Most Expensive Antiques Ever Sold


5. Moonflask in Pink and Blue Enamel with White Porcelain: $16.5 Million

Dating from the Qianlong Dynasty period, as it shows the Qianlong six character mark, this lovely moonflask was crafted sometime between 1736 and 1795, although its shape is characteristic to the 19th century style. With a remarkable combination of colors and porcelain, it features two phoenix birds and a flaming pearl, all skillfully portrayed in pink enamel. There is an identical moonflask in the Matsuoka Art Museum in Tokyo, and the two are believed to have initially been a pair. The moonflask in pink and blue enamel with white porcelain was sold during a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong in 2010 to an undisclosed buyer.