Discovered in an attic by the original owner and gently retrieved from the thick layer of dust that cradled it, almost 60 years after it was made, the battery-operated ‘Machine Man’ toy robot – in its original packaging – was auctioned in Pennsylvania at Morphy’s Auctions for an incredible $159,900. This amount far exceeded the original estimates for this item which was assumed to sell between $60,000 – $90,000, based on a very successful sale of the same model a year previously which had fetched $86,100.
For most of us, a collection usually consists of stamps, baseball cards, specific toys, or even cars. But everyone assigns value to different items, and some people have built collections that might be considered strange and unusual by most. These are collections that have made waves in the industry for being unique and interesting, and for being valueless in the eyes of most others.
Human beings have always set themselves apart from the natural world because of the way we interact with the environment around us. Where all other animals – apart from birds – are generally stuck to the region where they evolved, humans instead invented the means of getting around as fast as possible. Where the animal kingdom does not ever have the need to collect and use items, humans around the world have created collections of items for countless millennia.
A love of unique pieces, a yearning for a time gone-by or just wanting to save a bit of money…. For whatever reason, vintage clothing has become increasingly popular over the last number of years. According to stats released by thredUp, in 2019, 70% of women indicated that they are willing to buy in vintage stores. Also, Gen Z (who makes up a substantial part of the buying population) is more likely to purchase vintage clothes as opposed to any other working-age person.
In today’s world of email and the Internet, stamps are often forgotten about. However, stamps are so much more than merely a fee paid to send a letter from one place to the next via the postal system. To collectors, stamps are a way of exploring new countries and discovering their different cultures.
The fascination with collecting dolls has a long history. It’s not just about recapturing something perhaps lost from childhood as you grow up. It’s also about admiring the incredible workmanship that goes into some dolls, and the history behind where these designs came from.
Humans have a knack for collecting things, no matter the size or value. Some of us make it a part of our lives, where we devote countless hours to not just finding something valuable, but to making our collections as large and as complete as possible. While many collectors might focus on fancy watches or historic coins, others prefer to collect video games. This can be in the form of old cartridges, CDs, or even entire consoles; as long as it’s related to video games in some way, it will most likely be part of a collection somewhere.
We have been building computers for the last 50 years, which means that enough time has passed that many early models have become so rare that their value has skyrocketed, making them a top choice for modern collectors. Vintage computers come in all shapes and sizes, and are an ode to a time when humanity has only started to come to grips with our new invention without realising how they would eventually change the world. These are the best collectible computers in the world right now.
The modern watch is one of the most complex inventions of all time, and fundamentally changed the way we went about our daily lives. Many of the original watchmaking companies can still be found to this day, with true master watchmakers that have dedicated their lives to creating unique pieces worth untold millions. These are some of the most valuable watches in the world right now, and the ultimate prizes for any watch collector.