Rare copy of US Constitution could fetch $20M at Sotheby’s

An exceptionally rare first-edition printed copy of the US constitution is going on sale in New York, with Sotheby’s auction house expecting bids up to $20 million.A page of the first printing of the United States Constitution is displayed at the offices of Sotheby’s auction house in New York on September 17, 2021. It is one of just 11 surviving copies and the last in private hands, from the first printing of the document’s final text, produced for delegates of the 1787 Constitutional Convention and Continental Congress. Drafted during secret meetings in Philadelphia, the US Constitution laid the foundation for American democracy … Continue reading Rare copy of US Constitution could fetch $20M at Sotheby’s

Rare Harry Potter book sells for £80k at Leyburn auction

A rare first edition of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in “exceptional condition” has sold for a magic £80,000 at auction. The book was one of 500 hardback copies printed in its first run in 1997 and bought from a Nottingham bookshop. On the book’s copyright page, the world famous author is credited simply as “Joanne Rowling”. Auctioneers Tennants, of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, had estimated the volume would sell for about £20,000-£30,000. The £80,000 price ticket for the “exceptional copy, first edition, first impression, case-bound issue” sold on Wednesday excludes the buyer’s premium, said the auctioneers. Tennants … Continue reading Rare Harry Potter book sells for £80k at Leyburn auction

Mystery buyer spends $12.3m on a diamond and pays in cryptocurrency

A 101-carat diamond has become the most expensive jewel ever purchased with cryptocurrency, according to Sotheby’s, the auction house behind the sale. The pear-shaped gemstone sold Friday for the equivalent of $12.3 million, after the auctioneer announced it was accepting offers in bitcoin and ethereum, in addition to traditional forms of payment. Sotheby’s would not disclose which of the two cryptocurrencies had been used to make the purchase. The diamond, dubbed “The Key 10138,” went to an “anonymous private collector,” according to a press release. In a press statement, Sotheby’s deputy chairman for jewelery in Asia, Wenhao Yu, said the sale … Continue reading Mystery buyer spends $12.3m on a diamond and pays in cryptocurrency

A sealed copy of Super Mario 64 just sold at auction for $1.5 million

A copy of Mario 64 floating in front of a lot of money. Today, a highly rated and completely sealed copy of the Nintendo 64 classic Super Mario 64 sold at auction for a jaw-dropping $1,560,000. This beats the previous record for a single video game auction, which was held by an ultra-rare copy of The Legend Zelda and was set just a few days ago. That rare game sold for an impressive sale price of $870,000 on July 9. Auctioned off through popular auction house Heritage Auctions, this copy of Super Mario 64 was given a 9.8 rating on the Wata scale. As a result of … Continue reading A sealed copy of Super Mario 64 just sold at auction for $1.5 million

Chinese liquor fetches $1.4 million at auction at Sotheby

A rare case of China’s fiery national liquor has sold for more than $1 million, more than five times what experts had estimated it would fetch.The rare 1974 “Sun Flower” Kweichow Moutai sold at auction by Sotheby’s this month. Sotheby’s announced on Friday that it had sold a crate of the beloved spirit, Kweichow Moutai, for an eye-popping £1 million (almost $1.4 million) in London. That’s the highest price ever paid at an auction for a single lot of Moutai outside China, according to the auction house. It said the winning bid had come from an Asian collector, thought it did not … Continue reading Chinese liquor fetches $1.4 million at auction at Sotheby

US Double Eagle gold coin sold for record $18.9m

A 1933 US gold coin has been sold at a Sotheby’s auction in New York City for a record $18.9m (£13.4m). With a face value of $20, the Double Eagle was the last gold coin produced for intended circulation in America. But it was never issued as President Franklin D Roosevelt withdrew the US from the gold standard, in an effort to lift the country from depression. Most of the coins were then destroyed and declared illegal to own – with the exception of the one sold on Tuesday. It had belonged for a time to King Farouk of Egypt, … Continue reading US Double Eagle gold coin sold for record $18.9m