Who does not get emboldened when listening to a rag to riches chronicle? The answer is quite simple; everyone cheers up. For some caressed by Lady Luck, these proverbial riches materialized into millions without them realising its actual worth.
For the farmer, that valuable relic of a meteor costing around $100,000 was merely a clutter used as a doorstop to the guy who unintentionally purchased an authentic copy of the Declaration of Independence. These individuals are living testimony validating the proposition that one man’s rubbish is truly another man’s fortune.
Alphonse and a Bottle of Cognac
It was in the year of 1870, a man named Alphonse went on a hunt for a job to Cognac. And during that period, he was paid in bottles of Cognac and not as cash. Ultimately after years, three of these bottles were unearthed from his family cellar in perfect condition.
Finally, the largest bottle among the three discovered went for auction with Sotheby’s and was sold for a cosmic $144,525. This was the oldest Cognac relic ever sold at auction, dating back to 1840.
The Painting Valued at Millions
This unidentified woman hailing from Compiegne, France, was all prepared to vend her house for which an auctioneer was brought to estimate her paraphernalia. The auctioneer had her eyes fixed on the painting hanging in her kitchen. The revelation that the painting dated back to the 13th century and was the obliterated work of art by Florentine artist Cimabue was awe-inspiring.
This masterpiece, titled as Christ Mocked, was from an assortment of paintings portraying Jesus’ crucifixion. The most phenomenal element was the painting being sold for $26.8 million. Been through diverse eras from the French Revolution to COVID-19, proving pieces of art are resilient.
Scott Amos and Nintendo Video Game
The purging process executed in his childhood home in Reno ushered the discovery of an unopened Nintendo Kid Icarus video game by Scott Amos. This was unfolded in a shopping bag with the attached receipt showing that it was purchased for $38.45 from JC Penny.
The game sold online for $9000 simply because to unravel a sealed copy is a blend of an unusual and historical occurrence. With this fortune, Amos decided to relive his childhood days and planned on a trip to Disney World with his older sister.
A British Family and a Chess Piece
A medieval chessboard was crafted in 1831 with chess pieces fashioned from walrus ivory on the Isle of Lewis. However, a total of five articles had vanished. Finally, the discovery was made in 2019 when a family in Edinburgh brought it to Sotheby’s.
They had inherited it from their grandfather, who had bought the piece 55 years ago for $6. These pieces have been restored at the British Museum and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The piece was sold for a mammoth $1.2 million.