6 Expensive Items You’ll Wish Were in Your Attic

While these items may be unobtainable, one can dream, right?

Musical instruments

1741 “Vieuxtemps” Guarneri del Gesù violin

Reported value:  $16 million
Stradivarius might be the biggest name in top-dollar violins, but Guarneri created a winner with his Vieuxtemps. Despite its advanced age, it’s been preserved in pristine condition and is played exclusively by bestselling classical violinist Anne Akiko Meyers.


Baseball cards

“Jumbo” Honus Wagner, 1909–1911 ATC T206

Reported value:  $3.12 million
In the early 1900s, baseball cards were a marketing gimmick to sell cigarettes. However, future Hall of Famer Honus Wagner didn’t want his image used (commonly believed to be because he didn’t want to interest kids in buying cigarettes), so not many of his cards were made.



British Guiana 1c magenta

Reported value: $9.48 million
A few were made in British Guiana (now Guyana) as temporary replacements for local postage when the shipment of stamps from England was too small. Now it’s the only one known to exist.



Ferrari 250 GTO

Reported value: $48 million
Any Ferrari model comes with a hefty price tag, but when only 36 were produced, the price tag can add a comma or two. Those 36 cars got plenty of work done, winning 300 races—not to mention their dashing good looks.


Sports memorabilia

Andrew Dickson putter

Reported value: $181,000
Golf clubs today may be made with space-age alloys, but in the 18th century this was cutting-edge equipment. Made of ash, lead and ram’s horn, with sheepskin for the grip, this club could really help you get back to the basics of one of the world’s oldest sports.



Codex Leicester

Reported value: $30.8 million
Leonardo da Vinci kept pretty busy as the original Renaissance man, designing early helicopters, studying human anatomy and turning out a few paintings—among many other things. Bill Gates, one of our time’s most influential minds, is now the owner of Leonardo’s notebook, which goes on display regularly around the world.


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