Most Valuable Antiques All Time

From a single Chinese vase worth more than $80 million to a pocket watch worth millions every time it is sold, there are a number of rare antiques and collectibles that have sold for nearly unbelievable sums. Read on to discover five of the most valuable antiques of all time.

#1 Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase: $80.2 Million

This beautiful Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase is unique for many reasons, but chief among them? It may claim the title of the world’s most costly antique. Dating back to the 17th century, the vase has a long history and remains in stunning condition. The antique was previously placed on exhibit in 2010 by a family in the UK, leading to its sale at auction for an astounding $80.2 million. The purchasers made their own part of antique history with their pricy acquisition.

#2 Ru Guanyao Brush Washer Bowl: $37.68 Million

How much would you pay for a small dish, only a little over five inches wide? Some collectors would pay millions, as in the case of the Ru Guanyao Brush Washer Bowl. This tiny antique carries a great deal of history, earning it the label “highly important and extremely rare” during its prior auction. The infamous Sotheby’s oversaw its sale for a shocking $37.68 million. The little bowl truly shows how great value can come in small packages!

#3 Record-Breaking Persian Rug: $33.76 Million

Everyone knows the value of a fine Persian rug, but the greatest specimens fetch more than you might expect. A Persian rug that Sotheby’s listed as a “sickle-leaf, vine scroll and palmette ‘vase’-technique carpet” smashed all expectations and all appraisals for its value, about $5-7 million, to end up going for an unprecedented $33.76 million. This sale demonstrated how the value of antiques might surprise you!

#4 Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester: $30.8 Million

It’s not that surprising one of the most valuable antiques in the world would be a former possession of a still-remembered Renaissance genius, Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester is a lifetime achievement for the artist and engineer, a written record of his observations and scientific theories. This antique may be one of the most historically important and unique objects ever put up for auction. The Codex went for $30.8 million to an equally famous owner: Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.

#5 Patek Philippe Supercomplication Pocket Watch: $24 Million

The Patek Philippe Supercomplication pocket watch has the distinction of selling for millions of dollars multiple times. Despite only being made in 1932 by the famed Swiss luxury watch maker Patel Philippe, this watch went for a wow-worthy $11 million. Its value kept skyrocketing, going to $24 million only a short while later, in 2014. This watch made its claim to fame in no time at all!

Final Thoughts

These are some of the most expensive antiques to have sold on the market, and they are certainly some of the rarest. However, it is possible that you may have valuable antiques without realizing it. If you have any items that you are unaware of the value of, do not hesitate to contact an appraiser to see what market value they may have.

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