The value of an antique item is much associated with its considerable age, as well as the nature of the object, often a piece of antique and retro furniture or a work of art. However, it is not just the age of the piece that reflects its value: factors such as how rare the item is, how beautiful it is, the condition it is in and other aspects like emotional connection, utility or a unique feature are all taken into account when giving the item a value.
Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase – Sold for $80.2 Million
The Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase is recognised as the most expensive antique to sell the world over. This antique vase carried a decoration in shades of pastel yellow, sky-blue and gold, as well as 4 motifs such as flowers and fish. The vase has the Persian seal on it and experts believe that it was crafted for Emperor Qianlong; his reign lasted from 1736 until 1795. Initially, this piece was believed to be an imitation piece and hence the value of $1000 was given. However, once it had been re-evaluated it was found to be authentic and the new value of $1 million was placed on it. Whilst 18 of these vases were created, this is the only one that remains. The mystery of how it got from China to London still has not been solved.
In 2010 the vase was exhibited for auction within the United Kingdom. Characteristics such as the history, beauty and rarity of the vase meant that bidding went above the expected figure and it eventually sold for $80.2 million. A sum of $29 million was assigned to the original consigner.
Badminton Cabinet – Sold for $36 Million
The badminton cabinet is one of the most expensive antiques to be sold and was created in Florence during the Medici dynasty. A group of 30 craftsmen spent 6 years making the cabinet. Precious stones such as amethyst, ebony and lapis Lazuli, as well as semi-precious stones, were used to decorate the cabinet and it is recognized as one of the most exquisite pieces of French furniture. The cabinet stands 12 feet tall and has a clock with numbers that are in a pattern of fleurs-de-lis. This antique piece holds the record twice for being the most expensive sale. It sold for a figure of $16.6 million in 1990 and a figure of $36 million in 2004. The cabinet is currently owned by Lichtenstein Museum and is on display for the public.
Leonardo da Vinci Codex Leicester – Sold For $30.8 Million
Taking its name from the earl of Leicester who bought the document in the year 1719, the codex is a see of scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci and is recognised amongst all of his works as being the most significant, as well as the most famous. Besides, the codex is recognised as being an expensive piece of science work and has sketches, theories and thoughts related to geography, astronomy the elements and various other topics related to science. Each topic is signed by da Vinici proving its authenticity. Bill Gates bought the Codex in 1994 at Christie’s auction.
Olyphant Battle Horn – Sold At $16.1 Million
Dating back the 11th century the Olyphant hunting horn is made from carved ivory and has various motifs as decoration. The horn is fully functioning and is made from elephant tusk, the motifs are expertly cared and show animals of the hunt like deers and rabbits. A private auction held in Scandinavia sold the horn for $16.1 million. This piece is very rare; in fact there are only 6 like it in the world.
White Porcelain Moonflask in Pink and Blue Enamel – Sold at $15.1 Million
The White Porcelain Moonflask in Pink and Blue enamel is on the list of most expensive antiques. Whilst the date of crafting was in the 18th-century, its nature and peerless essence are those of the 15th century. The enamel is in pink and blue and a unique Qianlong 6 character mark is featured. The flask mouth has a ruyi band and the handles are dragon scroll. An auction in 2010 in Hong Kong is where the flask was last sold, reaching a figure of $15.1 million.