The most expensive collectibles ever sold at auction


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Back in August, a record price of $48.4 million was paid for a collector car sold at public auction. The car was a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO and the sale was RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, California.

For the record, the previous record for a collector car at public auction was $38.115 million in 2014 for another 250 GTO, this one selling at Bonhams at The Quail in Carmel, California.

Image Credit: Sotheby’s.

But where, you might wonder, does that $48.4 million purchase rank among other collectibles sold at auctions? This week, published just such a list.

“The value of art often feels like an impossible thing to measure,” the art-centric website reported. “But the auction business has consistently shown us that everything has a price — and then, a few years later, often an even higher one. So what makes a work of art command millions, or even hundreds of millions?”

Here is the list of most-expensive things purchased at auction, what they sold for, where and when they sold

Image Credit: Sotheby’s.

Work of art

Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci

Auction price: $450.3 million

Auction house: Christie’s sale in New York City in November 2017

Image Credit: Wikipedia.


L’homme au doigt by Alberto Giacometti

Auction price: $141.3 million

Auction house:  Christie’s New York in May 2015

Image Credit: Phil Roeder, Des Moines Art Center, Flickr.

Work by a living artist

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) by David Hockney,

Auction price: $90.3 million

Auction house:  Christie’s New York in November 2018

Image Credit: Regan Vercruysse / Flickr.


The CTF Pink Star (59.6 carats)

Auction price: $71.2 million

Auction house: Sotheby’s Hong Kong, April 2017

Image Credit: Sotheby’s.


1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Auction price: $48.4 million

Auction house: RM Sotheby’s Monterey, August 2018

Image Credit: Sotheby’s.

Work by a female artist

Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 by Georgia O’Keeffe

Auction price: $44.4 million

Auction house: Sotheby’s New York, November 2014

Image Credit: Indianapolis Museum of Art.


Marie-Antoniette’s Pendant

Auction price: $36 million

Auction house: Sotheby’s Geneva, November 2018

Image Credit: Sotheby’s.


1794 Flowing Hair dollar

Auction price: $10 million

Auction house: Bowers, January 2013

Image Credit: Stack’s Bowers Galleries.


British Guiana One-Cent Magenta

Auction price: $9.48 million

Auction house: Sotheby’s New York, June 2014

Image Credit: Sotheby’s.

Celebrity clothing

Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Subway Dress’ from The Seven Year Itch

Auction price: $5.5 million

Auction house: Profiles in History auction at Beverly Hills, June 2011

Image Credit: Sabrinap2015 / Wikimedia.


Rhine II by Andreas Gursky

Auction price: $4.34 million

Auction house: Christie’s New York, November 2011

Image Credit: MoMA.

Space artifact

Soviet Vostok 3KA-2 Space Capsule

Auction price: $2.9 million

Auction house: Sotheby’s New York, April 2011

Image Credit: Sotheby’s.

Bottle of wine

1945 Romanee Conti

Auction price: $558,000 (two bottles of the ’45 vintage sold at the auction — one brought $558,000 and the other $496,000)

Auction house: Sotheby’s New York, October 2018 

Image Credit: Sotheby’s.

Movie poster

Dracula (1931 starring Bela Lugosi)

Auction price: $525,800

Auction house: Heritage Auctions, Texas, November 2017

Image Credit: Heritage Auctions.

Barbie doll

Stefano Canturi Barbie

Auction price: $302,000

Auction house: Christie’s New York, October 2010 (Doll was custom designed by jeweler Stefano Canturi and was wearing a 1-carat pink diamond necklace surrounded by 3 carats of white diamonds)

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