Science on the
 Auction Block

Have some money burning a hole in your pocket? You could buy yourself a piece of science history.

By Fangfei Shen|Thursday, October 04, 2012

In May, Edvard Munch’s 1895 pastel artwork The Scream sold for $119.9 million, the highest price ever paid for art at auction. Weeks later a 70 million-year-old, 24-foot skeleton of Tyrannosaurus bataara cousin of the T. rex received a bid of $1.05 million at auction. Here, we show how science rarities (and some other famous objects) fared on the block.

■ The Scream, 
artwork
  $119.9 million

 Codex Leicester, 
scientific writings 
by Leonardo da Vinci 
 $30.8 million

 Stradivarious Violin  $15.9 million

■ The Birds of America, first edition book 
by John James Audubon 
 $11.5 million

 Babe Ruth jersey, circa 1920
  $4.4 million

 Allosaurus and 
Stegosaurus fossils,
each about 18 feet long 
 $2.7 million

 Ulysses S. Grant’s 
sword 
 $1.7 million

 Egyptian 
sarcophagus 
(circa 1000 B.C.)
  $120,000

 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, early drawing 
 $72,000

 Single brown M&M flown on 
SpaceShipOne
  $1,400

 


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