10 Of the World’s Most Expensive and Valuable Antiques Ever Sold
7 Princess Katharina Henckel Tiara, $12.1 Million
The emerald and diamond tiara belonged to Princess Katharina Henckel Von Donnersmarck and made for her coronation. The tiara features 11 rare Columbian emeralds and weighs over 500 karats. It was sold at a Sotheby’s magnificent and Noble Jewels sale auction in Geneva for $12.1 million.
6 Ming Dynasty Gold Tripod Vessel, $14.2 million
The world’s most exorbitant and impressive antique is the Chinese Ming Dynasty gold tripod vessel made from 18 karat gold. The vessel is embellished with rubies, natural pearls, sapphires, cat’s eyes chrysoberyl and precious cabochon gems. Its value was estimated at $14.2 million and sold at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong in 2008.
5 Pink, blue and white enameled moon flask, $15.1 million
Among the world’s most valuable antiques, this ancient 18th century flask is enameled in pink blue and white and features a unique Qianlong 6 character mark. The mark also sets the date of the flask at 1736-1795. The moon flask features a flaming pearl and two phoenixes in pink enamel. It was sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong.
4 The Olyphant, $16.1 million
The Olyphant hunting horn dates back to the 11th century and traditionally handcrafted from carved ivory and decorated with detailed motifs. Said to be crafted in Scandinavia it is extremely rare as only six of such horns exist in the world. It is the most expensive antique ever auctioned which fetched a price of $ 17 million.