Gifts for Collectors

Andrea Divirgilio / December 19, 2008

After our Holiday gift guide for Him, Her, Home, Traveler, Pets, Audiophiles and Rich Kids, we are here with our latest gift guide for the most demanding of collectors. Creating a dream collection takes years of dedicated research and a good deal of luck at auctions and galleries. There are so many breeds of collectors and everyone of them has a different taste, so it really gets tough to address all at one time. Anyway, here we present to you a few of our unique gift selections for avid collectors.

$100 to $500

• LEGO Castle Chess Set

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If you are a great fan of Lego products, I’m sure you’ll love the LEGO Castle Chess Set. Designed to perfection with every minute detail thrown in to add to the excitement of the game, this is one hell of a piece you would want to own irrespective of whether you play the game or not. The set includes 31 minifigures, 2 giant trolls, 2 horses, 2 skeleton horses and 2 dragon heads. The incredible LEGO Castle chess set is available at Lego Shop for $199.

• The Impossible Collection

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This is the book a collector would like to receive as a Christmas gift. The book called “The Impossible Collection” is aimed straight at avid collectors with detailed information on each of the 100 artworks mentioned in the book. Color-tipped by hand on art-quality paper, each page of this limited edition series bears the unique imprint of the artisan. The Impossible Collection in the Assouline Ultimate Collection features the 100 most coveted artworks of the modern era. The Impossible Collection is available at Assouline for $500.

$500 to $1500

• Luke Skywalker Lightsaber

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If you’ve always wanted an authentic-looking lightsaber to add to your collection, this Master Replicas Luke Skywalker version might be just the right thing. This is one of the first lightsabers that Master Replicas created back in 2002. An edition of only 2500 units of this Luke Skywalker ROTJ LE Lightsaber was created worldwide and this one is edition number #1288. This is a must-have item for any Star Wars collector. The bidding for the Luke Skywalker Lightsaber currently sits at $600 at eBay.

• Laser Pistol from Lost in Space

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This attractive replica of the laser pistol from the first season sci-fi TV series Lost in Space has been created by Sci-Fi Metropolis in collaboration with master propsmith Richard Coyle. Each unit comes with a numbered display plate signed by Bill Mumy, who played Will Robinson on the show. Moreover, the pistol touts lighting, sound effects and a clear acrylic display stand. The limited edition laser pistol is available at FabGearUSA for $600.

• Visionaire 55 SURPRISE

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Here is something for art lovers. Created in collaboration with Krug, the Visionaire 55 SURPRISE is a series of intricate Victorian paper pop-ups by artists including Sophie Calle, Andreas Gursky, Cai Guo-Qiang, Steven Klein and Yayoi Kusama. Executed by renowned paper engineers, the issue astonishes viewers with moveable images, three-dimensional scenes and surprise reveals. The pop-up folios are housed in a dark purple cloth-covered case with a magnetized closure and engraved metal plaque. The Visionaire 55 SURPRISE is available for $675.

WOW Gifts

• Kinetic Cokoo Clock

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If you have a liking for kinetic sculptures, the audio-kinetic cuckoo clock by painter and sculptor George Rhodes could be a great buy. The clock mechanism is constructed of steel, brass and plastic. This limited edition Kinetic clock is available at Georgerhodes for $4,000.

• Bentley Speed 8 at 1/8th scale

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Pictured above is an appealing 1/8 scale replica of the Le Mans winning Bentley Speed 8, which is limited to a run of 100 pieces worldwide. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to call the 2003 Bentley Speed 8 a new car. If you are one ardent Bentley fan and looking for the finest expression in a chosen field, then this Amalgam piece is the just right thing for you to grab. The replica is available for a cool $4,135.

• Life-Size R2-D2 & C-3PO figurines

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This is just the thing that will prove that God does exist to all you die-hard Star Wars fans. These Sideshow Collectibles exclusive figures are made from fiberglass and feature lights and sounds powered by a set of AA batteries and are as accurate a reproduction of the originals as possible on Earth. The Life-Size R2-D2 & C-3PO figurines are available for $5450 and $5950 respectively.

• Dalmore 50yo whisky

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Wine collectors must eye this one. The new “50yo expression of The Dalmore” promises to enrich the wine connoisseurs with a “real taste of a bygone era that no other product or brand can offer.” This whisky was first distilled 140 years ago. The 50yo whisky is said to be soft and elegant with a multitude of complex flavors that linger in the mouth. The Dalmore 50yo whisky is available at DrinkShop for $6,520 for a full-size 70cl bottle.

• Ferrari Segway i2 Personal Transporter

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Completely versatile and consistently enjoyable, the limited edition Ferrari Segway i2 Personal Transporter is a tifosi-red version of the famous but slow-selling gyro-stabilized scooter. It comes in Ferrari’s red color and has a Scuderia Ferrari logo at the base. I wouldn’t recommend it to those who are not caught with the Ferrari mania. The Ferrari Segway i2 is available for $9,965.

• Limited Edition Darth Vader Bronze Statue

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This could make for a great Christmas gift for a Star Wars fan. Sculpted by Lawrence Noble, the inspiration for this Vader bronze came from a source usually associated with the Star Wars prequels, that is the planet Coruscant. Standing 4 feet tall and weighing 150 lbs., this majestic statue sports a particular attitude as it is frozen with one foot raised on a little precipice. The Darth Vader Bronze Statue is available at StarWars for $18,000.

• Leatherman’s Charge Del Ray

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So, you have a liking for Swiss Army Knives, but need some out-of-the-box thing? Look no further than the Charge Del Ray. Like King Midas, whose touch turned everything to gold, artist Adrian Pallarols extends his luxurious style to the Del Rey, Leatherman’s 25th Anniversary luxury tool. The 18K gold handles features Adrian Pallarol’s artwork around Tim Leatherman’s signature. The Leatherman’s Charge Del Ray is available fro $40,000.

• Goyard trunk full of Visionaire magazines

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While the Goyard trunk collection will be out of reach to most collectors, a few might get lucky. For $150,000, you can get 10 complete sets of Visionaire’s first 50 issues in the Goyard trunks. The lofty price tag for a collection of magazines is the result of multiple factors, including Visionaire’s increasing collectability as well as trends in the luxury goods market. Buy it at Visionaire for $150,000.

• 1995 Ferrari Motorcycle

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A Ferrari motorcycle is something every Ferrari fan must be looking at. This one-and-only Ferrari motorcycle will go on auction at Bonhams Switzerland on December 20th. This one-and-only official Ferrari bike was built by David Kay Engineering in 1995. The street legal ride features a DOHC engine displacing 900cc and putting out 105 horsepower at 8,800rpm. This one-off 1995 Ferrari Motorcycle at Bonhams will go for around $300,000.

• 1955 121 LM Spyder by Scaglietti

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This rare Ferrari will be up for grabs at Bonhams on the 20th of this month. This historically important competition Ferrari was raced by the late Phil Hill in both the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hours and the Venezuela Grand Prix. This magnificent sports-prototype Ferrari was the fifth and last of the select batch of 6-cylinder big-engine projectiles. It is estimated to sell for between $2.3 and $3.3 million.

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