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On October 7, an enormous 118.28-carat D-flawless diamond nearly the size of a small chicken egg—the largest D-flawless diamond ever to appear at auction—and a 7.59-carat internally flawless vivid Premier Blue Diamond, the largest round vivid-blue diamond to be sold at an auction was auctioned by Sotheby’s.

Below we present 4 of the most expensive items to have ever appeared at auction.

Most Expensive Piece of Clothing

marilyn monroe dressItem: Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” Dress
Winning Bid: $1,267,500
Sold: 1999

When Marilyn Monroe delivered a sultry “Happy Birthday” serenade to President John F. Kennedy on May 19, 1962, the blonde bombshell wore a flesh-colored, curve-hugging, jewel-encrusted dress so tight and sheer that, according to legend, Monroe was sewn into the gown and wore nothing under it. The one-of-a-kind sheath was purchased in 1999 by the aptly named Manhattan-based collectible company Gotta Have It! after the dress was put up for auction by the widow of Monroe’s acting coach, Lee Strasberg. When asked by reporters why he would spend a fortune on a piece of fabric that originally cost $12,000, company president Robert Schargen proclaimed that he would have paid twice that: “We stole it,” he boasted.

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Most Expensive Furniture

Item: Badminton Cabinetbadminton_cabinet
Winning Bid: $36 million
Sold: 2004

When the 18th century Florentine ebony chest inlaid with amethyst quartz, agate, lapis lazuli and other stones sold for $36 million at a 2004 Christie’s auction, it broke its own record as the most expensive piece of furniture sold at auction. The Badminton Cabinet, so named because it remained in Badminton, England, for over two centuries, had set the previous record in 1990 when Christie’s sold it to billionaire Barbara Piasecka Johnson (of the Johnson & Johnson fortune) for $16.59 million. Johnson put it up for sale in 2004, when it was bought by Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein, who donated it to the Liechtenstein Museum in Austria.

[blank_spacer height=”30px” width=”1/1″ el_position=”first last”]Most Expensive White DiamondItem: 118.28-carat D-flawless diamond118 carat white diamond
Winning Bid: $30.6 million
Sold: 2013

The largest D-color flawless type IIA diamond had been estimated to sell for HK$220 million to HK$280 million. The oval 118.28 carat-diamond was mined in southern Africa in 2011.

 

 

 

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Most Expensive Painting

Item: Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and BustPicasso Nude Green Leaves and Bust
Winning Bid: $106.5 million
Sold: 2010

It took little over 8 minutes to set the record price for a piece of art sold at auction. On May 4, Christie’s sold Pablo Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, a painting created in the span of a single day in 1932, for $106.5 million dollars. The painting, which is of Picasso’s lover Marie-Therese Walter, was previously owned by a California philanthropist. The price beats the previous record for a piece of art, set this past February, of $104.3 million, for Giacometti’s sculpture “Walking Man I.” This is not nearly the first time a Picasso has sold for a record price, however. In 2004, the painting Boy with a Pipe (The Young Apprentice), sold for a then astounding $104.1 million.