Here is a list of either odd or stunningly unique million-dollar sales. Oddities with great items are purposefully mixed for your reading pleasure on this slow Monday evening (or Tuesday morning depending on where you are):
10-year old kid pays $2 million for a license plate
Record setting prices were paid for license plates with special plate numbers in Abu Dahbi this summer including for one by a 10-year old. Watch the video for the astronomical numbers:
The Sun is the center of the universe, not the Earth – says the book by Copernicus
The first edition of the famous Copernicus book – “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) written in 1543 – fetched $2.2 million at Christie’s auction, almost twice as much as the pre-auction estimate.
$2 million worth of heroin addiction charged on company credit card
According to the Herald Sun of Australia, a woman who was the executive assistant to the managing director of General Mills Australia spent $2.2 million on company credit cards to finance his husband’s heroin addiction. Before you start wondering how a drug dealer can accept credit cards – according to the article again – the card was used for regular shopping expenses, while her regular salary covered the cost of the drug.
Crystal jug mistakenly valued at £100 sells for £3.2 million
The 1,000-year-old pitcher, also known as a ewer, was sold at Christie’s for £3,177,250. Mistakenly, the jug was valued only £100 earlier and the initial auction ended with a £220,000 wining bid. The low hammer price was then canceled and finally, during a revised,proper auction the jug fetched over £3 million.
The ewer was the first (out of the 7 made) ever offered at an open auction. The Fatimid rulers of Cairo, Egypt commissioned the jug around the late 10th century or early 11th century AD.