Most Impressive Items Ever Auctioned by Christie’s

Some of the most impressive items ever auctioned where at Christie’s, one of the best auction houses in the world. Anything can be auctioned and prices may be astronomic. From chairs, to diamonds, sculptors, the best art pieces you will find. Meet today the most impressive items ever auctioned by Christie’s.

Alberto Giacometti: “L’homme au doigt (Pointing Man)”, 1947
$141.3 million  Christie’s New York
This spectacular bronze broke the record for the most expensive sculpture ever auctioned. At the same sale, Picasso’s “Les Femmes d’Alger (Version “O”)” sold for $179.4 million, becoming the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.

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Constantini Brancusi: “Bird in space”, 1922-23
$27.5 million Christie’s NY
Brancusi is arguably the most important sculptor of the 20th century and his ‘Birds in space’ rank among his most iconic works. This stylized piece surpassed the previous auction record for a sculpture -also held by Brancusi- in almost $10 million.

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Jeff Koons:“Balloon Dog (Orange)”, 1994-2000
$58.4 million – Christie’s New York
Not only a record for the artist, but also a world auction record for a work by a living artist

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Badminton Cabinet

$36 Million Christie’s

Deemed as the most expensive furniture sold at an auction, the Badminton Cabinet is essentially a Florentine Ebony Cabinet Chest dating back to the year 1732, which was sold by Christie’s in the year 2004 for a whopping $36 million. Besides the exotic wood construction, the Badminton Cabinet is also adorned with some of the most precious stones including, amethyst, quartz, chalcedony, jasper, lapis lazuli,agate, etc.

The entire expensive cabinet stands at 12 feet in height and carries some eight legs to support its weight. The Ebony Cabinet Chest received its nickname, ‘Badminton Court’ due to the fact that this expensive furniture was residing in the village of Badminton in England for nearly two centuries.

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Dragon Armchair

$29 Million Christie’s

Designed and crafted by Irish designer Eileen Gray, the ‘Dragon’ Armchair is by far one of the most exquisite pieces of luxury vintage furniture. The Dragon Armchair is adorned with the sculptures of dragons on its arms and the chair measures 24 inches in height.

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Wittelsbach Diamond

 $23.4 Million Christie’s

Also known as the ‘Der Blaue Wittelsbacher’, the Wittelsbach Diamond is known to be the most expensive diamond sold at an auction. Weighing at an astounding 35.36 carats, the Wittelsbach Diamond was originally discovered in the Golkonda region of India in the 17th century.

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Jeff Koons: “Tulips”, 1995-2004
$33.7 million Christie’s NY, November 14th 2012
“Tulips” is one of five unique versions, the others belonging to famous institutions like the Guggenheim Bilbao or the Broad Contemporary Art Museum

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Diamond Barbie

$302,500 Christie’s

Crafted by the famed jeweler Stefano Canturi, a Diamond Barbie, which is also known to be one of the rarest Barbie collection by Stefano went for a staggering $302,500 at a Christie’s. The most expensive Barbie doll features a 1,000 carat pink diamond, while Mr. Canturi even designed the doll’s black strapless dress, stilettos, hair etc.

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