What are some of the most expensive items ever sold at auction?

What are some of the most expensive items ever sold at auction? Posted on : 1/5/2021

People all around the world are drawn to auctions. The idea of what you can get and for what price is both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. Let’s take a look at some of the most expensive items sold at auction over the past decade.

One cannot talk about auctions without mentioning Hollywood. Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery sold for a large, undisclosed amount, Marie Antoinette's pearl pendant sold for $32 million in 2018, Audrey Hepburn's personal working script from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" sold for $811,615 in 2018, and the red and black dress Kate Winslet wore in "Titanic" sold for $330,000 in 2012.

According to Darcy Schild and Zoë Ettinger (in Business Insider 2020), in 2017, a crocodile Hermès Birkin bag sold for a record price of $378,074 and a Chinese vase that reportedly spent 50 years in a European woman's country home sold at a Sotheby's auction for $9 million in 2020.

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