The Most Expensive Antiques Ever Sold in the WorldOctober 18, 2013
Have you ever wondered what the most expensive antiques ever sold at auction were, in the world? Some of the most expensive items are older, yet they are still beautiful. Here are some of the antiques making auctioneers large commissions across the globe.
Emerald & Diamond Tiara – $12,771,987
This item once belonged to the wife of French Emperor Napoleon III and makes the list without any issue. It was sold in May of 2011 at Sotheby’s. Guido Henckel von Donnersmark originally commissioned it and the buyer of this item remains anonymous.
Harrington Commode – $6,060,854
The Thomas Chippendale’s Harrington Commode makes the list as one of the most expensive antiques ever sold. It was sold by Sotheby’s in London back in December of 2010. This item is one of the best examples of the genius of Chippendale.
Olyphant – $17,017,037
Would you carry a battlehorn worth millions of dollars into war? Most would answer by saying, “NO!” However, that is exactly what an Olyphant is and this marvelous piece is one of the most expensive every produce. It was auctioned in Scandinavia and comes from the 11th century.
Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase – $84,678,100
The most expensive antique to ever sell at auction was auctioned in 2010. The Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase dates back to 1740 and sold for a MASSIVE price tag.
This vase was once thought to be just a good replica, but later was appraised by an expert and deemed authentic. Regardless, this is one of the most expensive items you will find in the entire world.
These are some of the most expensive antiques ever sold, and some of the most expensive items ever sold in the world period. Could you imagine paying millions for a vase, commode, battlehorn or tiara?