Wondering about wild grapes

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wondering about high dollar auction items.

Do you like auctions?  I do, but I rarely buy anything.  I sure wouldn't be in the bidding at some of the high dollar auctions I have heard about.  I like things that have to do with science but some people do not.  So, what if we compared some high dollar auctions, one for science related items and one for the rest of the things that went to auction in the past.  In science, a writing (Codex Leicester) by Leonardo de Vinci sold for $30.8 million where as artwork (The Scream) went for $119.9 million.  OK, let us try again.  In science, John James Audubon's first edition book, The Birds of America, sold for $11.5 million where as a Stradivarius violin went for a lot more, $15.9 million.  Large fossil skeletons (Allosaurus and Stegosaurus) went for $2.7 million but  Babe Ruth's jersey from 1920 went for $4.4 million and Ulysses S. Grant's sword even brought $1.7 million.  An Egyptian sarcophagus from around 1000 B.C. brought $120,000 but a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles early drawing demanded $72,000.  Now since we all like candy, a single brown M&M flown on SpaceShipOne brought in $1400.  Now I just want you to know that none of the above are in either my nor my wife's colletions.  I like auctions but not at those prices!!  How about you.  Now go collect some great stuff and have a great day, you hear?


  1. Never been to one. And there is one here every week or so.

  2. The most expensive auction I ever personally went to was a land auction for property near mine. While I had cash in hand, I very soon became a spectator. The land went for double its assessed value. Auctions can be crazy.

  3. Trouble, they are fun if you don't get carried away. Never try to out bid anybody. Just bid up to the value you put on the object.

    Sixbears, yes they can get crazy. That is when you put your money back into your pocket.

  4. I've won several on-line auctions, but I always set a cap for myself before bidding!

    I'd like to go to some more auctions (live) here in Houston, but I would only go during the week!

  5. We bought our house at an auction. Ended up paying 45% less than the asking price, so we know we got a steal at the time. It was our first home, and we are still in it. That was the only thing I ever bought at an auction. Nobody else was there for the house that day but us, and the owner told us he was a softie for giving some young kids with a baby (us) a good break. He died a year later.

  6. HJ, my wife and I used to go to auctions back some years ago. Always enjoyed them. We have in the past both bought and sold on EBay.

    Jill, sounds like you really did find a bargain and it is great that you are still living in it.

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