The world's largest collection of Scotch whiskey, 14 phot and text
The collection consists of 3384 bottles, which for 35 years, lovers of this drink from Brazil Clave Vidisha. He hunted with a few bottles around the world. Collection bought the British company Diageo - one of the world leaders in the production of alcoholic beverages. Experts call it "priceless." It presents all kinds of whiskey - from the most popular to the most rare.
Among the rarest specimens in the collection - a bottle Strathmill, issued in honor of the 100th anniversary of the distillery Speyside. There were produced 100 bottles of whiskey, and offered to buy a small circle of selected audience, among which were several heads of state. But of all his collection Clave vidish most proud of whiskey Dimple Pinch - one of the first special editions of Scotch whiskey. He bought a bottle of Dimple Pinch in 1969 for a thousand dollars - at that time it was the most expensive bottle of Scotch whiskey collector's market.
A unique collection of watches Rolex
Rolex name comes first to mind when it comes to prestigious luxury wristwatches. Luxury watches have been collected by the Italian collector David Bleem, who during his life takes only the most exclusive and high-quality models of the beloved brand. The collection Blei, who preferred quality to quantity, turned out to be only the very best, rare and unique Rolex.
The jewel of the collection is a model Stelline Oyster Perpetual Chronometer, the estimated cost of which is estimated at 320 thousand. Dollars. Another outstanding model can be called Paul Newman Cosmograph Daytona with white dial with gold numbers and additional black dials. For her plan to gain from 58 to 87 thousand. Dollars.
Biggest collection of stamps
Philippe Ferrari was one of the greatest collectors of all ages. His collection was the largest in the world and includes all known at the time philatelic rarities. So far surpass the collection of Ferrari failed anyone. He was called the King of postage stamps.
He began collecting stamps at the age of 10, in 1859, following the advice of her mother, one of the richest and most famous women in Europe. After her death in 1888, he became heir to a multimillion state, which contributed to the development of his hobby. First he bought the brand in Paris and Brussels from local merchants. In 1878 he acquired for the sum of $ 15,000 in one of the world's largest collections of stamps - a collection of Australian Governor Sir Daniel Cooper.
At the same time Ferrari became the owner of the rarest stamps of the world - famous odnotsentovki British Guiana in 1856. He paid for it $ 600. In 1894, he became the owner of the unique Swedish brand with a color error 1857. He paid for this brand $ 2000.
He bequeathed his collection to the German Museum of the Post. He ordered that his collection could participate in exhibitions not earlier than 3 years after his death, under the name Arnold Collection, apart from other collections exhibition room. He also wanted his collection is periodically replenished, the funds for this purpose he left the museum administration.
His famous collection was sold in Paris and Zurich in 1921-25 years., Sufficiently hard and unfavorable conditions for buyers. Description of the lots were scarce, it does not give any guarantee on the authenticity nor the state stamps. The entire collection was presented in 8058 as the large lots, some of which contained more than 10 thousand marks. The proceeds from the sale of the collection was in excess of 23 million French francs. Among the buyers of the brands Ferrari collection were many well-known philatelists of the time, including Lichtenstein, Paik, Hindi, Allen, Caspari, Harmer, Burrus and Crocker.
Diamond Fund of the Russian Federation
Diamond Fund - the richest museum in Russia. Created by Peter I as a repository of state regalia, insignia, ceremonial jewelry, it is replenished throughout the reign of the Romanov dynasty, and later, during the Soviet era. This is a unique collection of works by the best jewelers of Russia and the world, rare specimens of gems and nuggets of precious metals.
Founded in 1922 as the Diamond Fund of the USSR. The original collection of the royal family since the middle of the XVIII century. - In the Diamond Room of the Winter Palace (St. Petersburg), from 1914 - in Moscow. As a permanent exhibition was opened in 1967. It presents historical relics: the symbols of royal power - power, scepter, crown; rare gems and jewelry XVI-XIX centuries. - Diamonds "Orlov" (189, 62 carats) and "Shah" (88, 7 carats), the world's largest faceted sapphire (258, 8 carats), the largest surviving in the world of gold nuggets "Big Triangle" (36 kg) et al. In XX century. Diamond Fund replenished large crystals of diamond-bearing pipes deposits of Yakutia - "Peace", "Successful", "Aikhal" interesting shaped gold nuggets "Mephisto" (20, 25 g), "rabbit ears" (3 kg 344 g), etc. . The Diamond Fund of modern jewelry exhibited local artists.
Bicycles House of Romanov
Rare collection assembled enthusiasts Museum "Peterhof", which is now stored in a Moscow museum-manor "Kuskovo". It thirteen bicycles Imperial House of Romanov. Here the famous personal "Kostotryas" Alexander II, and "Premier" Alexander III with a huge front wheel and the conjugal "Tandem" Nikolai II, and children's iron scooter, to travel where and heirs to the throne, and bogopomazannye their parents felt a lot of stress on rear seats due to the absence of shock absorbers and tires. Nevertheless, "Kostotryas" Alexander II, was released in Paris in 1887, with real pedals, it was considered a great achievement and was awarded at the World Exhibition.
At the turn of XIX - XX centuries bikes began to make two, three and more local. And the Russian tsars, reputed avid mods immediately appeared all Western trends that cost big money.
The largest collection of bells gathered former chief curator of the State Museum of AS Pushkin Semyon Geychenko. Since the 40s began to collect bells Semyon Stepanovich, hoping to equip the bell tower of the Assumption Cathedral in the Holy Monastery, where the ashes of the great Russian poet. Over time, the bells and chimes had accumulated so much that they have no place in the house. The owner hung on the fence of the largest in the estate. Caretaker day vyzvanival them morning and evening the tattoo. Geychenko made that the best of its bells were hoisted on the cathedral tower. Now their annual ringing Pushkin Poetry Festival opens at the Mikhailovsky.
A unique collection of bells gathered as Rimas Geniušas from Lithuania. Firstborn collection - bell from Rome depicting the Roman she-wolf. Next - a Dutch, a girl in a skirt, bell-opener from Hungary. Sleigh Bells Russian triples coexist with bells Indian mahout. The largest bell in the collection Rimas Geniušas weighs 150 kilograms, and the smallest is made as a decoration on the ring.
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Coat of insects
The uniqueness of this special - not the number of insects (although there are several thousands) and in a variety of species, and in the "form feed". The coat of arms of the Russian state made of beetles and butterflies Germans Schmidt and Leybahom in 1842. From the Moscow Society of Naturalists, he was handed over to the Zoological Museum of Moscow State University named after Lomonosov M, where it is stored to the present.