Every year millions worth of memorabilia are sold each year. It is fascinating to note which items truly capture the eye and heart of the buyers, causing the bidding to go way beyond the expected amount. 2006 has had its share of interesting auctions. Here are some of the interesting sales made:
Who hasn’t seen the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”? This 1961 movie starring Audrey Hepburn has achieved legend status. The Givenchy gown that Ms Hepburn wore has achieved that as well after being sold for ?417,000 ($822,300). The original estimate was that it would sell for a mere $138,000. The proceeds will go to the charity City of Joy Aid which helps India‘s poor.
There are spies; and there are spies. There is, however, no one like agent 007. Thanks to the filming of Casino Royal more James Bond fans are formed and these fans usually love to collect various spy gadgets. The latest item to be auctioned off was the Walther PP gun used by Sean Connery in the 1962 Bond film, Dr No. It was sold for 54,000 pounds ($106,202).
How about some music? The original handwritten lyrics of Sir Paul McCartney’s song “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” sold for $192,000. The same person who bought it also bought Jimi Hendrix’s 1968 Fender Stratocastor electric guitar for $168,000, the guitar’s strap for $10,800 and a photograph at $5,400 of Jimi Hendrix with 2 band members and two blonds (topless).
The year isn’t done yet. On December 14-15 of this year, Joseph Maddalena and his Profile of History is auctioning off Elvis Presley’s 1967 diamond and platinum wedding ring. This is the ring that he unveiled at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas when he wed Priscilla. It is expected to sell for $400,000-$600,000.
[tags] Auctions, memorabilia,movies, Audrey Hepburn,Breakfast at Tiffany’s,Elvis Preley, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix [/tags