By definition, an antique refers to a piece of art, furniture or a collectable item whose value is premised on the vintage trait. Age, however, is not the only consideration during the valuation of antiques. The attractiveness, scarcity, physical condition, use and sentimental value are also weighted in the valuation inspection. Antiques may be found at auctions or in antique shops like Serendipity
The following is a list of the most expensive antiques in the world from the most expensive to the least.
The Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase, Valued at $80.2 Million
The vase is almost oval and, for the most part, is decorated with gold coating and stylistic drawings of fish and flowers in pastel yellow and sky-blue colours.
It has a royal seal which makes historians believe the vase was made for use between 1736 and 1795 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong - one of China's greatest rulers, and who was also a great art collector.
The vase had initially and mistakenly been valued as a replica design but upon reappraisal, its value rose from $1000 to $1 million.
From a recorded history of 18 similar vases, only one vase remains. However, there are no records to show how this piece of art arrived in London from China.
In 2010, the vase was valued at $80.2 million following competitive bidding during an auction sale in the United Kingdom. The original consigner was paid $29 million from the proceeds of the sale. The value of the vase was placed at $80.2 million based on the antique’s beauty, purity, history and rarity.
The Badminton Cabinet, Valued at $36 Million
This is a 12-foot tall badminton cabinet made in Florence at the time of the Medici dynasty.
The cabinet is adorned with precious stones such as lapis lazuli, amethyst, ebony and other semi-precious ornaments
and has a clock with fleurs-de-lis stylistic numbers.
The cabinet, which took a whole 6 years to complete, was made by a team of 30 craftsmen and is even now considered a premium piece of French furniture.
This cabinet was twice recognized as the most expensive sale of furniture. First in 1990 at an exchange value of $16.6 million and a higher value of $36 million 14 years later.
Currently, The Badminton Cabinet is owned by Lichtenstein Museum who have put it on public display.
The Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci, Valued at $30.8 Million
This is a document with a collection of writings by Leonardo da Vinci and also named after the buyer, the Earl of Leicester, who bought the manuscript in 1719. The writings in this document are considered Leonardo da Vinci’s most celebrated work.
The codex contains Leonardo da Vinci’s research work and theories on study of the space, earth’s geography and other science topics presented in form of sketches and musings. Additionally, all research topics bear da Vinci’s signature as a true mark of authenticity.
Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester was bought in 1994 by Bill gates during a Christie’s auction.
The Olyphant Battle Horn, Valued at $16.1 Million
This is a battle horn made from the tusk of an elephant. It has elaborate imprints of prey animals like rabbits, ducks and deer. The Olyphant Battle Horn has a value from its traditionally-curved ivory
and the detailed decorations on the exterior.
This antique is very uncommon with only 6 similar horns existing worldwide.
It was last exchanged in a private auction in Scandinavia at sale value of $16.1 million.
The White Porcelain Moonflask in Pink and Blue Enamel, Valued at $15.1 Million
The White Porcelain Moonflask in Pink and Blue Enamel was made in the 18th century but has retained very rare design features that date back to the 15th-century.
The flask has an enamel coat of blue and white colours with a very distinct Qianlong 6 character imprint. The handles of the flask resemble the dragon scroll design and the mouth is plated with a ruyi band.
In 2010, the sale value of the White Porcelain Moonflask was $15.1 million after an auction sale in Hong Kong.