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The Most Expensive Antique Furniture in the World

How much would you be willing to spend for an antique piece? Did you know that the most expensive antique in the world is a vase? In 2010, the Pinner Qing Dynasty Vase sold at auction in the United Kingdom for a jaw-dropping $80.2 million making it the world’s most outrageously auctioned antique.


Two of the top ten most expensive antiques ever sold globally are furniture pieces that auctioned for millions of dollars.


Goddard-Townsend Antique Secretary Desk


The Goddard & Townsend Families handcrafted the Mahogany shelf desk and bookcase in 1760. The Quaker cabinet-maker made nine of these desks and the $12 million desk is believed to be the only one remaining of the set. The Brown family purchased the 2.8-meter-tall Chippendale-style desk in 1989, during a Christie’s auction in New York for just a bit above $11 million. It is considered the most expensive piece of American furniture ever put in auction and sold. To this day, this figure is considered the highest price paid for a piece of American antique furniture.


Badminton Cabinet


Henry Somerset-Scudamore, 3rd Duke of Beaufort, commissioned the creation of the ebony cabinet in 1726. It took six years for thirty Florentine expert craftsmen to complete the 3.6-meter-tall furniture, which was named after the Duke’s residence in Gloucestershire, the Badminton House. The Pietra Dura, Ebony, and Ormolu cabinet became known as the Badminton Cabinet, which is undoubtedly one of the greatest Florentine works of art during the time.


This piece of furniture, which is embellished with colorful semi-precious gems, set records for being most expensive antique sold twice. In 1990, Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein purchased the cabinet at an auction for $16.6 million. The prince is a noted antique collector. In 2004, the Badminton Cabinet was sold for $36 million. The antique furniture is now on display at the Liechtenstein Museum. The antique cabinet is projected to be worth $1 billion by 2064.


But, not all antique furniture can cost you your fortune. Visit the Wallrocks collection and you might just find your very own antique piece without breaking the bank.

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