Chinese Libation Cup: $75,640
This next incident is one that happened back in the year 2013. This anonymous person from Australia had gone to a thrift shop in the city of Sydney. There, a very weird looking cup took his attention so he contemplated on buying the cup. Since he found out that the cup was just for $4 to buy, he decided to take it home that very day. He went on the internet to learn more and do research on the cup he had just purchased. He soon found out that it was a libation cup that dated back to the 17th century China. It has also been carved with the use of rhinoceros horn. Because of its history and how it was made, the value of the cup was indeed hefty. He went to auction off the cup and sold it for an incredible price of $75,640 Australian dollars. The previous owner would have definitely regretted ever selling this ‘peculiar’ cup.
Tudor Bed Frame: £20 Million
This next case is an example of the old saying ‘ One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. When a Tudor Bed was left abandoned at a parking lot of the old Redland House Hotel in Hough Green, Chester, England, no one thought to take the bed. Ian Coulson saw the bed and immediately wanted it for himself. He then purchased the beautiful bed for £2,200. So then by 2010., Coulson, who is a four-post bed specialist, saw that the bed had been enlisted on the internet. After purchasing the bed, he asked the TV historian, Jonathan Foyle to give his expert advice. Then after a DNA testing was done, they found out that the bed’s wood confirmed that it indeed belonged to King Henry VII, back in 1486. So then the value of the bed went up to mind-boggling £20 Million becoming the only remaining Tudor Bed in the world.
1650 Flemish Painting: $190,000
In the year 2006, a man by the name of Leroy spent $3 as he purchased a painting at their local Goodwill store. Since he liked the painting so much, he felt that just $3 did not hurt at all. When he took the painting home, Leroy’s daughter felt like the painting was quite unique and had a feeling it might be special. Her guts proved to be right when she took the painting to the Antiques Roadshow event. At the event, the appraiser did not spend any time to rethink and wanted to offer them $20,000 to $30,000 for the price. So then ultimately the family decided to sell off the painting in the year 2012. They were over the moon to hear that the painting sold for $190,000. This painting tuned out to be a Flemish original that had been painted around 1650. It does not have too much of an interesting edge, but a Flemish is a Flemish.
Alexander Calder Necklace: $267,750
This woman from Philadelphia was shopping for herself at a flea market. She then came across a piece of jewelry that really reflected her taste. It was a bold jewelry that she felt would make a nice addition to her collection. Three years following the time she bought the necklace, she made an eye-opening discovery. She found out that the jewelry she had bought bore a very close resemblance to the jewelry displayed by the Philadelphia Art Museum. In fact, the jewelry she bought was the work of Alexander Calder. She made it a point to inform the Calder Foundation in New York and was informed that the necklace was indeed an authentic Calder jewelry. The woman went to Christie’s, First Open Sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art to see the jewelry and did so selling it for $267,750.
Declaration of Independence: $2.4 million
The Declaration of Independence is one of the most expensive items to be sold in the 21st century. In 1991, an anonymous man decided to buy a very old photograph that had a wooden frame. It was for just $4 so he immediately took it. He bought the picture while he was on a trip to a flea market in Adamstown, PA. When he took it home, he noticed that there was something weird about the frame. He found out that there was something that was there behind the frame. When he opened the frame, he made a very surprising discovery. There was indeed another document that had been nicely kept at the back of the frame. To add to his surprise he found out that the document was actually the original copy of the Declaration of Independence. He would then sell the copy for a massive $2.4 million.
Faberge Egg: $30 million
There was a scrap metal dealer who decided to pay a huge sum of money for a Faberge Egg at a flea market. He was set on buying the Faberge Egg so much that he spent $14000 for the egg. But since he knew that the value of the egg was no joke, he did not feel bad at all. He actually weighed the egg to see how much it would cost if it were to melt. After finding out that it was worth the same amount when melted, he was very pleased with his purchase. We can all agree that he did not melt the egg with a scrap metal. Then there was an amazing revelation about the egg being one of the only 50 Fabergé Imperial Eggs known to exist. The egg’s true value was found to be about $30 million. 43 of all the 50 Faberge eggs have been reported to be found so far in history.