April showers made money rain down on the luxury market. Here are some of the most outrageous purchases made in the month of April:
Across the globe, people recognized and commemorated the 100th anniversary of the day that the legendary Titanic sank on April 14. As such, a piece of paper with the last lunch menu aboard the ship and the emblem R.M.S. Titanic was sold at auction for $122,000. The item belonged to Dr. and Mrs. Dodge, survivors of the disaster, and stayed in their family until auction day.
Breal’s Silver Cup, or the first Marathon Winner’s Cup, was presented to the first marathon winner at the inaugural Modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1986. At an auction held at Christie’s in London, Stavros Niarchos Foundation purchased the same treasure cup for a whopping $868,000 and plans rto keep it in a museum in Athens.
A rare 1793 penny that was one of the first struck at the United States Mint in Philadelphia was sold at auction for more than $1 million. The buyer remains unidentified.
The most expensive of heiress Huguette Clark’s jewels sold at auction was a 9-carat pink diamond, sold to diamond dealer Brett Stettner for $14 million. The total lot sold for $18 million – double the pre-sale estimates. You heard it here first.
A rare ceramic Ruyao bowl from 900 years ago was sold at auction in Hong Kong for an outstanding $27 million, smashing pre sale estimates. The ceramic piece set a record for the most expensive ceramic piece of the Song dynasty. You heard it here first.
Source: Business Insider