|Most Valuable Painting
Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in Holland, and after
leaving school at age 15, he was offered an apprenticeship at an art
dealership. In 1873 he moved to London and spent hours wandering around art
galleries. He briefly worked as a schoolteacher in England, before studying
religion at Amsterdam University in 1877. He became a missionary in Belgium
and started painting the oppressed miners with whom he worked. From 1880 he
pursued his love of art before committing himself to an asylum in 1889. He
shot himself on July 27, 1890, aged 37, but when he didn't kill himself, he
tried again two days later and succeeded.
|Most Valuable Gun
An 1873 .45 caliber Colt single
action army revolver, Serial No. 1, was sold at Christies, new York City for
a record breaking $242,000 on May 14, 1987. this is equivalent to $370,000
in the year 2000
Most Expensive Wine
The most expensive commercially available wine is the Chateau d'Yquerm
Sauternes , prices between $56,000 and $64,000 depending on the
retailer. Chateau d'Yquerm Sauternes is a golden-colored dessert wine from
France's Bordeaux region.
Most Valuable Clock
A record-breaking sum of £1,926,500 ($3,001,294) was paid for a Louis
XVI ormulu-mounted, ebony grande sonnerie Astronomical Perpetual Calendar
Regulateur de Parquet, at Christie's, London, on July 8, 1999. The
intricately designed ebony longcase clock indicates seconds, minutes, hours,
sunrise and sunset, the age of the moon, the date, the position of the sun
in the zodiac, a rolling moonphase, the day of the week, and has a complex
movement striking the quarter hour and the hour.
|Most Expensive Single Purchase of Whisky
On Nov 16
2000 Norman Shelley [UK] paid $341,154 for 76 bottles of the Macallan malt
whisky. The oldest whisky of the collection dated from 1856. the
Macallan single-malt whisky has been made in Scotland since 1824.
Most Expensive Fungus
White truffle [ Tuber magnum pico] is the world's most expensive edible
fungus, fetching up to $1,500 per lb. they can only be found in the
Italians regions of Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, and Marches.
Most Valuable Watch
A Patek Phillipe watch that belonged to Henry Graves, Jr. became the
most expensive timepiece ever sold when it fetched $11,002,500 on December
2, 1999 at a Sotheby's auction in New York City, USA. The Supercomplication
gold watch weighs 0.7 kg (1.5 lb) and has 2 faces, 9 dials, 18 pointers, and
displays 24 types of information, including a rotating picture of the stars
and phases of the moon over New York City, USA on any given night. As the
name suggests, the watch was considered to be the most complicated in the
world until the launch in 1989 of another Patek Philippe, the one-off
Calibre 89 that celebrated the 150th anniversary of the company.
|Most Expensive Glass of Wine
the most paid for a
glass of wine is $1,382.80 for the first glass of 1993 Beaujolias Noaveau.
The wine was released in Beaune in the wine region of Burgandy,France. Is
was brought by Robert Denby in an auction at Pickwick's, a British pub in
Beaune, on Nov 18 1993.
Most Expensive Washroom
For a few fortunate bathroom goers, jeweler Lam Sai-wing has made
taking a tinkle a tad more exciting by building a golden washroom costing
HK$27 million (£2.4 million, US$3.5 million) – the most expensive in the
world. Inspired by the words of Lenin, who in 1921 said toilets of gold
should be built to remind people of the waste of capital warfare, Lam Sai-wing
took it upon himself to construct the toilet out of 24-carat gold, and
decorate the ceiling with ruby, sapphire, emerald and amber.