The World's Most Expensive House, Wine, ... and Tooth

By Derek Thompson

The Money ReportEver wonder what a $40,000 glass of wine tastes like? Or what $60,000 jeans feel like? You'll never know. Because you didn't buy that $300,000 bottle of 1947 French Cheval-Blanc, or that $60,000 pair of Levis 501s from 1890 -- the most paid for a bottle of wine or a pair of jeans, ever.

Here is a gallery of the most expensive items ever sold -- the record-setting car, baseball card, toy, and even tooth. All images are of actual items unless otherwise noted.



One caveat to keep in mind as you click through is that you don't know the true price of something until it is sold. That's why most of these items, via information collected and verified by Guinness World Records, were sold at auctions. To be sure, the most "valuable items" are unsellable. For example, the the Mona Lisa might sell for more than $140 million, the record setting price of the Pollock painting featured above. But as long as it hangs behind bullet proof glass in the Louvre, there is no way to determine its market value.

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