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The Most Expensive Hobby in the World

Updated on October 1, 2011

If you think that the most expensive hobbies in the world are collecting jewelry, rare wine and luxury cars, then you are mistaken, because all of the above is not included even in the top ten of these hobbies. But do not worry, once you finish reading this article until the end, you'll know everything about fabulously expensive hobbies, or at least, some of the most expensive.

Ancient Artifacts

The fact that the purchase of such historical objects is not only costly, but this really not many can afford, as the turnover of ancient artifacts is usually carried out under strict state supervision. Although it is believed that the most valuable findings of the archaeologists go to collectors, passing the podium of the auctioneers and state agencies that monitor the turnover of antiquities. And the true value of these artifacts simply can not be named.

Collection of contemporary art

It’s hard to understand why a normal person would pay hundreds of millions for a three-meter coil of rusty wire, or a few indistinct spots on a bullet from a gun brass canvas? However, among the world's richest people fashion for contemporary art does not stop here already about 50 years, and therefore samples of this constantly increase in price.

Collecting the recognized world masterpieces

Such collecting is much more predictable, though not so fashionable. Judge for yourself - who can now surprise "Sunflowers" by Van Gogh, or "Madonna" by Rubens? But despite of this, there are still people willing to pay tens of millions for Renoir or Salvador Dali.

Passion for Planes

Rich people are hardly surprised by collecting planes, especially when it comes to double gliders, which can be hidden in the garage of small size.However, those who buy their own real "Boeing" to fly it personally always deserve special attention. Anyway, true plane lovers are much more for low-speed aircrafts built before 1940.

Sail boat and ship

Well, the cost of present collection of boats vary a lot: note that the largest of the existing basketball courts placed yachts in full-size tennis courts, pools of 30 meters, jogging tracks and even tracks for motorcycle racing.Also take into consideration the fact that the yacht itself is decorated with rare woods, gold, platinum and silver, and only its annual insurance costs of 2.5 million dollars.

Collecting antique books

The largest collection of ancient tomes and manuscripts owned by the Vatican, and all thanks to Dan Brown.In the world there are about 700 collectors, whose collections of ancient literature, and if inferior to the Vatican, is it that only the number of collected books.Price they can hardly be lower.For example, the most expensive to date, belongs to Bill Gates, founder of the "Microsoft", bought for $ 30, 4 million in 1994, is the work of the famous Leonardo da Vinci, called "Leicester Code" - "A Treatise on the water, earth and celestial bodies" ( known as Codex Hammer). It is the most expensive book ever sold.

Collecting old knight's castle

The most interesting is that an usual half-destroyed Castle of XII-XIV century can now be bought for only 30-50 thousand dollars.The thing is that people who collect them, are rarely satisfied with the purchase itself, they still need to separate into individual stones and blocks, which are carefully put in boxes and then transported to their Collector homeland - to China, America or Arab Emirates, and there re-assembled. Thus the price of such operations can be tens of millions of dollars, and it turns out that this is also a lot of collecting can afford only the wealthiest people of our planet.

Well, only after all those mentioned go cars, jewelry, wines, furs and exotic islands in the oceans. But with such trifles a genuine millionaire will never waste his time.

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      nicomp really 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Indiana Jones had a big expense account.

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Wow! SpiritLeo....your comments are so electric. And make me feel alive. I ENJOY reading your material for surely, a superbly-talented person is behind it...YOU. And talk about GLAD. I am SUPER-GLAD to have YOU in my "circus," I mean, world. Have a fun and safe weekend and take care.

      Kenneth

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      SpiritLeo 5 years ago from Europe

      Kenneth, thank you for visiting my hubs... Its great to share them with you! Happy to be a part of your World as well!

      Happy Holidays!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Wow! Thank YOU, Spirit Leo! That sounds ideal to me. And I thank you very MUCH for looking at my hubs, but NOT all are funny. You will see some that are abstract/poetry and some that are sad, but true. I am GLAD and WELCOME YOU to my world. God bless you. KENNETH

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      SpiritLeo 5 years ago from Europe

      Thank You Lots Kenneth!

      Thats my pleasure to meet you on HP!

      You sound very creative as well and I really appreciate that in people. I would love to be one of your followers!

      Going to have a look at your hubs... really love to have a good laugh from time to time... :)

      Happy Holidays!

      May all your wishes come true!

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      Kenneth Avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      SpiritLeo...GREAT read. Very informative; interesting and actually spell-binding to me. Voted up and all the way. LOVED the graphics too. I really enjoy meeting creative people such as yourself. And you are also very-studied in your topics as well as thorough. I am honored to follow you. And I invite YOU, if you like, to visit my hubs, which are NOT as good as yours, but they can give you a good laugh. And I WOULD love for you to follow me as well. That would be ideal. With highest regards, Kenneth Avery, from Hamilton, a small hamlet in northwest Alabama that looks like the iconic little town on the Andy Griffith Show. I hope to hear from you soon and have a Merry Christmas, SpiritLeo and a Safe and Sane New Year.

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      SpiritLeo 5 years ago from Europe

      SusieQ42, how right you are! Thank you for the visit and comment!

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      SpiritLeo 5 years ago from Europe

      Thank you Koot H. Cheah! I am glad you found this interesting!

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      Wow! Seems like such a huge waste of money, doesn't it? They should be feeding hungry children instead. Have a blessed night!

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      kootheancheah 5 years ago from Penang, Malaysia

      SpiritLeo,

      Thank you for educating me. I didn't know that ancient artifacts and books can be so priceless!

      Koot H. Cheah