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eBay has released its annual ‘Most Interesting and Expensive Purchases’ of the year list, taking a look back at some of the most notable purchases of 2019. With millions of buyers, ranging from car-enthusiasts, to card collectors to sport superfans and more, eBay connects shoppers with exactly what they want. This year high-end shoppers scooped up everything from rare sports memorabilia, supercars, luxury timepieces, to experiences for good, regardless of the price tag. In 2019 alone, some of the most expensive items sold on eBay fetched more than $4 million.

These high ticket items varied from over $7,000 to $4.5 million. And, the biggest sales came from multiple categories, including investment caliber cards, luxury vehicles, fine watches and more! Record high sales included a Tom Brady 2000 Autographed Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Trading Card, which sold over $400,000 (signed by the six-time Super Bowl winner set the record for highest-sum ever paid for a football card) and a Michael Jordan 1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Card that sold over $350,000 (one of 10 ever made and the highest priced basketball card ever sold on eBay).

eBay also pulled the most expensive purchases on eBay for Charity in 2019, which included lunch with Warren Buffett, an overnight stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom® Park, benefiting organizations like The V Foundation for Cancer Research and Homes For Our Troops.

Check out a breakdown of 2019’s most expensive purchases on eBay across gaming, sports, fashion, cars and more!

Top 20 Overall Most Expensive eBay Purchases in 2019

  • 20th Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett to Benefit GLIDE: $4,567,888
  • Tom Brady 2000 Autographed Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Trading Card: $400,100
  • Michael Jordan 1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Card: $350,100
  • 2015 Lamborghini Aventador Roadster: $349,800
  • 2014 Newmar King Aire Motorhome: $280,000
  • 2019 Lamborghini Urus “Bianco Icarus”: $245,995
  • 1986 Piper Malibu: $225,000
  • 2005 Ford Ford GT: $220,000
  • 2019 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2: $209,900
  • 2012 Lamborghini Aventador 2dr Coupe: $200,000
  • 2019 Porsche 911: $199,000
  • 2009 Lamborghini Murcielago: $190,000
  • 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia: $185,000
  • 2014 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder: $174,995
  • 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead: $172,100
  • 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe: $169,700
  • Magic The Gathering MTG Black Lotus Card: $166,100
  • Patek Philippe Grand Complications Calendar Manual Gold Men’s Watch, 5270G-014: $139,500
  • Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Chrono Watch, 5270G-018: $125,000
  • Rolex New 18 Kt Rose Gold Masterpiece Pave Diamond Bracelet, 86285, Sant Blanc: $100,001

Top 10 Most Expensive eBay for Charity Purchases in 2019

  • 20th Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett to Benefit GLIDE: $4,567,888
  • Miranda Lambert Closet Clear Out + Meet & Greet: $103,850.29
  • Stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom® Park: $75,600
  • Custom “Moon Landing” Under Armour Curry 6 Shoes Worn & Signed by Stephen Curry: $58,100.00
  • UFC Ultimate Fan Experience + Private Meet & Greet with Dana White: $52,137
  • Pitch Lunch with Dallas Mavericks’ Owner Mark Cuban: $43,108
  • Creation Storm, 2017 Art Piece by April Gornik: $39,100
  • Attend the Premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of SkyWalker: $35,108
  • Alabama Football Experience with Coach Nick Saban: $35,100
  • Ultimate Le Batard Experience: $25,708

Most Expensive Cars Bought on eBay in 2019

  • 2015 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Roadster: $349,800
  • 2019 Lamborghini Urus “Bianco Icarus”: $245,995
  • 2005 Ford Ford GT: $220,000
  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class: $219,000
  • 2019 Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2: $209,900

Most Expensive Trading Cards Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Tom Brady 2000 Autographed Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Trading Card: $400,100
  • Michael Jordan 1997 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Card: $350,100
  • Magic The Gathering MTG Black Lotus Card: $166,100
  • Magic The Gathering MTG 1993 Alpha Black Lotus Card: $39,900.68
  • Magic The Gathering MTG 1993 Alpha Birds Of Paradise Card: $37,877

Most Expensive Entertainment Memorabilia Bought on eBay in 2019

  • 1964 Rolling Stones First Tour Concert Poster with Ticket Sub, Rare: $25,100
  • World of Warcraft 15th Anniversary Signed Art Print: $20,000
  • Rock-ola Beatles Yellow Submarine Juke Box, Original, New In Box: $18,500
  • Life Size Star Wars R2D2 Remote Control Aluminum Full Size Prop: $17,500
  • 1940s-1950s Hollywood Autograph Collection featuring James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne: $15,100
  • Stan Lee Signed Infinity Gauntlet: $15,000

Top Luxury Watches Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Patek Philippe Grand Complications Calendar Manual Gold Men’s Watch, 5270G-014: $139,500
  • Patek Philippe Grand Complications Perpetual Calendar Chrono Watch, 5270G-018: $125,000
  • Rolex 18 Kt Rose Gold Masterpiece Pave Diamond Bracelet: $100,001
  • Richard Mille Automatic Chronograph in Rose Gold/ Titanium Watch : $96,900
  • Rolex Daytona White Gold Auto 40mm Diamond Strap Deployant Watch: $89,950

Top Jewelry Bought on eBay in 2019

  • 5.01 Yellow Diamond in Gold ring + 1ct Side Stones: $65,950
  • 7.31 Ct Light Yellow Princess Cut Diamond in Platinum 18K: $55,000
  • Tiffany & Co 2.52 Ct Lucida Diamond Engagement Ring: $41,500
  • 8.84 Ct Natural Sapphire Diamond Ring: $40,000
  • Roberto Coin Cento 2.008 Ct Round Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring: $36,000

Top Handbags Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Hermes Birkin 30 Malachite Togo Green Handbag: $9,850
  • Hermes Birkin 30 Black Clemence Leather Palladium Hardware Handbag: $9,500
  • Hermes Birkin Palladium Hardware Handbag with Key and Lock: $9,500
  • Hermes Birkin 30CM Black Gold Tone Togo Handbag: $9,000
  • Hermes Constance Handbag Evercolor 24: $8,924

Top Sneakers Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Nike Zoom Vapor Roger Federer Tennis Shoes: $10,000
  • Nike Air Mag 2016 Back to the Future, Marty McFly, Self Lacing: $9,000
  • Nike Sb Dunk Low “Freddy Kreuger”: $8,000
  • 1985 Original OG Nike Air Jordan 1 Chicago, White, Black Red Bred 4280: $7,500

Top Vinyl Bought on eBay in 2019

  • Northern Soul Del Larks Queen City 1967: $13,101
  • Mozart’s Piano Sonatas by Vlado Perlemuter: $13,000
  • Beethoven’s Violin Concerto by Leonid Kogan: $9,400
  • George Szell Beethoven No 9: $7,760
  • Bob Dylan Freewheelin’ with 4 Different Tracks: $7,500

Top Comic Books Bought on eBay in 2019

  • 1962 Marvel Amazing Fantasy #15, CGC 5.0, Spider Man’s Origin/First Appearance,
  • Huge Key Issue: $32,000
  • Fantastic Four #1: $30,000
  • Amazing Fantasy #15, Origin/First Appearance of Spider Man: $29,999
  • Incredible Hulk #1, Hulk’s Origin/First Appearance: $29,500
  • Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider Man’s Origin/First Appearance: $26,422

Top Action Figures Sold in 2019

  • 1977 Star Wars Action Figures: $12,600
  • Ideal Super Queens Batgirl Original 1967 Action Figure: $6,000
  • Complete Set of Original Star Wars Kenner Action Figures from 1976 to 1985: $5,600
  • Lord of the Rings Action Figures: $4,875
  • Captain Action Super Queen 1967 Ideal Wonder Woman: $4,200

Top Video Games Sold in 2019

  • NES Stadium Events NTSC Nintendo Game: $15,499
  • NES Nintendo Kid Icarus VGA 85+, Gold: $14,000
  • Super Mario World Nintendo Black Label SNES: $13,500
  • Nintendo World Championships 1990 NWC Cartridge #273: $13,500
  • Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out Original NES 1989 White Label: $12,211

*Data is from eBay purchases globally from 1/1/19 – 12/6/19.
SOURCE eBay Inc.

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Gold ‘Frenzy’ To Build Around Election, Platinum Could Soar 50% By Year-End

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Gold ‘Frenzy’ To Build Around Election, Platinum Could Soar 50% By Year End

Peter Hug, head of the precious metal division at Kitco, believes the Fed’s decision to hold interest rates at near-zero through at least 2023 is bullish for precious metals and particularly gold. He also mentioned the road platinum can head to by the year’s end.

“About three Fed meetings ago they indicated they would hold rates at pretty much zero through the end of 2021 into early ‘22, today they’ve extended that by an additional year, there have been some analysts that are suspecting they will keep rates at zero right through 2024, so we’ve got another almost four years of zero interest rates to look forward to,” said Hug.

“The Fed being a bit more accommodative on inflation indicates to me that it’s a very positive environment for hard assets in general but I think the metals as well will continue to move higher over the next period of time based on the dovishness of the Fed, global central banks and the uncertainty of the US election coming up in about six weeks.”

The State of the Gold and Silver Markets

Hug said the current consolidation phase is a great sign of the overall health of the gold and silver markets. This comes after the frenzy in the gold and silver markets about a month ago.

“The market has been consolidating, which is a very good sign, especially for gold. Gold has been consolidating between our support level of 1925 and 1975 for the better part of two weeks. Silver seems to be between $26.50 – $27.50 range and consolidating as well. The fact that people are not selling into a market that is as frenetic as it was a month or six weeks ago, indicates to me that this market is setting up for the next leg higher once we get through this consolidation phase.”

Availability and Premiums

The gold and silver markets are taking a bit of a breather and the mania has slowed a bit. With this, Hug said the availability of gold and silver coins is getting better. He said premiums are coming down as well.

“On the gold and silver side, dealers are starting to show inventory. That’s not a result of increased production, it’s more a result because of this consolidation phase, retail investors have started to pull back on the markets so there’s not as much buying frenzy in the physical space right now, I think that changes if gold gets north of $2,000 again. But this consolidation of $50 range in gold and the $1, $1.50 range in silver has basically dried up the demand at these levels.”

“So production is still coming on board and dealers are starting to build inventory. And because of that you are seeing premiums come down. Silver maple leafs you can get, again, depending on quantity, somewhere between $5-6 over spot, Eagles are down somewhere between $5-7 over spot, so you are starting to see as this market stays sideways and we don’t see another rush into the buying side from the retail investor, you give it another 2-4 weeks and I think there will be reasonable inventory on the market and premiums should come down.”

Volatility to Return Soon?

Hug said that if you are looking to acquire gold and silver coins, you shouldn’t wait long as we could see volatility return very soon.

“I caution that past October 15 the market is going to be very volatile as we go into the election.”

Other than gold or silver, Hug sees a huge opportunity in the platinum space. There, he expects prices to climb 50% by the end of the year.

“I’m constructive platinum. It is also consolidating in the $900-950 range, but I do anticipate platinum to be north of $1000 and then look to $1200 possibly $1400 before year end.”

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US Billionaires Got Richer During Pandemic by $845 Billion

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US billionaires got richer during the pandemic by a tune of $845 billion. This represents a 29% increase from the time the Covid-19 lockdowns started until now. While the stock market crashed during the early days of the pandemic, it has since recovered. Along with recovery are net worth increases for America’s billionaire. Among the pandemic’s big winners of 2020 were Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg. Also in the list were investor Warren Buffett, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, and ex-NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

RELATED: Jeff Bezos Is Now Worth $200 Billion

In a report released Thursday, the Institute for Policy Studies and the Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) said the total net worth of 643 of the nation’s richest people rose from $2.95 trillion to $3.8 trillion.  

This is equal to a 29% increase between March to September. The report based the numbers on Forbes’ annual billionaire’s report and real-time data. 

Big Winners

Jeff Bezos, the founder, and CEO online retail giant Amazon is now the world’s richest man. The pandemic forced people indoors and played right into Amazon’s online strategy. As millions switched to online shopping, demand for Amazon’s services skyrocketed. Amazon shares zoomed along with 40% in 2020, as the company racked up billions in orders. People bought groceries, medicine, household products, and entertainment items on Amazon’s sites. As the company grew richer, so did its CEO and majority stockholder. On August 19, as stock prices of Amazon went up, his net worth exceeded $200 billion. As of September, Amazon stock has fluctuated and Bezos’ current worth is $184 billion. 

Another rich guy that got even richer was Tesla’s founder and CEO Elon Musk. Tesla’s value grew five times its January price. By August, the company’s stock split pushed his personal shares to $104 billion. This allowed him to join the coveted centibillionaire club. Compared to his March net worth of $24.6 billion, he’s now over four times that. As of September, with Tesla dropping value, Musk’s worth has dropped as well to $88 billion. 

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who was worth $107.6 billion in August (now down to $93.7 billion). Facebook stock rose from $209 in Jan to $303 in August, making his 13% stake worth over $100 billion. Like Musk, he also joined the centibillionaire club this year. 

“COVID crisis supercharges inequalities”

Chuck Collins, director of the Institute for Policy Studies’ Program on Inequality, and co-author of the report said he was somewhat shocked by the figures. He added that the COVID crisis is “supercharging America’s existing inequalities.” He said, “I would have thought maybe six months into this that things would have shaken out – that everybody would take a hit.” 

“The difference is stark between profits for billionaires and the widespread economic misery in our nation. It sort of dramatizes the unequal sacrifice and profiteering element of the wealth accumulation at the top.”

Meanwhile, Covid-19 infected 6 million Americans and killed more than 200,000. As businesses collapse, the economy outside of Wall Street is in recession. More than 50 million jobs vanished in the pandemic. At present, 14 million Americans remain unemployed. Even those lucky enough to still have jobs got hit. Average work income fell by 4.4.%, per Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Outbreaks are still prevalent, even as a vaccine remains under development. 

As such, the economy’s reopening remains slow. 

Even local governments are feeling the pressure. States and cities are hamstrung with crippling deficits. California declared a $54 billion deficit, while New York City is looking at a $9 billion loss in revenue. From now until 2022, state budgets face a $555 billion deficit. This is according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

COVID-19’s unique effect made those with better plans during the pandemic fares better than most. In the case of Amazon, people flocked to their site when going out posed safety issues. For the others, the rise in stock reflected more on how they handled their business during the crisis. Some people are just quicker to seize on opportunities, even those coming from a crisis.

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Fed Keeps Rates At Zero, Powell Says More Fiscal Support Needed

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The Federal Reserve wrapped up its last meeting before the November elections. It announced that it would keep rates at essentially zero until at least 2023. This serves as a signal that it doesn’t see inflation as an issue at all for the foreseeable future.

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said, “We’re going to continue to monitor developments, and we’re prepared to adjust our plans as appropriate.”

“With inflation running persistently below this longer run goal, the Committee will aim to achieve inflation moderately above 2 percent for some time so that inflation averages 2 percent over time and longer-term inflation expectations remain well anchored at 2 percent. The Committee expects to maintain an accommodative stance of monetary policy until these outcomes are achieved,” the Fed’s post-meeting statement said.

Uncertainty and the Stock Market

However, the Fed’s latest projections have core inflation staying below their 2% target until 2023. This leaves many observers unsure of the Fed’s actual plan to spur the inflation they desire. This uncertainty caused the stock market to drop after the announcement.

“He noted that targeting an inflation overshoot for ‘some time’ as the statement says, means that they are not targeting a ‘sustained’ overshoot. So how long is ‘some time’ if it isn’t sustained?'” asked AB economist Eric Winograd. “That imprecision is a problem that the committee is going to have to solve to reap the full benefits of the framework shift. It’s not a coincidence that the stock market, which had been in positive territory, flipped negative after the chair’s comments.”

“He’s the great and powerful Oz. Investors got duped. They thought enhanced forward guidance meant something, but when they peeked behind the curtain they realized the Fed didn’t do anything, and the market rolled over,” said Michael Arone, chief investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors.

Jon Hill, a senior fixed-income strategist at BMO, added “This is dovish – lower rates for longer, higher equities, weaker dollar. The Fed is saying we’re not hiking in 2023, maybe in 2024 … What they’re saying is these are our goals. We expect to have just barely met them and even then, they’re not raising rates.”

Stimulus and Economic Recovery

Stepping ever-so-slightly into the political realm, Powell said that Congress should pass another stimulus package to support the economic recovery. He then identified unemployment aid, small business relief and funding for state and local governments as three key areas.

“More fiscal support is likely to be needed,” Powell said. “The details of that are for Congress, not the Fed.”

Republicans have repeatedly stated that they won’t provide additional funding to bailout poorly managed cities and states as part of any additional stimulus bills.

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