooked. Not only is it amazing how valuable plain-old old stuff can be, but it’s also really intresting to think about where the stuff comes from, who owned it all those years ago, etc etc. Needless to say American Pickers (on the History channel) is my cup of tea. Anyway, here are a few of the most expensive antiques ever sold, you might find it really interesting, I sure do. (Hopefully this list is current, who knows what’s selling right now…)

1. Published in 1623 and sold in 2006, Shakespeare’s “First Folio”, a collection of his plays, some of which were never reprinted, brought a whopping $5.1 million.

2. Finished in 1732 and sold in 2004 (I believe), the Badminton Cabinet, built by the Grand Ducal workshops and featuring sculpture, painting and architecture in one furniture piece, sold for $36 million.

3. Minted in 1933 and sold in 2002, the 1993 Gold Double Eagle was recalled by President Roosevelt as he took America off the gold standard (leaving a grand total of three (3) in the public, 2 given to the Smithsonian), one of these sold for $7.5 million.

4. Right now on eBay the most expensive antique book is a Quran written in the month of Ramadan in 1304. The entire book is only 1.6 cm wide, 2.7 cm high and 1.5 cm deep.  It comes with an original magnifying glass. The bidding starts at $1 million.

Now you know.

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