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News-Antique.com - Apr 29,2013 - • Judy Garland Wizard of Oz dress - up 19.3% per annum
Bought for $2,000 in 1981, sold for $480,000 in 2012
Only a handful of Dorothy dresses saw screen time in the 1939 film - explaining the clamour for this piece last year. The enduring worldwide affection for the groundbreaking film helped too.
• George Washington's Acts of Congress - up 13.1% per annum
Bought for $27,000 in 1964, sold for $9.8m in 2012
Washington's personal copy of the Acts of Congress, featuring his annotations on the US Constitution, sold for $9.8m last year - a record for a US book.
• Action Comics #1 - up 21.0% per annum
Bought for $150,000 in 1997, sold for $2.2m in 2011
Bought and sold by actor Nicolas Cage, the increase in value and comic book world record price has much more to do with the incredibly high and unusual grade of this first appearance of Superman than its celebrity provenance.
• Two Bonnie and Clyde Guns - up 6.0% per annum
Bought for $100,000 in 1988, sold for $504,000 in 2012
The two guns were found on Bonnie and Clyde's bodies after the criminals were killed in an ambush in 1934. The grisly connection with their last moments ensured a host of bidders last year.
• Apollo 17 space flown Robbins medals - up 9.8% per annum
Sold for $38,837 in 2012, identical item had sold for $26,290 in 2008
Space-flown items are the absolute pinnacle for space collectors - especially those pieces connected with the illustrious Moon missions. Just 80 mission-flown Apollo 17 Robbins medals exist - ensuring fierce competition when they appear on the market.
• Chinese Monkey stamps record - up 186% in a year
A sheet of 100 sold for $67,294 in January 2010 - an identical sheet made $192,000 in September 2011
The value of rare Chinese stamps is booming, as the country produces ever increasing numbers of high-net-worth-individuals. The record for a prestigious sheet of monkey stamps was broken four times between 2010 and 2011.
• Casablanca piano - up 5.9% per annum
Bought for $154,000 in 1988, sold for $602,500 in 2012
One of two identical pianos used in the film - this was the only one on the private market, boosting its value. The other resides at the Warner Bros Studio in California.
• 1652 New England sixpence - up 12.7% per annum
Bought for $35,200 in 1991, sold for $431,250 in 2012
Among the earliest coins ever produced on American soil, just eight 1652 New England sixpences exist. This combination of rarity and historic importance meant this example had many suitors last year.
• Obama handwritten signed letter record - up 23.6% per annum
Record set at $7,000 in 2010, broken again in 2011 with $8,652 sale
As America's first black president, Barack Obama holds a unique position. It makes his memorabilia particularly attractive to collectors on the lookout for culturally and politically important pieces.