Would you pay a million dollars for a watch? Or $100,000 for a video game? Believe it or not, there are people in this world who did exactly that. Here’s a list of rare and historical items that sold for a ridiculous amount of money. What would you spend to have one of these items? Let us know in the comments below!
The iconic Hollywood sign represents all the dreams and promises of Tinseltown. The sign itself has evolved over the decades, but some form of the Hollywood sign has been in place for 95 years. One of the prototypes for the sign sold for $450,400 on eBay. What would someone even do with a sign that big?
The First American Penny
The first penny is 226 years old and sold for $1.2 million in an auction in Boston in 2015. The coin is known as the “Birch Cent.” It was made in 1792 and depicts lady liberty. The design was discussed in letters back and forth between Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. There are only 10 of these coins in existence, according to collectors.
This model was originally sold from 1962-1964. At the time, a new Ferrari GTO sold for $18,000. Now, this classic car has become the most expensive car in the world. Collectors tout that the Ferrari GTO perfectly embodies everything about the manufacturer. In 2013, a Ferrari GTO was sold for $52 million dollars. In 2018, one sold for $70 million dollars.
Nintendo Game Cartridge
This cartridge for the Nintendo Entertainment System sold for just over $100,000 on eBay in 2014. The cartridges were sold in a magazine for a promotional giveaway. There are only 26 cartridges loaded with Super Mario Bros., and Tetris. Other cartridges sold for $99,000, and there are more up on eBay right now going for over $100,000.
Henry Graves Supercomplication Watch
A “complication” in watch making simply means an extra feature aside from telling time. Henry Graves had a custom watch made with 24 complications, including Westminster chimes, a perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, and a celestial map of New York as seen from Graves’s apartment on Fifth Avenue. The watch was made in 1932 and recently sold for $24 million dollars.