Top 10 Most Expensive Items Sold At Auctions

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One question often asked by hardcore antique fans and collectors alike is, “What are the most expensive items ever sold at auctions?” . No comic books, action figures or other licensed collectibles even come close to what these top 10 items got sold for. From Gigayachts to Marilyn Monroe Happy Birthday Mr. President Dress, here is a of the most expensive items sold at auctions.


1. Gigayacht:


One of the most expensive items to ever be auctioned on eBay was the gigayacht. The gigayacht sold for a record breaking $168 million. The 405-ft boat was designed by naval architect Frank Mulder and sold by a Florida company called 4Yacht. It came complete with a helicopter garage and 14 multilevel VIP Suites.


2. Nude Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso


This painting was sold at Christie’s in New York on May 4, 2010 for $106,482,500.

”Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” is a part of the sequence of paintings of Picasso’s muse, Marie-Therese Walter, made by the artist at Boisgeloup, Normandy, in early 1932. They are widely regarded as among his greatest achievements during the inter-war period.”

The painting, which has been lent to the gallery by a private collector, will be on display in a new Pablo Picasso room in the Poetry and Dream wing on Level 3 of the building.


3. L’Homme Qui March I by Albert Giacometti


This Giacometti sculpture sold at Sotehby’s in London on February 3, 2010 for $103,700,000.

The sculpture was billed as the star of the auction and everyone expected it to sell well and it did. A sweepstake among dealers predicted it would go for around £40million.  It went for more.

The etiolated, life-size figure of a man walking was placed to the left of the auctioneer’s rostrum and the opening bid was £12m. There were gasps as the price passed £35m, laughter at £50m.

I guess no one cared about the recession as as many as ten people had the funds to keep the bids going past £30m – all of them ignoring the auctioneer’s £18m pre-sale estimate. WOW!


4. Qianlong Vase

qianlong vase

This vase sold  for $53 million.

This is the most expensive Chinese vase that was sold at Bainbridges Auction House in just 30 minutes of bidding. It was actually an 18th century origin that believed to be in present during the Qing Dynasty period under the reign of the 4th emperor. It is 16 inches tall and you could find engravings of fishes that serve as its adornments.


5. The Graff Pink

The Graff Pink

This Graff Pink Diamond weighing 24.78 carats and mounted in a ring was sold for $46,000,000 at Sotheby’s in Geneva.

The rectangular diamond was bought by the British billionaire jeweller Laurence Graff, 72.

Dubbed ‘The King of Bling’ – Mr Graff said that he had bought the gem for himself and immediately named it ‘The Graff Pink’, of course after him.

He paid nearly double the previous record which was for the 17th century stone the ‘Wittelsbach’ blue diamond two years ago. What a lucky lady would any girl be to get such a ring.


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