One of the "Big Three" of the rarest U.S. coins, an 1895-S Barber U.S. dime, sold for $2 million at a Tampa coin auction. The coin represents one of the latest examples of extravagant auction purchases to make the news. We've compiled some of the strangest and most pricey auction purchases.
San Francisco millionaire Kate Birdsall Johnson might be the greatest #cat enthusiast in US history. In 1891, she commissioned Austrian artist Carl Kahler to create a large-scale painting of 42 of her 350 much-loved cats, which her husband lightheartedly titled ‘My Wife’s Lovers’. Video at link in bio! The work is on view at Sotheby’s #NYC headquarters from 30 October – 2 November, ahead of the 19th Century European Art sale on 3 November. #NationalCatDay #CatsOfInstagram #meow 😻
The 75-inch-by-102-inch painting My Wife's Lovers by Austrian artist Carl Kahler, which features 42 cats sold for $826,000 in an auction at Sotheby's in New York.
The work, believed to be the world's largest cat painting was inspired by Khaler's visit to art collector Kate Johnson's "cat ranch" where she reportedly kept as many as 350 cats.
Labeled the "world's most valuable biscuit" a Spillers and Bakers Pilot cracker, which originated from a survival kit on a Titanic lifeboat sold to a Greek collector for $23,000 at a British auction.
The cracker was saved from the crash by Carpathia passenger James Fenwick, as the ship picked up Titanic survivors.
The portrait entitled Emperor Haute Couture Margaret Sutherland was originally purchased by public servant Danielle Potvin for $5,750 in 2012.
She planned to use the funds from the auction towards a $40,000 home renovation project.
The NFL necktie worn by former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford when he confessed to smoking crack cocaine fetched $12,997 in an eBay auction.
The tie, which received 111 bids, was one of several pieces of memorabilia sold by Ford on eBay.
Each item was accompanied by a signed Certificate Authenticity from Ford.
Stacks.co CEO Tim Knowles purchased three of Steve Jobs' business cards for $10,500 from a private high school auction in California.
The business cards, which were donated by a family who used to cater for Jobs, represent monumental points in his career marking his time at NeXt, Pixar and Apple.
"if there was ever a business card to have in your rolodex -- it would be Steve's -- we wouldn't be doing what we are doing right now if it wasn't for him!" Knowles said.