Variety is the spice of life, as we all know. There’s a reason so many adages to the effect of “different strokes for different folks” exist. And this is definitely the case when it comes to the way we spend our money.
Some of us love to save, some are can’t resist splurging on shoes, while others love to collect old or rare items. Thanks to the internet, the collectors among us no longer have to scour flea markets across the country. Coins, vintage prints, vinyl records—whatever our poison, we can buy and sell it online.
And some collector’s items are selling for a premium. Take a look at the list below. Got anything similar lying around at home? You may be sitting on some serious cash.
1. Pig In A Cage
This pig is one of four swine sculptures that were placed around the city of Cincinnati back in 2000. You never know when that piece of art you buy will appreciate in value. This one sold $6,552.
2. Soft Sculpture Named “Sam”
This hand-crafted soft sculpture is ready for his next black-tie event. The tuxedo-clad Sam sold for $430.
3. Gold Teeth
Hey, the price of gold is no joke these days! This pair of gold teeth sold for $76.
4. 1994 Cadillac El Dorado
Think no one wants your old luxury car from the ’90s? Think again! This one sold for $6,155 in 2015.
5. Silver Dollars
This bag of nearly 1,000 silver dollars sold for $17,096. Got any of these lying around your house?
6. Old Baseball Cards
This collection, which includes Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays cards, sold for a whopping $12,500.
7. Armadillo Taxidermy
Taxidermy may not be for everyone, but this armadillo received 29 bids online and ultimately sold for $170.
So there we have it. What one considers trash, another considers treasure indeed. Thankfully we have the internet to better connect to us to all the items we just can’t wait to spend our money on, whether that’s Beanie Babies or vintage Louis Vuitton.
So concludes the artist statement on artist and scientist John V. Muntean’s website. Once you see his works of art, you’ll understand what he means.
Muntean makes “Magic Angle” sculptures out of wood (and, more recently, LEGOs) that look like cool abstract art. The big reveal happens when light hits the sculptures, however. The genius of Muntean’s artwork, you see, lies in its shadows.
Check out the LEGO sculpture in the video below, for example. Based on the angle, its shadows look like a butterfly, a jet and a dragon. Three shadows made from one mass of LEGOs. It’s pretty amazing.
In another creation, Muntean’s made a LEGO sculpture that looks like a knight on a horse, a mermaid and a pirate ship, depending on the angle of the light.
Muntean has Ph.D. in Chemistry and works as a spectroscopist (a spectroscope is an instrument used to measure properties of light) when he’s not using thousands of LEGOs to make art. It was his spectroscopy-focused thesis that first gave him the idea for his Magic Angle sculptures.
Perspective matters indeed, and thanks for broadening ours, Mr. Muntean!
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Business Insider put together this nifty infographic to help us compare and contrast. As you can see, Bolt’s top speed is—incredibly—5 mph faster than an average Olympic sprinter’s minimum qualifying speed and 17 mph faster than an average bike rider. While Phelps is one of the fastest guys in the pool, that drag in the water is legitimate. His top speed is 6 mph.
The only creatures capable of outrunning Bolt, it seems, are freaky fast animals. That’s how fast he is.