Most Expensive Antiques Ever Sold


6. Ming Dynasty Gold Tripod Vessel: $15 Million

The Ming Dynasty period is the most famous period when it comes to Chinese artifacts. This 18-karat gold vessel dates from the Xuande period, and is decorated with natural pearls, rubies, sapphires, cabochon gems, cat’s eye chrysoberyl, and turquoise. Featuring two dragons and flaming pearls, experts believe that it may be one of the eight such vessels that survived the Ming period. Auctioned by Sotheby’s in 2008 in Hong Kong, it is the most expensive piece of Chinese metalwork ever auctioned and sold.