Sales of the world (34 photos + text)

"Christie's" - the famous auction house, named after the founder James Christie. The history of the house began December 5, 1766. Since then its halls perfected than one hundred historical transactions, and in the collection of the house visited by thousands of rare and unique items. The auction houses are going to people who know how to appreciate antique and unique. This Pictures of the we suggest you take a look at the most interesting, rare and unique items from various auctions of the world.

1. A bottle of beer «Lowenbrau» and a jug of milk from the wreckage of the airship «Hindenburg», which burned down in New Jersey in 1937. Andrew Eldridge from an English auction house «Henry Aldridge and Son» says that the bottle remains about 80% of the beverage. This bottle is the most expensive bottle of beer in the world. (Henry Aldridge and Son)



2. A rare miniature of Peter the Great in a diamond-encrusted frame was sold at auction in New York on November 2 for 1, $ 3 million. George Roberts of Arizona bought it from a London dealer in 1951 and was not aware of its importance, has not yet made an assessment in the summer of this year. In this photo you can see the front and back of the portrait. (Sotheby's / AP)


3. This square emerald-cut diamond in 32.01 carats was sold at auction on October 21 for 7, 7 million dollars. Billionaire philanthropist Leonore Annenberg and, who died in March, bought it for my 90th birthday. Auction house «Christie's» did not want to reveal the name of the buyer. Ring expected to sell for as low as 3 to 5 million dollars. (Christie's / AP)


4. The surgeon from New York, paid 12,713 dollars for the September issue of the newspaper «Datebook» 1966, signed by John Lennon. The newspaper has a famous quote Lennon that "The Beatles" more popular than Jesus. (Courtesy of


5. A signed copy of Adolf Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf' was sold by auction in England on August 13 for 34,900 dollars. The buyer was an anonymous, to make a deal on the telephone. The book was signed in 1924, when Hitler was serving a four-year prison sentence. This copy is the second edition, which Hitler gave his cellmate in 1925. (Barry Batchelor, PA / AP)


6. One of the original photographs of Albert Einstein, indicating the language of photography, was sold for 74,324 dollars at auction in New Hampshire on 20 June. When Einstein signed the photo, he said that his gesture was addressed to all mankind. (RR Auction, LLC. / AP)


7. A rare stamp with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln went to auction in New York for 431,250 dollars June 13. Lot known as "brand refrigerator," as an envelope on which was this stamp was sent from Boston to cold stores in India in 1873. Mark was stolen from its original owner in Indianapolis in 1967, and 39 years later found in a house in Chicago. (Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries / AP)


8. Rare Audrey Hepburn stamp with a cigar sold by auction on May 26 in Berlin for 93,800 dollars - more than two minimum rates. There are only five copies of this brand. Most of them were destroyed after Hepburn's son refused to sell the copyright to the image in 2001. (Fritz Reiss, AP)


9. This rare blue diamond at 7.03 carats went to auction in Geneva on 12 May to a record price of 9, 49 million dollars. This item was the most expensive of the gemstones. The stone was discovered last year in the historic Cullinan mine in South Africa. (Martial Trezzini, Keystone / AP)


10. This silversmith 1804 Adams-Carter - one of the 15 did not put into circulation coins. Coin, bought 2 million in a private auction two years ago, went to Cincinnati auction April 30 for 2, 3 million. (Heritage Auction Galleries / AP)


11. This rare coupe version fighter «Spitfire» World War II was sold at auction in London for 2, 53 million on April 20. British adventurer Steve Brooks, who paid a record price for the flight, said in an interview with the London newspaper «Daily Mail», he believes that "these things are designed to ensure that they were used." (Alastair Grant, AP)


12. At the daguerreotype dating from 1848, you can see a lonely house on the site, which is now known as the Upper West Side of Manhattan. This is one of the oldest pictures in the world was sold at auction for 62,500 dollars to an unknown buyer March 30 in New York. (Sotheby's / AP)


13. Apparently, the crisis affects the dinosaurs. This complete skeleton of a dinosaur, which is 150 million years old (right), has not found a buyer at the auction in New York on March 21. 2-meter skeleton Dryosaurus, joined in this picture to other things the sale, was to be sold for half a million dollars. (Josh Chait, I.M. Chait Gallery / AP)


14. Sometime in the 1950s, 9-year-old boy paid for this comic 1938 35 cents. It was the first comic book, in which the famous Superman. March 13 drummer «System of a Down» and comics fan John Dolmayan bought comics for 317,200 dollars. (Metropolis Collectibles / AP)


15. The relatives of a deceased person found this rare car Bugatti Type 57S Atalante 1937 issue in his garage in Gosforth, England. This is one of the 17 existing cars this model. He left the auction for 4, $ 4 million in Paris on 7 February. (Bonhams / AP)


16. This ordinary tuna was sold for 104,700 dollars at the fish auction in Tokyo January 5. Fish weighing 127 kg - of 370 dollars per kilogram. It is the most expensive lot at the fish auction in 2001. The buyers were two sushi bar owner - one from Hong Kong and another from Japan. (Kyodo News / AP)


17. Zhao Danyang - fund managers from Hong Kong - received the right to have lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett for 2, $ 1 million in June 2008 at a charity auction from eBay. (Saul Loeb, AFP / Getty Images)


18. The unused life jacket from the famous "Titanic" went at auction in New York for 68,500 dollars June 25, 2008. The vest was found on the shoreline of Halifax after a ship sank off Newfoundland in 1912. (Christie's Images, Ltd. / AP)


19. The painting by Claude Monet «pond with water lilies" went at auction in London for more than $ 80 million June 24, 2008. This masterpiece of the artist in 1919 is one of four paintings of the series, dedicated to water lilies. (Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)


20. Fifteen 20-dollar bills were sold in Dallas June 14, 2008 for 37,000 dollars. Denominations, the cost of which amounted to almost 120 times more than their nominal value, were from foreclosure thief DB Cooper, which he received in 1971, before the jump from a plane and disappear. (LM Otero, AP)


21. This gold cup for years stored under the bed grandson junk, was sold at auction in Britain for $ 100 000 June 5, 2008. This cup - Persian artefact depicting the two-faced Roman god Janus. (Dukes Auctioneers, Handout / AFP)


22. The largest over the past few decades, colorless diamond was sold at auction May 28, 2008 in Hong Kong. Brilliant at 101.27 carats tiara left the auction «Christie's» a private buyer for 6, 21 million dollars. (Wally Santana, AP)


23. Ferrari California Spyder, 1961, which was once owned by actor James Coburn, was sold in Italy May 18, 2008. The car left at the price of 10.8949 million dollars and became the most expensive vintage car. (RM Auctions)


24. This is a letter in which Albert Einstein wrote his contempt for religion, was sold at a London auction for 404,000 dollars May 16, 2008. Buyer's described as "a collector's love of theoretical physics." (Bloomsbury Auctions / AP)


25. Lucian Freud's painting «'Benefits Supervisor Sleeping» was sold at auction «Christie's» in London May 13, 2008 for 33, 6 million dollars. The painting became the most expensive work of art of the artist during his lifetime. (Emmanuel Dunand, AFP / Getty Images)


26. Claude Monet painting "F / A Bridge at Argenteuil" was sold by Christie's auction in New York for $ 41 million May 6, 2008. This broke the record auction price for a French impressionist painting. The previous record was set last year for the painting "Nymphs" - she went at auction for 36, 5 million dollars. (Matt Dunham, AP)


27. Developer from Oklahoma City paid a ferris wheel spinning on the pier in Santa Monica, California in 1966, 132 400 dollars. He walked five rivals on eBay in April 2008. The wheel should be part of building in Oklahoma City. (Pacific Park Photo / AP)


28. Would you pay 1350 dollars for corn hlopinku in the form of Illinois? That is the price of one of the girls pushed on eBay in March 2008, it is a miracle to find a pack of cereal destined for breakfast. (Donald McIntire / AP)


29. The rich man from Abu Dhabi to fork out a license plate for a vehicle with a single digit "1". He paid him $ 14 million, beating the previous record of 6, 8 million for the license plate with the number "5". (Manuel Salazar, AP)


30. The auction «Sotheby's» in New York sold the copy of the Magna Carta in 1297. She went at auction for US $ 21.321 million in December 2007. (Stephen Chernin, Getty Images)


31. This prototype coins of 10 cents was established the US Mint in 1792. She went to the auction, along with other rare coins in the collection of the private buyer for $ 30 million in November 2007. (Heritage Auction Galleries / AP)


32. This truffle weighing 1, 50 kg, found Italian mushroom picker near Pisa in November 2007, went at auction for 330,000 dollars. The proceeds from the purchase of the funds were donated to organizations involved in the treatment of people with hereditary diseases. (Andrew Medichini, AP)


33. This globe that once belonged to Adolf Hitler, was sold at auction Greg Martin in San Francisco for $ 100 000 in October 2007. American soldiers stole this souvenir from the house of the Fuhrer in 1945. (Eric Risberg, AP


34. This car is the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso 1963 release, the owner of which was once an actor Steve McQueen, was sold for $ 2, $ 31 million to an anonymous buyer in October 2007. (William Claxton, Keystone / AP)




See also

New and interesting