Most Expensive Hockey Cards

Wayne Gretsky, also known as ‘The Great One’, is likely the most well known hockey player in the world. He also previously owned the most expensive baseball card, Honus Wagner tobacco card which later sold for $2.35 million.

One card of Gretsky himself recently sold for an astonishing $94,163. The 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee rookie card was sold by California-based SCP Auctions in May, 2011.

You may still be asking, what is the world’s most expensive hockey card? While the Gretsky card sold for a staggering amount, two other hockey cards bested the recent sale.

A mint graded 1911-12 Imperial Tobacco Georges Vezina hockey rookie card sold for $100,000 in April, 2007. Vezina was a legendaly goalie playing for the Montreal Canadiens.

This expensive hockey card sale was tied by a September 207 sale of a rare 1910-11 C56 Edword “Newsy” Lalonde hockey card. Lalonde previously held the record fothe most goals scored by a player.

 

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World’s Most Expensive Television Show

World's Most Expensive Television Show 

HBO’s latest attempt to recapture the magic that made The Sopranos a hit may just be the most expensive television show in the world.

According to The New York Post, the pilot episode for Boardwalk Empire has set HBO back $50 million—around five times the price of Lost’s two-hour pilot episode, formerly thought to be the world’s most expensive television episode.

Boardwalk Empire fuses the period style that made AMC’s Mad Men popular with the gangster drama that propelled Sopranos to the top. It will star Steve Buscemi as politician and gangster Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, who reigned over Atlantic City in the 1920s. The series was created by Buscemi’s fellow Sopranos alum Terence Winter and is produced by none other than Martin Scorsese.

Boardwalk Empire is set to debut in late 2010 with a 12-episode seas

 

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The Most Expensive Dog Ever Sold for $1.5 Million

What Makes a Dog Expensive?

There are a variety of factors which make dogs expensive. Purity of breed or their rarity can make dogs extremely expensive. When they are offspring from prize winning dogs the prices can skyrocket too, but the biggest factor is the C-factor. As soon as a dog is spotted or photographed in possession of a celebrity, the dog’s price will shoot beyond the moon. It has happened in the past, and it will happen in the future.

The most expensive dog ever sold

The most expensive dog ever sold was recently in March 2011, a red “Tibetan mastiff” called Big Splash, or “Hong Dong” in Chinese.  This most expensive dog ever is already 11 months-old and already stands nearly three-feet-high at the shoulder and weighs more than 180lbs, says his breeder, Lu Liang.   He was purchased by a chinese multi-millionaire coal baron.

most expensive dog The Worlds 10 Most Expensive Dog Breeds

‘Big Splash’ sold for an amazing 10 million Yuan which is about 1.5 million US Dollars and beats the earlier record set by another Tibetan Mastiff Tibetan mastiff” called Yangtze River Number Two which was sold to a chinese woman in 2009 for a whopping 4 million Yuan (About $609,000).   But this still doesn’t make the Tibetan Mastiff generally the most expensive dog breed.

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Most Expensive Designer

Most expensive’ designer dies

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Iranian-American deisgner Bijan (R) with the last Crown Prince of Iran, Reza Cyrus Pahlavi (L). (File photo)Iranian-American deisgner Bijan (R) with the last Crown Prince of Iran, Reza Cyrus Pahlavi (L). (File photo)

By SARA GHASEMILEE
Al Arabiya

Bijan Pakzad, an Iranian-American designer of ultra-luxury clothing, perfume and jewelry, passed away on Saturday after suffering a stroke, his family said in a statement.

Mr. Pakzad was born April 4, 1940, in Tehran and immigrated to the United States in 1973. His exclusive boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills was established in 1976 and can be visited by “appointment only.” It has been described as “the most expensive store in the world,” with prices for clothing well into five and six figures. Mr. Pakzad always said an air of exclusivity was an effective way to attract the high-end customers he was after.

Mr. Pakzad—or Bijan—as he was simply called, was a legend in the fashion and perfume business, and dressed some of the most powerful and famous men in the world.

Among his clientele were US presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, actors Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise and Anthony Hopkins, as well as fellow fashion designers Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta.

In 1982, he designed a .38-caliber Colt automatic pistol, made with 24-karat gold parts that sold for $10,000. The pistol, he said, explained “the need of prominent men among my clientele for a protective weapon appropriate to their lifestyle.”

Bijan is quoted on his company’s website as saying: “The world said to conform. The world said to settle for less. The world said compromise and no one will know … so I made my own world!”

According to the 2001 Los Angeles Times Calendar Section, the Bijan Perfume and Fashion Business has brought in an estimated $4 billion in sales worldwide

 

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Most Expensive Art in the world

Making your art-snob friends jealous can be a full-time job. With the regularly fluctuating market and exorbitant prices that fine art fetches these days, you’ve got to be quick to stay on top of the game. In November of 2006, action-painter Jackson Pollock’s “No.5 1948” took the cake as most expensive painting sold to date. Sold by music mogul David Geffen of Geffen Records, it was claimed to have fetched $140 million. Pollock, who passed in 1956 at the age of 42, is a new addition to the list of prized canvases. While his paintings are highly regarded, this is the first of his works to skyrocket to such an exorbitant price. The painting itself, apparently a mixture of oil and canvas created in his highly successful “drip” style, is a swirling mixture of earth tones and black and white, that to the untrained eye may appear a splattered mess. His paintings have a certain harmony and are developed in such an enigmatic way that they are sure to hold some public interest for years to come.

No.5 1948
Pollock’s No.5 1948

Mid-summer 2006, Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I was previously the most expensive painting sold. Fetching $135 million, the gold inlaid portrait is an excellent example of artwork from the Viennese Secession. This piece is a member of a particularly influential portfolio, as Klimt and his cohorts struggled to turn the art establishment of the time on its ear and still make highly involved, lavish, and beautiful works. The highly decorative painting breaks from traditional portraiture in its avoidance of focus on natural lighting in favor of the nearly psychedelic texture and pattern-making. The painting still exhibits a great deal of skill and handling in the face and figure, while revealing the early stages of the distortions Egon Scheile would embrace in his work in.

Sold to Ronald Lauer of the Neue Galerie in New York, Klimt’s portrait toppled the lead Pablo Picasso’s Boy with a Pipe had held for two years. Selling for $104.1 million at auction, this handsome piece displays a seated figure with a pipe in front of a decorative floral pattern. The painting captures something of realism mixed with a dark ambience. Despite a relatively bright pallet, the face of the seated boy reveals a darker demeanor.

Adjusting for inflation, two paintings sold to Ryoei Saito in 1990 close out the top five spots on a list of most expensive paintings ever sold. Pierre Auguste Renoir’s amazing Bal au moulin de la Galette, Montmartre, depicting a lavish outdoor ball in France, fetched $78 million at auction. Today, the inflation-adjusted value of this painting is approximately 110 million. Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet, purchased for $82.5 million by Saito, is now valued at $116.8 million. Saito passed in 1996, leaving the paintings’ whereabouts currently unknown.

Worthy of note is that many highly prized paintings are held tightly in the grip of permanent museum collections, and while more highly valued, are unlikely to be presented on the auction block. The Mona Lisa by DaVinci, for example held an insurance value of $100 million prior to a world tour in 1960. Today, this value is approximated at over $600 million, and the painting is encased in layer upon layer of bulletproof glass at the Musee de Lourve in Paris.

With the exception of the gold inlay and decorative encrusting on many of Klimt’s paintings, these artworks hold little, if any material value. Made generally of stretched canvas, wood and nails, it is their cultural significance and unquestionable rarity that propels these images to such astronomical prices. Picasso holds several seats on the list of highest priced paintings, because while rare and extremely influential, his paintings are at times still traded on the open market, not yet sequestered strictly to museum status. These values, as in any other commodity see a ridiculous inflation towards the extremes of the market. Seemingly set aside for only the super-rich, fine art has long been an exercise in elitism. An interesting note is a return in recent years to the figurative work of the impressionists and artists like Klimt, simultaneous with a revival of realism in depiction of the figure in current art trends. It is reassuring in many ways to see Klimt as the most highly valued, as he was an innovator for his time that stood for progress not only in his work but in his lifestyle, political and societal viewpoints.

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