As the global economy has picked up, so too has interest from collectors who are indulging their passions by snapping up the world’s rarest objects. Last year, four of the five most expensive cars were sold at auction, according to Haggerty Insurance, the largest insurer of collectible cars.
In 2013, global art sales climbed to $65.9b, almost touching pre-2008 economic crisis levels. And 2014 is predicted to be the best year on record for auctions of art and other antiques based on the TEFAF Art Market report, an annual report that tracks the global art market.
So what are those millionaires and billionaires buying? Click on the arrow in the images above to see some of the world’s most-coveted treasures, from fine art vases to pop-culture treasures.
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