The life of a collector isn’t always glamorous. There’s a lot of studying. A lot of waiting. A lot of chasing false leads. Even some disappointment. But then there are those moments that make it all worth it, either because you’ve acquired a piece that brings you tons of joy or sold a piece that brings you tons of money. This article focuses on the latter. Take a look at some of the most expensive pieces of memorabilia that have ever sold at auction.
Babe Ruth’s Jersey - $5.64 Million
Babe Ruth is considered by most to be the greatest baseball player of all time, so it’s only fitting that he continues to break records a century after he played. Last year, the Babe’s game-worn jersey from 1928-1930 sold for $5.64 million at auction, breaking the previous record for sports memorabilia set by Ruth’s 1920 jersey which sold for $4.4 million in 2012. There’s no fancy algorithm needed to explain why Ruth’s gear goes for so much – he’s simply the most mythical athlete in American history.
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger - $6.4 Million
The name’s Bucks. Big Bucks. Few film characters are more iconic than James Bond, and when Sean Connery rolled up in his sleek and stylish Aston Martin in 1964’s Goldfinger , people were floored. At the time, a DB5 only cost about $13,000, but a few decades of inflation and a major movie franchise later, the revered screen-used ride sold for a whopping $6.4 million at auction in 2010. That price tag has us shaken and stirred.
Marilyn Monroe’s White Dress from The Seven Year Itch - $4.6 Million
A legendary sex symbol. A New York City subway grate. A flowy white dress. Put them together and you’ve got one of the most iconic moments in film history. How iconic? In 2011, someone paid $4.6 million at auction for Marilyn’s sultry outfit from The Seven Year Itch when famed actress Debbie Reynolds sold it from her personal collection
James Naismith’s 1891 Rules of Basketball - $4.3 Million
Before Curry could drain threes from far beyond the arc or Jordan could dunk from the foul line, someone had to invent the game of basketball. That man was James Naismith, and incredibly, the original document in which he penned the first 13 rules of hoops in 1891 still exists. The importance and rarity of this amazing relic are the reason it sold for a whopping $4.3 million at auction in 2010. Talk about a slam dunk!