10 Of the World’s Most Expensive and Valuable Antiques Ever Sold
3 Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, $30.8 million
The codex was named after the earl of Leicester who purchased the document in 1719. The codex was a complex scientific document created by Leonardo which was his most famous and significant work as it was also regarded an elaborate work of science. It included theories, sketches and musings on astronomy, geography, the elements and several scientific topics. It was written by Da Vinci’s signature writing. Among 30 valuable scientific journals in the world, the codex is regarded as the most valuable of all. It was Bill gates who purchased the codex at a Christie’s auction in 1994.
2 Badminton Cabinet, $28.8 million
As one of the finest pieces of French furniture, the badminton cabinet took 30 craftsmen to create in 6 years. It was made on Florence during the Medici dynasty and measures 12 feet tall. The cabinet is decorated with precious stones like lapis Lazuli, amethysts, ebony and other semi precious gems. The clock at the top of the cabinet is marked with a fleur de Lys. The cabinet is now owned by the Lichtenstein Museum where it is on public display.
1 Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase, $81 million
This exquisite Qing Dynasty vase was strangely discovered in Pinner, London, England and is a mystery how it got there all the way from China. The vase dates back to 1740 and was considered a replica at time of discovery. It was valued at just $1000. However a reevaluation proved it to be authentic and was then set at $1 million. In 2010, however, bidding went over the top and the vase fetched $81 million which is an all time record for Chinese artifacts. It is the world’s most valuable antique.