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Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:50:45 GMT | By Meredith Galante, Business Insider
10 outrageous luxury purchases

From a 1912 Rolls Royce to Jane Austen's gemstone ring, the wealthy have been making some interesting purchases.



From left, Ty Cobb, Jane Austen's ring, and Mario Testino's portrait of Daphne Guinness. (© Wikimedia Commons; Courtesy Sotheby's; London News Pictures/Rex Features)
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  • From left, Ty Cobb, Jane Austen's ring, and Mario Testino's portrait of Daphne Guinness. (© Wikimedia Commons; Courtesy Sotheby's; London News Pictures/Rex Features)
  • A late 1960s AMT hobby model kit depicting the 'Star Trek' shuttle Galileo 7. (© Courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com Archive and Cloud's Antiques)
  • John Constable's 'The Lock.' (© Courtesy Christie's)
  • A 1912 Rolls Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman Limousine. (© Courtesy Bonhams)
  • Jamie Ritchie, head of Sotheby's wine in the U.S. and Asia presiding over the auction of The Macallan 64 Years Old in Lalique. (© Courtesy Business Wire)
  • Jane Austen's ring and a letter from her sister-in-law. (© Courtesy Sotheby's)
  • Ty Cobb played for the Detroit Tigers in 1910. (© Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
  • A piece of toast which was left uneaten by Prince Charles on the morning of his wedding to Princess Diana in 1981. (© Paul Tonge/Rex Features)
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Rich people and collectors have purchased some offbeat things. From Star Trek memorabilia to a slice of Prince Charles' toast, here are the records that were recently smashed.

* All dollar amounts in USD.

* Video: Tintin comic book cover fetches record price at auction

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