10 Of The Most Expensive And Outrageous Auction Items Ever

To borrow a line from the Wu-Tang Clan, there’s no denying that cash moves everything around us. These auctions are a bit outside our price range, but a Washington’s Lottery winner could easily head home with these (and many other) high-end items.

1. Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”

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How long does it take to spend $120 million? 12 minutes, apparently: Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s iconic painting went for a record-breaking (and incredibly hard to count to) $119,922,500 just a few short weeks ago, bought by a telephone bidder in less than a quarter of an hour. How much did you drop on that Dark Knight Rises poster at Comic-Con, again?

2. This Rare Tyrannosaurus Skeleton

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Any interest in snagging a near-complete dino skeleton to complement your top secret island fortress and/or evil underground lair? This tyrannosaurus skeleton just went for a cool mil to an anonymous bidder, who will (presumably) use their newfound friend’s fossils to clone an army of sinister dinos in a bid for world domination. Or it’ll be a really fancy conversation piece for the living room — you know, whatever works.

3. Nicolas Cage’s Action Comics #1

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The only thing that could possibly raise the price of a mint condition Action Comics #1 — the very first appearance of a certain spit-curled Kryptonian — is if it was originally owned by ubiquitous actor Nicolas Cage. The comic was stolen from the actor’s estate in early 2000, and didn’t resurface until over a decade later, when it was discovered in a dusty San Fernando Valley storage locker. The comic was eventually auctioned off for a record $2.16 million, but, sadly, the Wicker Man himself didn’t see a dime.

4. A Private Jet

Public transit is stuffy, smelly, and most importantly, it’s for suckers. Bypass the bus and head straight for the skies with your own high-end private jet, like the luxurious Grumman Gulfstream II. This majestic jet sold on auction site eBay for a staggering $4.9 million dollars back in 2001, an impressive price that kicked off the site’s aviation category in style. Question: if your purchase can be flown directly to you, do you still have to pay shipping and handling?

5. Elvis Presley’s Hair

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There’s a big underrated benefit to being rich and famous that too many aspiring socialites overlook: once you’re dead, people will want to buy your hair. For thousands and thousands of dollars. Take legendary crooner Elvis Presley, for example, who’s signature locks just went for a staggering $15,000 at an all-Elvis auction in Chicago. Here’s hoping the winning bid was part of a super secret initiative to clone Sir Swivel Hips for modern audiences — we’re sick and tired of that hologram nonsense.

6. Leonardo DaVinci’s Codex Leicester

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How much would you pay to read the scientific speculations of the Renaissance’s greatest thinker? Microsoft founder Bill Gates dropped a whopping $30.8 million when the codex was last auctioned, and subsequently had many of its pages scanned and distributed on a CD-ROM. The book includes ahead-of-their-time theories on the tectonic plates, the phenomenon of planetshine, and some surprisingly decent Mad Men fan-fiction.

7. The Camera That George Lucas Shot Star Wars On

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Breaking the records for both Star Wars memorabilia and vintage Hollywood film cameras, the Panavision that originally filmed Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope went for a whopping $625,000 at an auction late last year. Next year: the same auction, but digitally “remastered” by George Lucas so that another camera shoots first.

8. Marilyn Monroe’s Iconic Dress

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It might be hard to justify spending $4.6 million on a single slip of pleated cloth, but when its one of the most iconic articles of clothing this side of Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany, the price-tag becomes just a bit easier to swallow.

9. The World’s Most Expensive Burger

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The absolute best part of winning the lottery is never having to scarf down another forkful of ramen. This record-breaking burger is being auctioned for an unheard-of $10,000, with ingredients including Wagyu beef, white truffles, pricey Spanish ham, a handmade brioche bun, and a 24-karat gold leaf, naturally. Question: if you eat this burger while drinking a $1 Arizona Iced Tea, will it create some kind of reality-warping price paradox?

10. Your Own Private Island

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Second best part about winning the lottery: never having to deal with the working class ever again. Escape from the depressing blue-and-white-collared crowds by buying your very own private island off the coast of Vancouver — an absolute steal at $75 million, we’re sure. The 780-acre island includes six guest cottages, a 5,000 square foot manor, and a private air strip.

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