It has been said time and time again that you can buy anything and everything in the auction rooms. Having been established for over 28 years within the industry, we would certainly agree with this statement! It’s not often that we’re shocked by a sale item, however the prices that some of our more “random” pieces go for can result in a few raised eyebrows in the UK Auctioneers office.
It was reported in the news last week that a fallen beech tree that once featured in Game of Thrones is not only going up for auction, but is expected to reach staggeringly high bids, with interest already building as far away as Australia and China. This got us intrigued to see what other unusual items have gone for big money in the worldwide auctions…
So here you have it; our Top 5 “unique sales.”
1- A Dorito crisp shaped like the Papal Tiara sold for an amazing $1,209! I’m sure most lovers of Doritos will concur that this crisp is not exactly 1,209 dollars’ worth of unique, but perhaps we’re being sceptical?
2- A company in Brazil claimed to have invented the first ever UFO detector, which sold for $135.03. This may sound incredibly cheap for a device that can identify the unknown; alas we once again have our doubts as to its authenticity.
3- A 64-year-old slice of Royal Wedding cake sold for £1,100 In 2011. The cake originated from the Queen’s wedding to the Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 and was remarkably still in one piece, preserved in baking parchment.
4- Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s breath in a jar reportedly sold for £340 in 2010. Relatively cheap when compared to bags of air from a 2013 Kanye West tour which almost sold for an incredible £47,200 before they were quickly taken offline.
5- Guinea Pig armour sold for $24,300. This is our certainly our favourite out of the top 5 unique sales. At least some genuine effort went into creating this; its (almost) artistic right?
Fancy your own?
For anyone looking to start their own unique collection of items, why not check out the list below of upcoming items in the Taylor & Fletcher sale (21st February 10:00am) and the Wilkinson’s sale (24th February 11:00am.)
A 19th C. brass cased three bladed bleeding knife/phleem, 9.5cm
Estimate: £20 – £30 VIEW NOW
A heavily patinated 18th Century washing bat carved with two dates, 1778 and 1873 (possibly pine or ash?), 63cm.
Estimate: £180 – £220 VIEW NOW
A Late 15th/Early 16th Century Bronze Holy Water Bucket (A/F). The flared body with ridged bands, a looped swing handle and three paw feet, 15 in (38 cm) high [handle up], 10 in (25.5 cm) in diameter.
Estimate: £1,400 – £1,800 VIEW NOW
A Late 16th Century Iron Padlock with Key, possibly Swedish. The barrel shaped body wrapped in two iron bands adorned with punched and incised decoration and having a scroll ended shackle, and a vertical key slot, 3½ in (9 cm) in length [excluding key’]. Estimate: £1,000 – £1,500 VIEW NOW
A 19th Century Sperm Whale Tooth Scrimshaw engraved with sailing ship and compass points, 4 in (10 cm) in length.
Estimate: £100 – £150 VIEW NOW