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10 Most Expensive Artifacts in the World

Great art is a priceless treasure but how much would you be willing to pay for it? Here's a list of the most expensive artifacts in the world.

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Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase

Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase

In China, the Qianlong Vase is made of porcelain and is considered a classical piece as it was crafted in the 18th century. It was sold for a hefty 53 million dollar. Eventually, the vase was resold privately for $80.2 million.

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The Badminton cabinet

The Badminton cabinet

The Badminton cabinet is a monumental piece of 18th-century furniture that twice set the record for most expensive piece of furniture ever sold. The Badminton Cabinet, or Badminton Chest, was commissioned in 1726 by Henry Somerset, 3rd Duke of Beaufort, at the age of 19. Sold at 36 million dollars.

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Codex Leicester

Codex Leicester

The Codex Leicester is a collection of famous scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. The Codex is named after Thomas Coke, later created Earl of Leicester, who purchased it in 1719. The Codex was sold in 1994 to Bill Gates for 30.8 million dollars, who then scanned each page and made the digital images available online.

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The Dragon Armchair

The Dragon Armchair

The unique and remarkable 'Dragons' armchair was acquired from Miss Gray by Suzanne Talbot, the first patron to provide her with an opportunity to create a complete environment. The exotic, symbolist character of the piece situates it conceptually within the first phase of Miss Gray's creative cycle. Sold for 28 million dollars.

5

Artemis and the Stag

Artemis and the Stag

Artemis and the Stag is an early Roman Imperial or Hellenistic bronze sculpture of the ancient Greek goddess Artemis. It was sold at the time for 28.6 million dollar to be the most expensive statue ever sold.

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Blauer Wittelsbacher

Blauer Wittelsbacher

It was owned by a series of different people of royal lineage, though it was mainly a free cameo found in the Indian lands in 1600s .King Philippe IV of Spain bought it in 1664 and gifted it to his wife. It's a blue diamond that was sold for 23.4 million dollar

7

Olyphant Battle Horn

Olyphant Battle Horn

This fully functioning battle horn is made from an elephant’s tusk and intricately carved with motifs of animals of the hunt, including rabbits, ducks, and deer sold for 16.1 million dollars!

8

Pink Enameled Blue And White Porcelain Moonflask

Pink Enameled Blue And White Porcelain Moonflask

The Qianlong six-character mark allows experts to date the piece to the 16th century Qianlong Dynasty period. The flask is considered a moon flask because of its rounded body. It features a flaming pearl and two phoenixes. Sold for 16 million dollars.

9

Ming Dynasty Gold Tripod Vessel

Ming Dynasty Gold Tripod Vessel

An extremely rare embellished gold tripod vessel and cover from the Ming Dynasty period became one of the world's most valuable antiques in 2008 when it sold for 15 million dollars.

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Princess Katharina Henckel Emerald and Diamond Tiara

Princess Katharina Henckel Emerald and Diamond Tiara

A Magnificent and Rare Emerald and Diamond Tiara, formerly in the Collection of Princess Katharina Henckel Von Donnersmarck, circa 1900. Formed as a crown of foliate and floral inspiration, the base set with a central row of eleven larger cushion-shaped diamonds. The crown fetched a whooping 12.1 million dollars at Sotheby’s Geneva.