It has been believed that due to the fact that humans only spend a short time on earth, many collectors often spend a fortune on antiques and will pay any price to get what they want. More than often these items are generally considered to be worthless in the collectors time on this planet. Others believe that it is natural for humans to want or need something that no other person has and then be able to boast about owning such items.
However, there are a few true connoisseurs who appreciate the beauty that is often rare in these pieces. These people will generally pay any price to own one or more of these pieces. Below is a list of the some of the most costly antiques that have been auctioned over the years.
Auctioned at $3,793,250 is the “Harrington Commode”. It was auctioned at four times than its estimated price at Sotheby’s on December the 7th 2010 in London. The design of this piece is an indication of the versatility of this designer and how he could conform to just about any taste, while adding his very own style and definition.
Germain – ” Royal Soup Tureen”
This exquisite soup tureen which was made especially for “Louis XV” and has been described as owning a type of lid that is the same as a rare old masterpiece. Auctioned at �6,445,397, the lid depicts intricate pictures of fowl, fish and vegetables, and the silver in the piece is considered to be the finest from historical wars such as the “Seven Years” War and the French Revolution.
Secretary Desk An Antique By The “Goddard And Townsend Families”
Both the Townsend and Goddard families were Quakers of the 18th century that lived in America among a community of cabinet makers in the area of Rhode Island. This piece is a Chippendale style and is one of only 9 pieces ever made, which relates to the intrinsic worth. It was auctioned at $7,580,977 and was sold by Christies in 1989 in New York.
Diamond And Emerald Tiara That Belonged Once To The French Emperor “Napoleon III’s” Wife
Sold in May 2011 by Sotheby’s this piece was originally “commissioned” by a “German” prince Guido Henckel von Donnersmarck for wife number two, her name was Katharina. The buyer of this stunning piece is still anonymous. The piece was auctioned at the astounding price of $7,994,484.
Ming Dynasty the “Gold Tripod Vessel”
This exquisite gold tripod made out of 18k gold is a beauty that is extremely rare, depicting 2 dragons that were crafted masterfully. This piece dates back to the Xuande era and contains sapphires, chrysoberyl, rubies, natural pearls and turquoise. Some of the experts on the Ming artifacts state that this piece may be only 1 of 8 pieces of gold to survive this specific era. Just before the auction back in April 2008, many believed one of the many Chinese millionaires would claim and win this bid. However, in the end a westerner won the bid at $9,397,905.
“Moonflask” In Blue And Pink Enamel With White Porcelain
There is beauty, grace and significant historical significance contained in this Moonflask that dates back to the “Qianlong” dynasty due to the 6 character mark. It has been said that it was crafted between the dates of 1736-1795. In “Matsuoka” Art Museum in Tokyo is an “identical” flask and it is now believed that these two were once a pair. The characteristics that make these moonflasks remarkable are the color combinations which are extremely unique used with the porcelains. This moonflask was auctioned in December 2010 in Hong Kong by Christies at $10,024,432.
It is highly unlikely that any person would be carrying a “battle” horn that has a worth of over 10 million onto the frontlines. But the Olyphant is a battle horn and is often known as a type of hunting horn. This amazing piece has been regarded as the most- “expensive”- antique that has ever been auctioned in the country of Scandinavia and was crafted way back in the “11th Century”.
This antique fetched an astounding price of $19,045,250 and is considered to be a highly fine piece crated in the area of Florence. It took around 6 years to construct with over 30 craftsmen that worked on the piece. The Badminton Cabinet now resides in a Museum named the “Liechtenstein” and it is highly appreciated by all the visitors.
The “Pinner Qing” Dynasty Vase
This antique was regarded as the most costly piece ever auctioned in 2010 in the UK. This vase has been believed to come from the mid 1700’s. At a certain stage this vase featured in a TV show known as “Going for a Song” were it was labeled incorrectly as a “nice replica”. However, it was later appraised and dated by a number of experts that found it authentic. Any person interested in this piece auctioned at $53,000,000, may be interested by its extremely rich history and how this item was discovered and then at a later date auctioned.
Many people make the grave mistake of assuming that all products from China are related to bargain basement items. However, three of the most costly antiques ever auctioned all come from China. These highly priced items are all still in pristine condition hundreds, sometimes even thousands of years later.