Monday, July 22, 2013

Top 10 Most Expensive Items Sold At Auctions

Top 10 Most Expensive Items Sold At Auctions

Listed below is a compilation of the 10 items sold with the highest prices ever at various auctions around the globe.

1.      Gigayacht: It was sold at an exorbitant price of 168 million dollars at an auction on eBay. The boat is 405 feet in length, and 14 VIP suites and a garage for helicopter.

2.     Nude Green Leaves and Bust by Pablo Picasso: This painting was made by Pablo Picasso in 1932 and was auctioned at Christie’s for 106,482,500 dollars.

3.     L’Homme Qui March I by Albert Giacometti: The sculpture is in the form of a life-sized figure of a walking man; and it was auctioned in London at Sotheby’s and fetched an unexpected high price of 103,700,000 dollars.

4.     Qianlong Vase: The costliest Chinese vase ever sold was the Qianlong Vase which was auctioned at Bainbridge’s Auction House at a cost of 53 million dollars. The vase belongs to the period of the Qing Dynasty (1616-1912), is 16 inches in length and has fish engravings.

5.     The Graff Pink: The rectangular stone named The Graff Pink was auctioned in Geneva at Sotheby’s for a price of 46,000,000 dollars. The weight of the diamond is 24.78 carats and it was by a British jeweller.

6.     18th Century Badminton Cabinet: This beautiful eighteenth century furniture item is made of ebony wood. It is 12 feet in length and precious stones are inlaid. The auction price at Christie’s was 36,662,106 dollars.

7.      Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer: This famous manuscript of Leonardo da Vinci depicts his writings and sketches. It was auctioned at a staggering price of 30,802,500 dollars.

8.     Artemis & the Stag:  It is a sculpture which was built during the Roman Empire about 2000 years ago. In 2007, it was purchased for 28.6 million dollars.

9.     1721 “Lady Blunt” Stradivarius Violin: The Nippon Music Foundation of Japan sold the historic violin at Tarisio Auction House. The purchase price was 15,894,000 dollars and the entire amount was donated for the victims of 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.

10. Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” Dress: This dress was auctioned for 4,600,000 dollars in 1999.

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