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Posted: 10/11/2004 3:51:25 AM EST
Besides your family jewels (which, no doubt are priceless) ?

For me, its a HUGE diamond worth about 320k USD. Heart shaped, white diamond, good clarity, cut, etc.

Held it in Thailand. My dads friends cousin owns a jewellery shop there and its Uber. He won some Uber jewellery prize or something. The thing he made to win it was this bracelet made with BLACK gold and had one pretty damn big diamond in it.

He had ivory everywhere (his dad collected it). Damn rich guy, but nice too!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 3:53:13 AM EST
My wife when she lets me
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 3:53:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2004 3:53:46 AM EST by mjohn3006]
A mens diamond ring that had at least 50 diamonds on it. I thought it was ugly as heck, but the fact it had a $35,000 price tag on it made it cool to hold.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 3:54:11 AM EST
Bigfoot II
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 3:55:19 AM EST
A Ming vase
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:00:51 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:01:35 AM EST
About half a million in jewels taken from a robbery.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:03:17 AM EST
A bank. It was a hold-up.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:05:24 AM EST
A package containing $250,000.

Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:07:20 AM EST

Originally Posted By BookHound:
A cashiers check for $2.8 (or was it $2.6?) million dollars made out to my brother-in-law. That's the most valuable thing I've ever held.

As far as the most expensive thing, probably a four carat diamond. No idea what the value was, but I'm sure it was a lot.



did he share the wealth??
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:08:29 AM EST
Stradivarius
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:10:42 AM EST
Cashier's check for over $160,000 from the sale of my father's house after he died in 1999...it was the most $$$ I had ever held in my hand at one time...so far...
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:11:13 AM EST
Priceless artifacts from a museum of ancient Chinese relics while giving
tours. Jade carvings and such that were hundreds and thousand year old
treasures. Can't give monetary value though.


GM
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:29:07 AM EST
Not sure which was more expensive, but it was either a transmitter for an APG-68 fire control radar (F16) or a Space Shuttle MTU (Master Timing Unit) when I worked at Westinghouse. Either cost well over a million dollars at the time, probably a lot more.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:30:16 AM EST
A nuclear submarine armed wwith 16 SLBM's.

Knowing you're driving that thing is pretty damned cool!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:30:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By jdgiii:
My wife when she lets me



+1
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Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:36:58 AM EST
I was given a private tour of the Bureau of Engraving plant just north of Fort Worth. I was allowed to look into the huge vault. It was full of steel pallet racking and pallets of brand spanking new money. Because none of the bills were bigger than a $20, I was able to cast my eyes on a mere $6 BILLION. The money was too big to hold; I had a bit of a problem holding my bowels when they told me how much was there. Also, there were those guys with the H&Ks.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:37:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2004 4:38:45 AM EST by IamtheNRA]

Originally Posted By BookHound:
repub18, not with me. He did finally buy my sister the Corvette she always wanted. He got the money after selling his business. He took the next year off and spent the time scuba diving all over the world. Funny thing is he's a cheap bastard. He really wants an AR-15 but wants me to build him one for cheap. When I quoted him prices as low as $650, he offered to buy my mini-14 instead. A guy with over $2 million in the bank and he balked at a $650 AR. At least I'm rid of the mini now.



Being a "cheap bastard" is probably why he is rich...frugality is a character trait of most self-made millionaires...
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:38:45 AM EST

I touched the General Lee at Cooter's Place in Gatlinburg, TN. That was the most valuable thing to me...
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:39:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 10/11/2004 4:40:01 AM EST by IamtheNRA]

Originally Posted By BeetleBailey:
I touched the General Lee at Cooter's Place in Gatlinburg, TN. That was the most valuable thing to me...



My wife and I touched it when it was in Sperryville, VA...Ben Jones is a friend of ours...
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:48:59 AM EST
A vintage D'Angelico guitar.

Link Posted: 10/11/2004 4:57:09 AM EST
most valuable THING....

....a Viet Nam vets purple heart.

Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:09:39 AM EST
$ 275,000.00 Porsche rally car , I didnt just sit in it I got to drive it for a few days. Over ten years later I still smile when I think of it.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:12:53 AM EST
My grandchildren. Considering that it costs a small fortune to raise a kid today.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:17:33 AM EST
I held the bundles that MAE east runs its network on. I've also held qwests backbone and MCI's.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:19:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By jadams951:
About half a million in jewels taken from a robbery.



So, how much did you get for them?


The most valuable thing I've handled was a $250K shotgun.


Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:23:01 AM EST
It is shaping up to be My Daughter. The bills keep rolling in.
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[Last Edit: 10/11/2004 5:24:43 AM EST by nick13]
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Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:32:42 AM EST
Mel fisher museum in Key West. They have a display where you can lift one of the recovered gold bars from the Atocha. I don't remember exactly what it weighed but the value was several million dollars.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:36:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:39:52 AM EST
The USS Nimitz's nuclear propulsion plant.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:40:05 AM EST
My first daughter!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:44:00 AM EST
In my mind.....the Love of my Life (Priceless)

In my hands......probably a Segment from a Frame 3 GE Heavy Turbine ( >$300k)

Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:44:34 AM EST
$250K hunk of Aviation Electronics

Promply dropped it from a 1 foot height (it still worked). Then put it into a HALT chamber and shook it at very high vibration levels while putting it through rapid thermal changes.


(That was a fun job)
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:48:40 AM EST
Implants.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 5:49:04 AM EST
outside of touchy-feely answers, and the fact that you can't really hold any multi-million dollar aircraft in your hand and carry it around, my answer would have to be:

the keys to the arms room.

racks and racks of M16's, 1911A1's, M60's, M203's and cases of assorted NV devices (for personel, personal and crewserved weapons).

now, there may be a trump card in carrying comsec devices, those can get pretty pricey
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:05:00 AM EST
The Football. Not a Football, but that briefcase you see handcuffed to the military aid that follows the President around in the movies. It is not really handcuffed to them. No price tag on that, but what do you think someone would pay for it?
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:06:46 AM EST
I had the secrets to make cold fusion which also cured all disease right on my screen...but then WinME crashed and I lost it.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:44:48 AM EST

Originally Posted By JasonD:
Mel fisher museum in Key West. They have a display where you can lift one of the recovered gold bars from the Atocha. I don't remember exactly what it weighed but the value was several million dollars.



+1
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:48:32 AM EST
2 million cash
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:54:49 AM EST
A $280,000 check and a $250,000 check that came in as payments for services rendered by my company. It’s always strange seeing quarter of a million dollar checks come in via regular first class 37 cent mail!
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:55:56 AM EST
Well if checks count, I've left the closing table from a few real estate transactions with multi-million dollar checks.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 6:56:26 AM EST
$744,000 in $20 bills seized from a drug dealer.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:00:38 AM EST

Originally Posted By Alien:
A $280,000 check and a $250,000 check that came in as payments for services rendered by my company. It’s always strange seeing quarter of a million dollar checks come in via regular first class 37 cent mail!



Had the same experience -- held a check for $1.68 million that came in the mail. Thought it was strange it came in the mail as well, but then thought: if someone stole it, where in hell would they go to cash it? Sadly, it wasn't payable to me....

Holding my granddaughter is priceless to me........
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:07:46 AM EST
That I have held? A titanium Omega Seamaster. About 4,000 dollars.

That I have been in? My house, we're paying off a value of about 250,000 dollars, but it's now worth about 450,000.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:10:04 AM EST

Originally Posted By PennvilleBill:

Originally Posted By Alien:
A $280,000 check and a $250,000 check that came in as payments for services rendered by my company. It’s always strange seeing quarter of a million dollar checks come in via regular first class 37 cent mail!



Had the same experience -- held a check for $1.68 million that came in the mail. Thought it was strange it came in the mail as well, but then thought: if someone stole it, where in hell would they go to cash it? Sadly, it wasn't payable to me....

Holding my granddaughter is priceless to me........



I had the exact same notion. And they weren't payable to me either. By my company I meant my employer.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 7:23:52 AM EST
Well, when I was dating the succubus, she had family in the diamond business. We visited her cousin, a diamond broker (who supplies the Tiffany diamonds), in the diamond district in New York City. So he shows us into this little non-descript office on the second floor, and pushes a code into the wall. Well, a bookcase swings open and there's a "room" that is essentially a huge vault, complete with an armed security guard (looked to me like a F.A. Uzi). We go into the "room" and it is locked behind us. Then the guy pulls out a shoe-box sized tray full of cut diamonds in the 'paper wrap' -- and hands it to me. For shits and giggles, I asked the question. He said I was holding roughly 500 diamonds of varying sizes, but all graded VSI or better with an aggregate retail value of over 10 million dollars. And he had three more boxes like that in the safe. It was surreal. Pretty fucking expensive rocks.

Link Posted: 10/11/2004 8:14:12 AM EST
$350k check.
Link Posted: 10/11/2004 8:22:42 AM EST
You have any idea how much cocaine you can put in a backpack??
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