In any area of life, a special place is given to rare things. It is no wonder, after all it is the present exclusive, unusual for others subject which owner is you. True, one rarity is not enough – certain advantages are also necessary. It is for this purpose that this list of really rare and most valuable items in its field is provided.
The list is headed, of course, by precious stones. They have long been considered a symbol of luxury and wealth. The greatest rarity and the most famous jewel is the red diamond, and of semi-precious stones, painite is recognized. The number of red diamonds is quite large, but large ones can be called units. Such unusual color is determined by human intervention at the atomic level. The largest red diamond weighs 5.11 carats and belongs to the company Moussaieff Jewellers Ltd. The first painite was discovered about 60 years ago in Burma, half a century in the world there were only a couple of such stones, which made them unique. However, not so long ago a deposit of painites was found, which increased their number to hundreds. Such a rare stone has an orange color or a reddish-brown color, which is due to the presence of iron.
The next rarity is the signature of the famous Shakespeare. Skeptics are still arguing whether he really wrote all those famous tragedies and comedies. While experts understand, the author’s autographs are rapidly becoming more expensive. Today the most expensive signature of Shakespeare is estimated at $ 5 million, 6 of them came to us, which made the author’s autographs the rarest. The uniqueness of the signatures is attached to the fact that this is, in fact, the only samples of his signatures. After all, not a single manuscript work of the English writer was found, which gave rise to a wave of doubt. Three signatures from the six stand on Shakespeare’s will, another one on the paper confirming the ownership of the London house, and twice William signed on paper on the rights to the play and evidence in court.
Rare are some animals. And it’s not about exotic species, but about pets that can be presented to the whole world, showing their high status. The most unusual breed of domestic cats is Asher. This hybrid was named after the Phoenician goddess, the mistress and the foremother of the other gods. The cat was bred in 2006 on the basis of biotechnology. To the normal genes of the domestic cat, the genes of the African serval and the Asian leopard cat were added. However, later it turned out that these animals belong to the Savannah breed bred in the American nursery, DNA tests confirmed it. Nevertheless, Asher cats are the largest of domestic. Their weight can reach 14 kilograms, and length – up to 1 meter. Unsurprising and high price – an unusual kitten costs from 22 to 27 thousand dollars.
The most rare music album is the disc of John Lennon and Yoko Ono “Double Fantasy”. The disc was truly fatal – the famous singer put his signature on it just 5 hours before his own death. Moreover, John gave the disk to Mark Chapman, his future murderer. The meeting took place on December 8, 1980 on the porch of the New York home star couple. Photographer Paul Goresh, who was at that moment nearby, even captured the moment of the disk’s signature. On the same day, Chapman met Lennon again, killing him. Hiding in confusion from the crime scene, the fan lost a record that fell on a flower bed. Later the album was found by the janitor and transferred to the police as material evidence, as the fingerprints of the killer remained on the plate. The court returned the relic to the finder, who kept it for 19 years. In 1999, the record was sold to the company “Moments in time”, which resold it in 2010 at an auction. Only the initial cost of the disk was 850 thousand dollars.True, the current owner of the relics will hardly be able to gain fame – he simply does not advertise his name, as threats from fans of the Beatles are being sung in his address.
Collectors are ready to pay a lot of money for rare errors. As a result, someone’s oversight then brings millions. A similar case occurred with the most rare postage stamp “Yellow Treskilling”. Its price for today is 2.3 million, although the initial cost is only 3 skilling. The history of the rarity is as follows. In 1855, Sweden printed both blue postage stamps at the price of three skilling, and yellow, at a price of 8. Once in the printing house, the colors were mixed and the sale went to the mark in 3 skilling yellow. The error was quickly revealed, as a result, only one such brand remained today, and even then it was in the form of a dump. This is what gave rise to its high value. The unnamed buyer bought a rarity for 2.3 million dollars, although initially the organizers of the bidding put the price twice as high.
Luxury real estate.
Another way to stand out is the acquisition of elite real estate. The most rare and unusual dwelling is undoubtedly the castle located in Transylvania. He is enveloped in secrets and legends, because the owner of it once was Count Dracula himself. Today anyone can buy these gloomy apartments for an amount of $ 64 million. Perhaps, in this place no one will disturb the owner’s privacy, few will dare to go in. Meanwhile, the castle could not be bought, and representatives of the current owners, the Habsburgs, plan to create a private museum here.
A sign of elitism is the possession of rare horses. They were always real companions of aristocrats. Today, the most rare breed of horses is Sarraia. There are only 200 individuals left in the world today. Watching these graceful horses, one can imagine their South Iberian ancestors, who were tamed by man among the first. But their physical advantages are the Austrian lipizzaners, derived in due time specifically for military purposes. The cost of one such horse comes to 100 thousand dollars. The most expensive horse of the planet was the purebred stallion Mongju, which was sold for $ 75 million.
“The Bible” by Johann Gutenberg.
Many people try to buy expensive books, but the rarest of them is simply impossible to buy. However, experts were able to estimate it at $ 25 million. The most rare book on the planet is the first printed work – “The Bible” by Johann Guttenberg. In 1456, the printer published 2 volumes, none of them has survived to this day. But the collector can buy one of the pages of a rare book, not so long ago, this was sold for 25 thousand dollars. The approximate cost of such a “Bible” is confirmed by the fact that one of its volumes, a later edition, was sold for $ 5.5 million. Today on the Internet you can find digitized copies of the legendary book.
The most expensive precious necklace today costs about 16 million dollars and this thing is truly beautiful. The product is decorated with a blue pear-shaped diamond with a weight of 14 carats. To the blue eyes of the owner this decoration will go very much. Framing the necklace of white gold and a whole scattering of ordinary diamonds, smaller ones, only emphasizing the nobility of the product. True beauty is not catchy, much more important is sophistication. This is how the necklace will look on the gentle neck of the lady.
One of the rarest bottles of wine is a bottle that does not even have a label! But there is a handwritten inscription “1787 Lafitte Th. J.”. It is believed that once the drink belonged to Thomas Jefferson himself. The third US president once served as ambassador to France, collecting bottles of wine for his collection. Bottle Bordeaux Château Lafite 1787 for about 20 years is considered the most expensive wine in the world.It was bought for its collection by Christopher Forbes for 160 thousand dollars.
Chinese vases are highly valued among collectors. The rarest of them refers to the era of the Yuan dynasty and is a graphic representation of the Chinese classical style. On a white background there is a painting with cobalt-blue underglaze painting. The vase was created in the middle of the 14th century, remaining the only surviving one since then. The most expensive porcelain product was sold in 2006 at the Sotheby’s auction for 4.72 million dollars. Before that, it appeared on public auction in 1993 and was then almost four times cheaper. The relic itself is rather small – 34 centimeters in height.
Coins usually have a small denomination, but the rarest of them can cost quite a lot. The most expensive coin sold at auction was a double eagle, with a face value of $ 20. At one time in the United States decided to withdraw from the gold standard and seized in the 30s of the last century such moments from circulation in general. The government then decided to send double eagles for melting. However, an unforeseen happened – in 1933 the intruders penetrated the monetary storehouse of the country’s Ministry of Finance. They, among other things, stole 10 coins with eagles. 9 of them, the intelligence services eventually returned, and the latter was lost for half a century. She eventually found in the collection of a certain Stephen Fenton. He was even arrested in New York, the hearings lasted for 5 years. As a result, the parties found a compromise – the coin forever remains the property of the United States, but the collector can always sell it. The cost of the most expensive coin is $ 7.9 million.
Soup from a swallow’s nest.
The most exotic and expensive dish in the world is soup from a swallow’s nest. Although the composition of the most swallow’s nest is already nothing, but the traditional name is preserved. According to legend, in the XIII century, one Chinese emperor retreated from the troops of Genghis Khan and was driven to a rocky island, where of the vegetation there were only shrubs. Over time, the troops ran out of food, and the soldiers began to search for something at least edible. These were the nests of swifts, which eventually became known as swallows. Then this exotic food saved the army from hunger, but the emperor could not be saved from shame. In our time, soup of swallows’ nests has become very expensive and therefore popular with the people concerned. The dish itself is a set of fry, fish caviar and all that birds can find in the water. Nests are so popular that high demand forces the birds to create their nests several times. A high price is simply due to – the collection of swallow nests is quite a dangerous occupation. Birds build themselves houses on steep rocks, where there is a great risk of falling. The high popularity of the dish is associated not only with the incredible dish, but also because soup is still a powerful aphrodisiac. In appearance it is mucus, and in density reminds kissel.