Antique collectors and other types of enthusiasts are often found at auctions. Auctions tend to hold the more valuable and desirable items, such as paintings, jewelry, automobiles, artifacts, and other precious artifacts.
The most expensive item ever sold at auction is difficult to pinpoint due to the volume of items sold at auction on a daily basis. Nevertheless, there are some items recorded that sold for outrageous amounts of money. To some people, a value cannot be placed on the works of art or items that they have bid on.
Highest Listed Items Sold at Auction
- Perhaps the most expensive item ever noted for sale at auction on eBay was a gigayacht. The 405ft boat was designed by a naval architect. It has 14 levels, a helicopter garage and sold for $168 million.
- “Nude Green Leaves and Bust” is a painting by Pablo Picasso. Sold for $106.5 million, the painting was created in 1932 in a single day’s time. This is just one of the many paintings sold at auction by the late Pablo Picasso. His last record auction sale was for the painting “Boy with a Pipe,” which sold for over $104 million.
- A sculpture by Albert Giacometti called “L’Homme Qui March I” was sold at auction for $103.7 million. The bronze sculpture was created in 1961 and is known as the most expensive sculpture ever sold.
- Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Hammer is a 72 page journal created by the Renaissance man himself. Complete with Leonardo’s thoughts and sketches, the journal was sold to Bill Gates for $30.8 million. Gates later released a printed version of the Codex Hammer to the public.
- The most expensive diamond ever sold went for a whopping $46 million to a British billionaire. The jeweler purchased the Graff Pink Diamond ring, which weighs 24.78 carats at an auction in Geneva.
- An 18th century Badminton cabinet from England sold at auction for $36 million in 2004 at Christie’s auction. This is the most expensive auction sale for furniture ever recorded. The detailed cabinet was sold to Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein who donated it to the local museum in Austria.
- When actress Marilyn Monroe sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy, she wore the most stunning nude colored dress. The dress retailed for $12,000 when it was purchased, but sold for almost $1.3 million at an auction in 1999 to a company based out of New York. This dress is the most expensive clothing articles to ever be sold at auction.
Surprisingly enough, items with million dollar+ price tags are auctioned off every month across the world!