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1. Action Comics #1 sold for $3.2 Million at an Ebay auction in 2014.
The comic marked the debut of the Man of Steel, Superman. There are considered to be around 50 of the #1 left in existence. This particular copy, with its “perfect white pages”, was in mint condition.
It would have sold originally for 10 cents.
2. The most expensive pair of sneakers ever sold were a pair of autographed Air Jordans worn by his Airness in a game.
It took nearly 30 minutes at Southeby’s auction for the hammer to fall at a staggering $560,000 last May.
The previous record? A pair of 1972 Nike Waffle Racing “Flat Moon Shoes” that went for $437,500 in 2019.
3. In 1933, President Roosevelt banned all US Citizens from owning gold. As a result, all 1933 Double Eagles were never released. However, a few coins managed to escape.
One made its way to King Farouk of Egypt, who sold it back to a U.S. citizen, who himself was forced to split the sale price with the US Government in order to retain ownership. The reason? It was and still is illegal to own the 1933 Double Eagle.
4. The most expensive prop helmet ever created will be sold at auction in September. The iconic Maverick Helmet is expected to fetch $65,000 but there are many who believe it could go for more… a lot more. Some believe the winning bid could be as high as $250,000.
5. The most expensive coin ever sold wasn’t gold, it was silver. The 1794 'Flowing Hair' Silver Dollar will likely go down in U.S. history as the most important coin ever minted. Why? Because it's technically the first-ever U.S. Dollar. It went for an eye-popping $10 Million.
6. Tokyo’s New Years' fish market auction is an absolute must on the social calendar. It was never better than 2019, when the year’s first bluefin tuna sold for a hefty $3.1M!
Japanese sushi restaurant owner Kiyoshi Kimura — known as the “Tuna King” — paid a record-setting amount for a giant bluefin tuna, but later lamented that he may have paid "a little too much.”
7. Screeching past James Bond’s Aston Martin ($4.6M) is… Robbie the Robot from 'Forbidden Planet?'
After making his film debut in 1956 in 'Forbidden Planet,' the robot would later make appearances in 'The Twilight Zone' and 'Addams Family.' The piece fetched $5.37 Million at Bonham’s NYC auction house.
8. There are some who'd say the Steiff Louis Vuitton bear, which sold for $2.1M, was the most expensive toy ever sold. But there are many who believe luxury brands don’t qualify as toys, myself included.
To that end, the most expensive toy ever sold was a Jonah and the Whale mechanical bank that sold for $414k. The beast spits out the hapless mariner whenever a coin is placed in the slot. Mechanical banks are among the most avidly collected toys in the world, often selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction.
9. A 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout Superfractor card from Trout’s minor league days took the top spot when it sold for $3.936 million at auction.
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