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10 Relatively Old Things That People Would Pay an Arm and a Leg For

10 Relatively Old Things That People Would Pay an Arm and a Leg For

The general trend is that along with the passage of time, the value of goods undergoes depreciation. The item is not much of use, any potential buyer is hard to come by and there’s not much of resale value. So longstanding possessions are more often than not discarded and sellers are more than happy to get rid of that old junk. Although this is the general trend, the value of certain items rises tremendously after a certain period, significantly more than their original worth, even when adjusted for inflation. This is when they become collectors’ items and are highly sought after because of their uniqueness, historical importance and sometimes even some mistakes.

Below, here are ten of such most valuable collectibles, for which people are ready to break their banks.

1. Action Comics No.1

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    The first issue of the Action Comics series, the Action Comics #1 is the most valuable comic of all time and among the most valuable collectibles across all genres. It spawned several famous comic heroes, especially Superman. It holds important place in comics history as it led to the emergence of the superhero genre. The comic book, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, was published for the first time in June 1938. The original price of the book was 10 cents, but when it was auctioned on August 24, 2014, the owners of Metropolis Collections paid a massive sum of $3.2 million.

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    2. The Piano from Casablanca

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      Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca is a Michael Curtiz classic from 1942. Two identical pianos were used in this tuneful film. Of those two, one resides at the Warner Bros Studio in California and thus is unavailable for any massive sale at the moment. However, the other one is out on the market and is a highly desired collectible especially amongst film enthusiasts. It was sold for $602,500 in 2012.

      3. The Gutenberg Bible

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        The Gutenberg Bible was written in Latin and printed in the 1950s using the Gutenberg’s printing press. It was a 42-line Bible. It was the first book to be printed in the West using movable type. It was printed in Mainz, Germany by the inventor of the printing press Johannes Gutenberg. The original price is known to be 30 florins, which was about three years’ clerk wages back then. It is estimated that around 48 copies of the book have survived in fragments or totality. They can be expected to cash in between 20,000 and 100,000 dollars.

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        4. 105 Year Old Master of Malt

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          The only item of its kind, the 105 year old Master of Malt carries a whopping price tag of 1.4 million dollars. It is the oldest and second-most expensive whiskey in the world. The story of the whiskey, since its inception, is as remarkable as its price. Around 105 years ago, a terrible fire destroyed the Aisla T’Orten distillery, which had operated just for a day. Only one ceremonial barrel survived the disaster. After spending most of the time in Aberdeen, the then owner Allie Sisell sold the cask to Master of Malt in 2010. In the March of 2011, the 105 years old spirit amounting to 700 ml was bottled by Master of Malt and set at the enormous price.

          5. The Star Spangled Banner Original Sheet Music

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            Heralded as one of the most tuneful and stirring national anthems across the globe, the US national anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” is the part of a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key. In December, 2010, the only privately owned copy of the famed sheet music was auctioned at Christie’s for the staggering sum of 506,000 dollars. Eleven first-edition copies of this nationalistic tune were created. The remaining ten copies are present under organizational possession. Once, unfamiliar of its identity, the possessor at the time had sold it for just a dollar.

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            6. Treskilling Yellow Stamp

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              The “Treskilling Yellow” holds several records. It isthe world’s most valuable stamp and also the most expensive item per weight. It was issued in 1955, the time when Sweden issued stamps for the first time. The postage stamps were issued in five different values from three Swedish skillings to twenty-four Swedish skillings with different colors for each of them. The three skilling ones were printed in blue-green while eight skilling ones were printed in yellowish orange. For some reason, some of the three skilling stamps were printed in wrong color. Only one copy of the item has been discovered and thus the piece auctioned for whopping $2.3 million is as exclusive as it can get.

              7. William Shakespeare Autograph

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                William Shakespeare is arguably the greatest writer of not only English language but of them all. His autograph is the most expensive autograph in the world and one of the most valuable collectibles of its kind. Only six copies of Shakespeare’s autograph are known to be in existence now. Three of those are linked to his will while the other three have been linked to the deeds of his house. These autographs are the only available handwritings of Shakespeare as manuscripts written by him have never been known. The autographs are believed to fetch anything between 3 and 5 million U.S. dollars although they’ve never been sold at auction, as of now.

                8. The Golden Giant Necklace

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                  Antique jewelries are one of the most valuable collectibles, sought after by the collectors. People travel extensively searching for valuable and unique pieces of jewelries. As stated on the site Georgian Jewelry, Lisa Stockhammer traveled all over the world to become a jewelry expert. Even if you become an expert, you still might not find that one-piece of unique jewelry. The person who discovered the diamond piece of world’s largest diamond necklace happened to do it by virtue of supreme luck. The glittering rose gold necklace is valued at $55 million. The staple piece of the magnificent necklace, the ‘Golden Giant’ diamond is comprised of more than 407 carats and was discovered by a young girl in the Democratic Republic of Congo some thirty years ago.

                  9. ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius Violin
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                    ‘Lady Blunt’ Stradivarius is the most expensive musical instrument in the world now. This iconic violin was made by Italian craftsman Antonio Stradivari in 1721. It has been named after the first known owner Lady Anne Blunt, who was the daughter of Lady Augusta Ada of Lovelace. It is one of the two Stradivarius violins present now, the other being 1716’s Messiah Stradivarius. It was sold on 20th June, 2011 at online auction by Tarisio Auctions for $15.9 million, with the proceeds going to Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund in Northeastern Japan. It has almost forever been in the collectors’ hands and as such, hasn’t been used of much. So it’s in near original state.

                    10. The Card Players

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                      250 million dollars shelled out for one of Paul Cezanne’s infamous painting ‘The Card Players’ make it the most expensive work of art ever sold and one of the most valuable collectibles. ‘The Card Players’ was a series of oil paintings by French Post-Impressionist artist Cezanne made in the early 1890s. Five paintings are known to have existed in the series, the paintings varying in size and number of players depicted. One painting of that series is the one holding the record after being bought by Royal Family of Qatar in 2011.

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                      25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                      25 Easy Tips on How to Save Money Fast

                      “How to save money fast?” This is the question asked by all of us not in the top 1% of rich people.

                      If you are looking for ways to drastically reduce your expenses immediately, first look at what you need to spend money on every week. And I mean really need.

                      You don’t really need to order in food. You don’t really need to buy expensive perfume.

                      Building from that, you can work out how your regular expenses can be reduced.

                      As for irregular expenses, they can also be deceptively costly in the long run. Once-off buys can also be tackled with some prudent planning and a little extra research.

                      And remember: a budgeted lifestyle does not mean a bad or boring one!

                      But first, understand what budget you can cut down on daily:

                      • Regular expenses for the average adult (can be trimmed but not eliminated):
                        • food
                        • rent/mortgage
                        • cell phone
                        • insurance
                        • socializing/entertainment
                        • transportation
                        • hygiene products
                        • household bills
                      • Irregular expenses for the average adult (can be eliminated or cut down a lot):
                        • travel
                        • clothing
                        • medication (*depends)
                        • grooming (hair, nails etc.)
                        • gifts

                      Now, let’s dive right into the 25 ways to save money fast:

                      Save Money on Food

                      1. Bring a stock of food to the office/work

                      Instead of popping out for an overpriced salad and a smoothie, leave a set of basic utensils at the office as well as a stock of non-perishable goods such as tinned fruit, tuna, rice crackers and so on (try to avoid the junk food and this can turn into a pretty great diet!).

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                      Stocking up means you won’t forget or say “I didn’t have the time” when you rushed out to work in the morning.

                      2. Buy the store-brand version

                      Many basic foods, such as bread and milk, will taste exactly the same as their branded alternatives. Go for stuff with minimal additives and preservatives. Meat in a tube is probably insanely unhealthy!

                      3. Eat cheaper cuts of meat

                      Learn how to tenderize and flavour cheaper meat and fish, and save on the (typically) most expensive item on your grocery bill.

                      4. Have group dinners

                      If 10 friends put $5 each in the kitty, it’s pretty easy to make a giant lasagne and get refreshments, as well as hang out with your favourite people.

                      Save Money in Transport

                      5. Get a bicycle

                      Save on gas money and bus/metro fares with this underrated mode of transport.

                      6. Use public transport and/or don’t get taxis

                      Some places can only be reached by car. But as a good practise, check your public transport website and see if any routes pass nearby where you need to get to. Walk as much as you can.

                      7. Find the cheapest gas

                      Regularly check out where the cheapest gas can be bought.

                      Save Money in General Shopping

                      8. Shop online

                      Not only will you save on the gas or transport fares from going to the shopping mall but you will also find better deals

                      9. Sell your old stuff

                      Get your unwanted belongings up on eBay ASAP and earn a few dollars.

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                      Here’re more ideas for you: 25 Things to Sell to Make a Lot of Money

                      10. Bulk buying stores

                      For regular non-perishable/slow perishable purchases such as toilet paper, cat food, pasta, washing powder and so on, do an epic stocking-up trip to a co-op or equivalent (my mum used to go to a place that restaurants buy from).

                      Be wary of supermarket “deals”, as some have been found to be fraudulent after working out a simple calculation.

                      11. Become a flea market/car boot sale/street market guru

                      You can find original gifts and develop good negotiation skills at these places.

                      12. Generic brand medication

                      More often than not, the generic version of paracetamol and other basics work the same as the branded version.

                      13. Choose deodorant, not perfume

                      It blows my mind when someone drops $70 on a bottle of spray. Stick with a nice deodorant, and not only will you smell just fine but you’ll be sweat-free as well!

                      Cut Down on Household Expenses

                      14. Printing

                      Ink is one of the most expensive substances in the office and coloured ink is doubly so. B

                      e more efficient and choose black and white, and if your printer doesn’t have a print-both-sides options, just print odd pages first, re-insert the paper and print even pages.

                      Expand the margins of what you are printing as often as you can to save on paper.

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                      15. Minimize SMS and phone calls

                      A combination of a free chat service such as WhatsApp and a free call service such as Skype can reduce your bill to nothing (so long as you have a decent Wifi connection).

                      16. Shop around for insurance

                      Most people don’t spend enough time searching for the best insurance deal.

                      Keep a watchful eye out for deals and new competitors in the market.

                      17. Try re-negotiating your rent/mortgage

                      If you have built up a good credit history or a good rapport with your landlord, then chances are a frank chat about needing to tighten your spending could result in lowering your payments. You’ve nothing to lose from trying.

                      18. Don’t get a TV

                      Invest in a computer/laptop and an internet-only package. You can watch more (and often better) entertainment on the web, and skip the advertisements as well.

                      19. Pool your internet bill with a neighbour

                      My apartment building is basically a big old house split into three apartments. There are five of us in total. We pool the internet bill, making it crazy cheap.

                      Save Money in Socializing, Entertainment And Travel

                      20. Have house parties

                      Instead of paying for overpriced drinks, set up a series of in-house get-togethers with your friends. Everyone takes a turn, so it’s not always your house that needs cleaning.

                      For sound insulation, hang heavy drapes on the walls and windows. For music, invest in a good second-hand set of speakers which you can connect to your computer. Let Spotify or Grooveshark playlists do the rest.

                      21. Open festivals, meetups and events

                      It never fails to surprise me how much underground stuff goes on around me for free or for very cheap. Find out who runs the blogs and websites that list all the less well-known cultural activities.

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                      22. Volunteer

                      If you can’t pay for a ticket, volunteer and get to be there anyway.

                      23. Housesit

                      There are multiple housesitting websites offering you the possibility to avoid paying hotels and skip the discomfort of crummy hostels.

                      Save Money on Hygiene and Beauty

                      24. DIY beauty

                      French manicures, pedicures, waxing, eyebrows… pretty much all of these can be achieved at home (and done well) with some practise. There are plenty excellent blogs and YouTube tutorials to help.

                      25. Fewer haircuts/volunteer at a trainee hairdresser

                      If you can’t bear the risk of a trainee touching your locks, learn more ways to manipulate your hair as it grows and get haircuts sparingly. Women’s haircuts are outrageously priced in many cities.

                      Bonus: Effective Money-Saving Tips for Everything

                      Here’s a summary of what you can generally do to save more money:

                      • Share/pool resources. Organize a neighbourhood sharing scheme, common resources for your apartment block or with your friends. Not everybody needs an individual lawnmower.
                      • Buy energy-saving everything. The easiest way to lower your bills – replace those lightbulbs!
                      • Buy in bulk. Be sensible about it (i.e. make sure you have space!), and drastically reduce weekly expenditure.
                      • DIY. Skill up using YouTube tutorials on plumbing and many other essential services so you never have to pay for simple problems again.
                      • Research a lot before making a decision. Most money-wasting is the result of poor preparation and planning. Don’t shirk this part just because you don’t like it!
                      • Use your network. Your network is full of resources that can ease the pain of budgeting. Ask for help.
                      • Stop and think. Do I really need it?

                      Unfortunately, there are some things that require plain ol’ giving up for the time being. This can include high-cost sports such as skiing, the latest versions of some technologies, the finest brands of food/drinks, premier seats at the opera and most other indulgences.

                      What is important to remember during lean times is that when you look back on your life, it will be the experiences that stand out, not the extra comforts.

                      Living on a budget can teach you a lot about how much you can really get out of your paycheck. We only live one life, so make the most of every penny you earn!

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