The Most Expensive Items Sold At Auction

Some once-in-a-lifetime opportunities come up at auctions. Imagine having the chance to own a famous diamond, a world-renowned automobile or an original notebook of Leonardo DaVinci. The trick is to outbid everyone else — if you can afford it! The following are some of the most expensive items ever sold at auction; many are record-breakers.

Most Expensive Garment: Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” Dress

With over 2,000 rhinestones, this backless, slinky dress is what most people remember about the Happy Birthday tribute for President John F. Kennedy in 1962. It was purchased in 1999 for $1.26 million by a collectibles company.


Most Expensive Comic Book: Action Comics #1 (June, 1938)

This comic book was the first to introduce the world to Superman. Reportedly owned by actor Nicholas Cage, it was purchased for $1.5 million in an online auction. It is in perfect and pristine condition, adding to the overall value of the item.



Most Expensive Sports Memorabilia: Mark McGwire’s 70th Home-Run Baseball

This baseball was the lucky one Mark McGwire used to hit his 70th home-run of the 1998 baseball season while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals. The purchaser is said to have spent most of his life savings to acquire the baseball for $3 million in 1999. It is now part of a large collection of memorabilia, including some from baseball legend Sammy Sosa.


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