Thursday, December 30, 2010

$435,000 Platinum iPad

Forget a gold iPad. Why buy gold when you can buy platinum? The Solid Platinum iPad SUPREME Edition has been created by Stuart Hughes and has 173 flawless diamonds. Only five of these platinum items are available.

Tax Tips for Billionaires

Stockerblog recently posted its year end Secret Tax Tips, which includes everything from $20 gold pieces to making anonymous donations with tax deductions. It also covers short selling, Dealing with worthless stocks held in certificate form, and municipal bonds.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Get Full FDIC Coverage on a Billion Dollar Checking Account

In a move that appears to encourage individuals to move their money into banks (from where? mattresses? stocks? bonds? non-US banks?), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has now decided to insure all non-interest bearing accounts, no matter how much money is in the account.

However, there are a few limitations:

1. This takes effect only between 12/31/2010 and 12/31/2012.

2. It must be a traditional checking account or demand deposit account on which the insured depository institution pays no interest.

3. Any accounts that pay interest do not qualify.

More information can be found HERE about unlimited FDIC coverage.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Toy Ship Sold for $194,500: Had been owned by Malcolm Forbes

One more auction item for the day. A toy Lusitania ship, about 37 inches long, which was in the estate of Malcolm Forbes, was sold at Sotheby’s in New York yesterday for $194,500. The high estimate on the item was $200,000. The oldest surviving Monopoly set, reached $146,500 on a high estimate of $80,000.Total amount raised from the toy collection was $2.4 million.

Speaking of Weird Auctions: Nazi Baton sold for $731,600 !!!

A 19 inch Nazi field marshal's baton was auctioned off a couple weeks ago at Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Maryland with an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. The baton had originally belonged to Nazi Field Marshal Albert Kesselring. It had been found in a castle by an American soldier in 1945. The item was hammered for an amazing $731,600!!!

Oswald Coffin Follow-up

A couple weeks ago, we wrote about the auctioning of Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin by Nate Sanders Auctioneers in Santa Monica, California on December 16. Opening bid was $1,000 and the item was hammered at $87,469. What a great Christmas present that would make for any conspiracy theory fan. The buyer of the item has still not been disclosed yet.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

You Won't Find This $10,000,000 Book on Amazon


The worlds most expensive book just sold at a Sotheby's auction for $10,270,000. The book, 'Birds of America,' by John James Audubon, is filled with over 400 hand-colored illustrations of birds. The buyer was not disclosed.

The last time one of these books sold at auction, it went for $8.8 million.

Friday, December 3, 2010

$400 Million Christie's Auction in Hong Kong

If there is any doubt the wealth of the Chinese, the recent Christie's auction in Hong Kong may prove that the Chinese have plenty of money. $409 million worth of lots were sold. Almost half of the buyers came from mainland China.

A 14.2 carat diamond called "The Perfect Pink" was hammered at $23 million.

Here's a Weird Gift for a Conspiracy Fan


If you want to get that totally unique gift for someone who likes conspiracies, especially the JFK conspiracy, this item might fit the bill. It is Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin (body not included). Nate D. Sanders Auctioneers will be auctioning off the coffin on December 16 at a starting bid of $1,000. The pre-exhumation coffin is being sold by the Baumgardner Funeral Home. It is expected the the item will sell for far more than the starting price.