One of the great tragedies of me never being rich is that I don’t get to have a shot at some of the purchases that the upper one percent do. Now in the defense of many of these spendthrifts that you’re about to read about, most of the proceeds go to worthy charities, so let’s not get too heavy with the rich-people-suck vitriol. Nevertheless, it must be nice to afford this kind of swag.
Macallan ‘M’ Decanter 6-Litre Imperiale Single Malt Whisky, $628,205
Here’s a predicament. You spring for a bottle of single malt scotch. It costs you just north of $628,000. What do you do? Drink it, or let it sit on the shelf unopened for another generation or two? That’s the question that an auction buyer will have to answer after winning a Macallan ‘M’ Decanter 6-litre Imperiale single malt whisky for the sum of $628,205.
The purchase was made over the weekend at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, setting a world record for the most expensive single malt whiskey ever sold. According to NBC News, only four Imperiale “M” Decanters were ever made by the Scottish distillery. Sotheby’s has confirmed that the proceeds from the sale will go to support numerous Hong Kong charities.
2015 Ford Mustang, $300,000
Would you pay $300k for a brand new Mustang? Someone just did. The unnamed bidder is the first to get his/her hands on the 2015 model, which likely sold for a tenth of the actual price (once Ford finally announces the price point).
The 2014 GT sells for $31,210, and the ’15 that just sold is also a GT. The sale was made at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. As far as specs go, we’ve seen a lot more powerful sell for less. This one is a 5.0-liter V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft. of torque. Proceeds will go to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Bay Psalm Book, $14.1 Million
David M. Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group bears the distinction of owning the most expensive book ever to sell at auction. According to the New York Times, the little volume of psalms is one of only 11 known to exist out of roughly 1,700 printed by 17th-century Puritans in Massachusetts. Rubenstein paid a whopping $14,165,000 at an auction in November 2013.
The book is known as the Bay Psalm Book. The Carlyle Group is an investment firm in Washington. Rubenstein’s previous purchases have included historical documents like a copy of the Magna Carta for $21 million.
Michael Schumacher’s 1998 Ferrari F300, $1.7 Million
Want a chance to drive Michael Schumacher’s 1998 Ferrari F300? You’ll need at least $1.7 million because that’s what it recently sold for at a Scottsdale auction. The car comes complete with a letter of authenticity affirming that Schumacher drove the car 38 times during the ’98 campaign.
“As an actual verified Ferrari that has been piloted by seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, we believe the 1998 F300 Chassis 183 was an integral part in re-establishing Scuderia Ferrari’s dominance in Formula 1 racing,” the company said in a statement.
Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma since a fall around New Year’s that he suffered while on holiday in the Alpine resort of Meribel. Doctors and family are hopeful for his condition, considering him “stable” at this time.
Brasher Doubloon, $4.5 Million
Any Raymond Chandler fans in the house? If so, and if you remember a little number he wrote called The High Window, then you may want this piece that recently sold at auction for $4.5 million. It’s the legendary gold coin — the first of its kind ever minted in the US — the Brasher doubloon.
According to Fox News, the Brasher doubloon was minted for general circulation in 1787 by New York City silversmith Ephraim Brasher. Brasher lived within walking distance of George Washington after the Revolutionary War (about two doors down).
In The High Window, P.I. Philip Marlowe investigates the doubloon’s theft from the home of a wealthy widow.