Expensive auction items

A look at the items to garner big price tags on the auction block.

This image provided by Heritage Auctions shows an authentic 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was hidden in a Virginia closet for 41 years after its owners were mistakenly told it was a fake. The nickel is one of only five known and expected to sell for $2.5 million or more in an auction conducted by Heritage Auctions in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill., on April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/courtesy of Heritage Auctions.)

This image provided by Heritage Auctions shows an authentic 1913 Liberty Head nickel that was hidden in a Virginia closet for 41 years after its owners were mistakenly told it was a fake. The nickel is one of only five known and expected to sell for $2.5 million or more in an auction conducted by Heritage Auctions in the Chicago suburb of Schaumburg, Ill., on April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/courtesy of Heritage Auctions.)

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2012, file photo, a model holds the Archduke Joseph Diamond, a historical diamond, during a Christie's auction preview, in Geneva, Switzerland. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 Christie’s is selling the Archduke Joseph Diamond, one of the rarest and most famous. The 76.02 carat diamond, with perfect color and internally flawless clarity, came from the ancient Golconda mines in India. It is expected to sell for more than $15 million. In 1993, Christie’s auctioned it in Geneva where it sold for $ 6.5 million. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron, File)

FILE- In this Oct. 4, 2012, file photo, a model holds the Archduke Joseph Diamond, a historical diamond, during a Christie's auction preview, in Geneva, Switzerland. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 Christie’s is selling the Archduke Joseph Diamond, one of the rarest and most famous. The 76.02 carat diamond, with perfect color and internally flawless clarity, came from the ancient Golconda mines in India. It is expected to sell for more than $15 million. In 1993, Christie’s auctioned it in Geneva where it sold for $ 6.5 million. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron, File)

Bob York displays a naval dispatch announcing V-J Day, the end of the war with Japan, at Col. Kirk's Auction Gallery in Millville, Pa., Aug. 6, 2012. York is auctioning the rare cable on Aug. 15, the 67th anniversary of V-J Day. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s Asia Deputy Chairman, holds the Chinese Song Dynasty ceramics Ruyao Washer at the Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong Wednesday, April 4, 2012. The 900-year-old dish smashed the world record for Chinese Song Dynasty ceramics sold at auction, fetching US$26.7 million. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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The baseball Mark McGwire hit for home run number 70 is shown at New York's Madison Square Garden Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, after it was sold at auction to an undisclosed phone bidder for $2.7 million, plus commission. The previous record for a baseball sold at auction was $126,000, the ball Babe Ruth hit for the first home run in Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

This Feb. 13, 2012 handout photo provided by Heritage Auction shows the CGC-Certified 3.0 copy of Action Comics #1 from the Billy Wright Collection at Heritage Auctions in Dallas,Texas. On Wednesday, the collection is expected to bring more than $2 million when Heritage Auctions offers the comics at auction in New York City. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

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Peter Siegel, a New York memorabilia dealer, poses with the dress Marilyn Monroe wore to sing "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, after buying the dress for $1,267,000 at auction at Christie's in New York on October 27. The sale smashed the record price paid for a dress at auction. Monroe was sewn into the form-fitting, flesh-toned dress minutes before her appearance at a May, 1962 birthday fete for Kennedy. Reuters

This undated photo provided by Christie's shows Tiffany's circa 1910 "Wisteria" leaded glass and bronze table lamp in deep purples, violets and blues. The lamp, which graced San Francisco's popular Eddie Rickenbacker bar, is being sold on June 14th by Christie's auction house in New York. Eddie Rickenbacker's colorful proprietor, Norman Jay Hobday, died in February 2011. Hobday's Tiffany collection of six lamps and one chandelier is expected to bring more than $2 million on June 14. (AP Photo/Christie's)

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