To the Highest Bidder
It's not hard to understand why items of historical value go for astronomical sums at auction, but then there's the occasional oddity that sells for more than anyone would imagine. Case in point: One of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skulls ever discovered is expected to rake in at least $20 million at an upcoming auction. The colossal sum is an example of how the passions of collectors can elevate the prices of even the most unorthodox items. Whether run-of-the-mill or extraordinary, an object's value often bears little resemblance to its practicality, as suggested by the record amounts spent at recent auctions of items in various categories.