Top 3 weirdly valuable objects
Whenever you see or hear stories on the news of pieces of art, celebrity items, or other strange objects selling for more money than you will ever earn in your lifetime then you might find yourself wondering exactly why. The truth is that there is a market out there for rare items. Take the jockstrap worn by Russell Crowe in the film Gladiator - that was brought at an auction last year by British comedian John Oliver, and donated to one of the world’s last blockbuster stores in Alaska, for $7,000.
There are many items out there that you might not consider to be at all valuable, but that are actually worth vast amounts of money. This may be because they were created or owned by famous names, are extremely rare, or are sought after by collectors of certain objects by being unique or old. They are often sold for a huge amount more than their original value.
There are some interesting and entertaining stories behind some of the most bizarre objects that regularly fetch unspeakable quantities of money at sales and auctions that at least go some way to explaining why certain people are willing to shelve out small - and sometimes large - fortunes to purchase them. Here are 3 weird objects that you might not consider valuable, but come with large price tags.
1. Charizard Pokemon Card
Collecting trading cards is a hobby extremely popular among teens and young people, with the most popular and famous brands of these being Pokemon and Yugioh. What you might not realise is that the rarest and oldest of these cards can be worth a huge chunk of money. Among them is a holographic card for the Pokemon Charizard which, at last sale, was worth £1,000 - a 19,781% increase in value. This is because the card is a particularly rare one, and particularly sought after by collectors, jacking up the price to a point that those outside of the community might consider it a ludicrous price to pay.
2. F1 Number Plate
A popular item among the wealthy is a personalised number plate. A whole industry has sprung up around turning this regular, compulsory part of owning a car into a must-have item for the affluent by allowing people to customise their registration number for a large amount of cash. Some number plates are so desired that they are worth more than others - this is particularly the case with the F1 number plate. The much wanted number plate, named after the wildly popular car racing sport, was last valued at an eye watering £15 million.
3. Roses Error Stamp
As was seen with the pokemon card worth a grand, ordinary items that are often subject to collection can be suddenly increased in price by being rare. Collectors pride themselves on finding the most uncommon objects for their treasure trove. This is no less true for stamp collectors, with stamps that were printed with mistakes on them being on a lot of collectors wishlists.
Most notably among these is the so-called “Roses Error Stamp” - a stamp printed in 1978 with a value of just 13p. But a tiny number were printed without their price on them. There are just 3 of these in existence, and at last sale it was worth £130,000 - an over 16 million percent rise in its price. At the moment, all three are accounted for, with two copies owned by the Queen and the other by a private collector.