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12 Most Expensive Items Sold at Auction in the Previous decade


12 Most expensive items sold at auctions including hand bags, vases, watches, dresses, diamonds, cars and cameras.


It is the end of 2020. But 2020 is not just a year but the beginning of a whole new decade. As we all aware of the tragedies of 2020 and their bad influence on income which led to a whole new level of market crash. But let’s not forget that the world was not always in chaos. There was a good time too. That we could shop as much as we wanted to and spend hundreds or thousands on useless things. why?… Just because we wanted to. Let’s look at the past decade and its biggest price tags.

A Hand Bag

An Hermès Birkin bag is priced between $9000-$13000 always. But just because you had money saved does not mean that you can buy it. There is a whole process even to buy an Hermès. Therefore people get exited when they hear that an Hermès Birkin in being auctioned. And this time it is a rare Himalayan crocodile Hermès Birkin was sold for $378,074 in an auction organized by Christies in Hong Kong 2017. The bag was accessorized with 18k white gold and diamonds.

A Script

The script was sold for $811,615 in an auction organized by Christie’s in 2018. Legendary actress used this copy of the script as her personal working script in this iconic movie.

A Drum Set

Beetles drummer Ringo Starr’s drum kit was sold for $2.2 million in 2015. This Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl drum set was used in more than 200 performances in 1963-1964 by Beetles.

A Camera

A vintage Leica camera was sold for $2.8 million in 2012 at an auction in Vienna, Austria. It was a Leica 35mm film camera and only 25 of them was produced in 1923 for testing.

A Dress

A dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” was sold for $4.8 million in 2016. It is considered as the most expensive dress ever sold at an auction. It was a custom made Jean Louis gown which Marilyn Monroe wore during her performance for president Kennedy at a fundraiser gala in 1962.

A Vase

A Chinese vase was sold for $9 million in 2020 after 50 years. Previously the same vase was sold at Sotheby’s auction in 1954 for $56 (about $530 in today’s dollars) and since then it was locked away in a open cupboard for decades in a central European house with several cats and dogs. The vase dates back to the Qianlong dynasty (1735-1799). The vase was named as “Harry Garner Reticulated Vase” in honor of British collector who owned it prior to its 1954 auction.

A Violin

An 18th century violin was sold for $15.9 million at an online auction in 2011. BBC reported that the violin was once owned by Lady Anne Blunt, the granddaughter of Lord Byron. The auction was held in order to benefit the victims of an earthquake and tsunami in the same year.

A Watch

A Patek Philippe watch was sold at a Christie’s auction held in Geneva for $31 million in 2019. The model of the watch was Grandmaster Chime. The auction was held in order to benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Auctioneers believes that the sale was for charity helped to boost the bidding price. It is recorded as the most expensive watch ever sold at an auction beating the previous record held by a Rolex watch once owned by Paul Newman which was auctioned in 2017 and sold for $17.7 million.

A Pearl Pendant

A pearl pendant owned by Marie Antoinette was sold for $36 million in 2018. The pearl pendant was a part of a major collection of jewellery and some of jewels had not been seen in public for 200 years. Marie Antoinette was an Austrian princess before her marriage to Louis XVI the king of France. Her extravagant lifestyle created hatred towards her and after the French Revolution she was guillotined in 1793 at the age of 37. But she smuggled out her jewellery to her family in Austria before her failed attempt to flee France. How ever this sale is recorded as the most expensive pearl jewellery ever sold by beating the previous record holder, a pearl necklace owned by Elizabeth Taylor which was sold for $11.8 million.

A Race Car

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold for $48.4 million in 2018 at an auction held in Monterey, California. It was sold at RM Sotheby’s as part of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Only 36 of the model was made and the cars dominated the racing during their days by winning more than 300 races combined. Many collectors believe that the Ferrari 250 GTO is the most beautiful Ferrari ever made. The car was sold by Greg Whitten, a former Microsoft executive and he had brought the car in 2000 for the price of 1/10 of its new price.

A Blue Diamond

The most expensive blue diamond ever sold at an auction is “The Oppenheimer Blue”. The 14.62 carat diamond was sold for $57.9 million in 2016 at an auction held by Christie’s in Geneva. It was named after Sir Philip Oppenheimer the former owner of the diamond. The diamond was mounted on a platinum ring and flanked on either side by a trapeze shaped diamonds. Blue diamonds are exceptionally rare as only 0.0001% of the world diamonds will be blue diamonds. But Not all the Blue diamonds get to categorized as “Fancy Vivid” only 1% which The Oppenheimer Blue is.

A Painting

The most expensive art sold at an auction is Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi”. It was sold for $450.3 million at an auction held by Christie’s in 2017. The painting was long thought to be a copy of a lost original veiled with over painting but it was rediscovered and restored. The Christie’s claims that most leading scholars consider it to be an original work by Leonardo da Vinci and one of the surviving paintings attributed to the artist which is less than 20.

Ref : The Hermès Himalaya, Bagaholic , Most expensive dress sold at auction, Rare Chinese Vase Found in Pet-Filled Home Sells for $9 Million, Most expensive wristwatch ever sold fetches $31 million at auction, Marie Antoinette pearl auctioned for record $36m, Most expensive car ever sold at auction fetches $48 million Rare blue diamond sells for record $57.5 million

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