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Which antiques and collectibles are the most expensive ever sold at auction?

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In recent decades, various artists, furniture makers and even scientists have left beautiful pieces behind. Antiques come in many forms and prices. The various objects increase in value and become more sought-after. Not only for museums, but also for personal collections, as an investment or for reselling.

Discover some of the most valuable collectibles ever sold at auction.

1. A Persian carpet

Persian carpet

Rare and in good condition. That is why this carpet broke records. The value of the carpet was estimated at $5 to $7 million and was finally sold in 2013 for way more: $33.76 million. It was one of the most important rugs in the William Andrews Clark estate.

2. This beautiful Ru Guanyao Brush Washer Bowl

Ruguanyao brush washer bowl

The Ru Guanyao pottery is known for its intense blue-green glaze and ‘ice crackle’ pattern and is very rare. The bowl was eventually sold after only 20 minutes of bidding for $37.68 million.

3. Movie poster of the original Dracula

Dracula movie posters

This is the original poster of the American horror film. This poster from 1931 is one of two copies that have survived to this day. On the poster you can recognise actor Béla Lugosi, he played the lead role in this surely successful film. The poster was sold in 2017 for $525,800.

4. Patek Philippe Supercomplication Pocket Watch

Patek Philippe supercomplication watch

This pocket watch was made in 1932 by Patek Philippe. It is one of the most complicated pocket watches ever made. The design took no less than 3 years, and add an extra 5 years to effectively make the watch. The pocket watch was successfully sold in 2014 for $24 million.

5. Elizabeth Taylor’s La Peregrina Pearl Necklace by Cartier

La Peregrina Pearl necklace

This beautiful necklace is unique for several reasons. It was made by Cartier, the brand known for making beautiful, desirable jewelry. In addition, the necklace was made for actress Elizabeth Taylor to hold another very special gift: the beautiful La Peregrina Pearl. It was a gift from actor Richard Burton in 1969. The combination of Cartier, La Peregrina and Elizabeth Taylor make this piece very valuable. The necklace was sold at auction for $11,842,500.

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6. World Record Antique Doll

Theriaults Rochard Doll Auction

In January 2018, Theriault’s Auction House broke a world record, selling a French doll. The record-setting antique doll was created by Antoine Edmund Rochard and sold for $333,500. The doll spends her days in the Barry Art Museum of Norfolk, Virginia. This Rochard example “symbolizes the golden age of French dolls.” The doll was decorated with a painted necklace. Hidden inside 24 of the tiny jewels are micro-photographs depicting historic scenes in France, such as Fontainebleau, the Louvre, and the Hotel de Ville of Paris, among others.  It’s all in the details.

7. Robby the Robot Movie Prop

Robby The Robot movie prop

Robby the Robot, a remarkable 2 feet film prop that is best known for the classic science fiction film Forbidden Planet. The robot became a cultural icon and was featured in many other films and series after Forbidden Planet. He was sold in 2017 for $ 5.357 million along with his futuristic Jeep.

8. Honus Wagner Baseball Card

Honus Wagner Baseball Card

The Honus Wagner Baseball card is the most valuable card of the early 20th century. Johannes Peter Honus Wagner was an American baseball shortstop, he is considered one of the best players ever. These exemplars are extremely rare and valuable. This one was sold in 2016 for $3.12 million.

9. Chippendale-Style Kentucky Desk

Chippendale Style Kentucky Desk

In late 2017, an antique desk made in Kentucky was the focus of the auction. The elaborately carved Chippendale-style desk, made of walnut, was built for Captain John Cowan by an unknown maker. John Cowan was one of the first settlers of Kentucky. The piece sold for $498,750: the highest price ever paid at auction for a piece of furniture from Kentucky and the second highest price for a piece of furniture from the South.

10. Carved Decoys by Important Makers

Carved decoy Thomas Carver

This creation by Thomas Chambers was sold for $270,000. Thomas Chambers was born in Toronto, Ontario and was one of Canada’s most skilled wood carvers. His decoys were very popular.

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