Walk past any gallery and ponder the antiques and valuables there. You will be surprised at the prices, but you will see that it is nothing compared to the items on this list. If you are an antique lover then this is the perfect list for you as it encompasses the most expensive antiques in the world!
- Top 10 most expensive antiques in the world
- 10 Sword of Napoleon [$6.4 million]
- 9 French Germain Royal soup tureen (oille pot) [$9.7 million]
- 8 Goddard & Townsend Secretary [$11.4 million]
- 7 Princess Katharina Henckel’s Tiaria [$12.1 Million]
- 6 Ming Dynasty Gold Tureen [$14.2 million]
- 5 Pink, Blue & White Glazed Vase [$15.1M]
- 4 The Oliphant [$16.1 million]
- 3 Badminton Cabinet [$28.8 million]
- 2 Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester [$30.8 million]
- 1 Pinner Qing dynasty vase [$80.2 million]
Top 10 most expensive antiques in the world
10 Sword of Napoleon [$6.4 million]
During his life, Napoleon acquired several unique weapons, mostly in gold, including several swords. This was worn and used in battle by Napoleon until 1800, it is adorned with gold. He then gave it to his brother as a wedding present. The sword then remained in the Bonaparte family, it was transmitted from generation to generation. In 1978, it was declared a National Treasure of France. She represented power, victory, and discipline in the world. It was sold at auction in France during the summer of 2007 for 6.4 million dollars. Also, Read – Amethyst Meaning, Properties, Powers, Price, & Jewelry
9 French Germain Royal soup tureen (oille pot) [$9.7 million]
Have you ever seen a 10 million dollar soup tureen! It’s done. Its purpose was exactly what you think, to contain the soup. Made by Thomas Germain, a French goldsmith of the Rococo period, the royal soup tureen was a legacy of Louis Philippe 1er. It was made in 1733 and weighs 13.6 kg. What makes it special and unique is that it belonged to the king of France. Very few pieces of silverware that belonged to the king of France are sold at auction. In general, this type of piece is kept in major public collections (Louvre Museum, Metropolitan Museum, Gulbenkian Foundation, Detroit and Philadelphia museums, Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels). And of course which pieces remain in major private collections.
8 Goddard & Townsend Secretary [$11.4 million]
The Mahogany Secretaire by Goddard & Townsend was designed and created in 1760. They measure 2.8m in length. This secretaire costs $11.4 million for its substantial beauty and incredible sturdiness. It was designed and created for Nicholas Brown.
7 Princess Katharina Henckel’s Tiaria [$12.1 Million]
The magnificent emerald and diamond tiara was once the property of Princess Katharina Henckel von Donnersmarck. She wore it on her coronation day. The value of the jewel amounts to 12.1 million dollars. This tiara is adorned with 11 Colombian emeralds, weighing over 500 carats. This tiara was sold at auction for 12.1 million dollars in Geneva, at Sotheby’s Magnificent and Noble Jewels sale.
6 Ming Dynasty Gold Tureen [$14.2 million]
It is one of the most exorbitant and alluring antiques in the world. The Chinese soup tureen is made of 18 karat gold and was created throughout the Ming dynasty, particularly during the Xuande period. Its value is estimated at $14.2 million. It is adorned with precious stones, rubies, natural pearls, sapphires, and cat’s eye chrysoberyl.
5 Pink, Blue & White Glazed Vase [$15.1M]
It is an old vase dating from the 18th century. Glazed in pink, blue, and white, it features the 6-character Qianlong mark. The Matsuoka Art Museum in Tokyo houses similar antiquity. The vial was sold at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong in 1987.
4 The Oliphant [$16.1 million]
The oliphant dates back to the 11th century. Believe it or not, the horn was used in battle. However, it never lost its beauty and authenticity. As an antique enthusiast, consider how it is crafted and appreciate the effort of the handmade design. The value of this horn is estimated at $16.1 million.
3 Badminton Cabinet [$28.8 million]
The badminton cabinet was created in six years by 30 artisans. The badminton cabinet was previously sold at auction to the Prince of Liechtenstein and is now on display in the Liechtenstein Museum. The 3.6m high badminton cabinet was made in the 18th century. It is adorned with polished and colored stones, including semi-precious stones. The pendulum at the top of the badminton cabinet has fleur-de-lys.
2 Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester [$30.8 million]
The Codex Leicester is a collection of scientific texts by Leonardo da Vinci. It is about thirty diaries and one of them is named after Earl of Leicester, which contains the Codex. No wonder da Vinci’s Codex Leicester is owned by Bill Gates, who bought it at auction for $30.8 million.
1 Pinner Qing dynasty vase [$80.2 million]
Here we are! The Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase is one of the most expensive antique items in the world at auction! The Qing dynasty began to rule in 1740. The Qing dynasty vase is decorated with gold, pastel yellow, and sky blue, and has 4 patterns, including fish and flowers. It is a seductive example of purity, beauty, history, and rigor. It costs $80 million.