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Top 100 highlights of the 2021 auction year

Top 100 highlights of the 2021...
Our annual highlights of the auction year reached a crescendo in this post-2021 coverage - the most explosive growth, the most ridiculous lots, and dozens of examples of the most expensive items in history ... not to mention the most bizarre lots we've yet seen. The most intriguing of them all was the sale by tender of (most of) the cars from the 2015 movie, “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
Our annual highlights of the auction year reached a crescendo in this post-2021 coverage - the most explosive growth, the most ridiculous lots, and dozens of examples of the most expensive items in history ... not to mention the most bizarre lots we've yet seen. The most intriguing of them all was the sale by tender of (most of) the cars from the 2015 movie, “Mad Max: Fury Road.”
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"The Auction" (1958) by Laurence Stephen Lowry, sold for £2,556,000 ($3,418,650) at Sotheby’s on 23 November 2021
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"The Auction" (1958) by Laurence Stephen Lowry, sold for £2,556,000 ($3,418,650) at Sotheby’s on 23 November 2021

This six litre bottle of The Setting Wines 2019 Glass Slipper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $1,000,000 during the 19th annual fundraising weekend of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation in New Orleans (5-6 November 2021)
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This six litre bottle of The Setting Wines 2019 Glass Slipper Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon sold for $1,000,000 during the 19th annual fundraising weekend of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation in New Orleans (5-6 November 2021)
The most expensive astrolabe of 2021 was made around 1336-37 AD by a previously unknown craftsman. The quality, however, was first class and it sold for £741,000 ($1,019,838) at Sotheby’s on 31 March 2021
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The most expensive astrolabe of 2021 was made around 1336-37 AD by a previously unknown craftsman. The quality, however, was first class and it sold for £741,000 ($1,019,838) at Sotheby’s on 31 March 2021
This 1927 Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix sold for $1,000,000 at RM Sotheby's on 13 August 2021 even though its price guidelines of $2,500,000 to $3,500,000 were more indicative of the value of the 95-year-old Grand Prix car which swept all before it in its day.
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This 1927 Delage 15-S-8 Grand Prix sold for $1,000,000 at RM Sotheby's on 13 August 2021 even though its price guidelines of $2,500,000 to $3,500,000 were more indicative of the value of the 95-year-old Grand Prix car which swept all before it in its day.
This copy of Plato's "Opera" sold for $1,026,000 at Christie's on 23 April 2021
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This copy of Plato's "Opera" sold for $1,026,000 at Christie's on 23 April 2021
This copy of "The North American Indian" (1907-1930) by Edward S. Curtis sold for $1,080,000 at Santa Fe Art Auction on 6 November 2021
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This copy of "The North American Indian" (1907-1930) by Edward S. Curtis sold for $1,080,000 at Santa Fe Art Auction on 6 November 2021
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Notorious Chicago Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone once referred to this Colt Model 1911 .45 as his “sweetheart”. As his personal protection weapon it sold for $1,040,600 at Witherells on 8 October 2021
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Notorious Chicago Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone once referred to this Colt Model 1911 .45 as his “sweetheart”. As his personal protection weapon it sold for $1,040,600 at Witherells on 8 October 2021
This Microscope D'epoque Louis XV sold for €1,016,000 ($1,143,000) at Christie's on 23 November 2021
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This Microscope D'epoque Louis XV sold for €1,016,000 ($1,143,000) at Christie's on 23 November 2021
"Untitled (Campbell's Soup Can)" by Andy Warhol was 320 x 200 pixel digital artwork created on a Commodore Amiga in the mid-1980s and recovered from floppy disks in 2014. The artwork was “upscaled” to 6000 x 4500 pixels and sold for $1,170,000 at Christie's on 27 May 2021
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"Untitled (Campbell's Soup Can)" by Andy Warhol was 320 x 200 pixel digital artwork created on a Commodore Amiga in the mid-1980s and recovered from floppy disks in 2014. The artwork was “upscaled” to 6000 x 4500 pixels and sold for $1,170,000 at Christie's on 27 May 2021
This first edition of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" sold for $1,170,000 at Christie's on 14 September 2021, breaking the auction record for a printed work by a woman that had been set by Bonhams in 2008, when a first edition of Jane Austen’s 1816 novel “Emma" sold for £180,000.
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This first edition of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" sold for $1,170,000 at Christie's on 14 September 2021, breaking the auction record for a printed work by a woman that had been set by Bonhams in 2008, when a first edition of Jane Austen’s 1816 novel “Emma" sold for £180,000.
Two of the signature Bicorne beaverskin hats worn by Emperor Napoleon I went to auction in 2021, no doubt because it was the 200th anniversary of his death. The more expensive of the two was worn during the Winter campaign of 1806-1807 and sold for €1,222,500 ($1,432,770) at Sotheby's on 22 September 2021
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Two of the signature Bicorne beaverskin hats worn by Emperor Napoleon I went to auction in 2021, no doubt because it was the 200th anniversary of his death. The more expensive of the two was worn during the Winter campaign of 1806-1807 and sold for €1,222,500 ($1,432,770) at Sotheby's on 22 September 2021
Charles Minard’s Flow Map of Napoleon’s Russian Campaign of 1812
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Charles Minard’s Flow Map of Napoleon’s Russian Campaign of 1812
Napoleon wore this hat during his epic march on Moscow in 1812, which was captured perfectly by Charles Minard’s Flow Map of the Russian Campaign - one of the most ingenious information graphics in history. We have a full-sized copy of the map here and it is well worth a look - the width of the columns running to and from Moscow is a representation of the size of his army. The painting is by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier and portrays Napoleon returning from Soissons after the battle of Laon in 1814.
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Napoleon wore this hat during his epic march on Moscow in 1812, which was captured perfectly by Charles Minard’s Flow Map of the Russian Campaign - one of the most ingenious information graphics in history. We have a full-sized copy of the map here and it is well worth a look - the width of the columns running to and from Moscow is a representation of the size of his army. The painting is by Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier and portrays Napoleon returning from Soissons after the battle of Laon in 1814.
This Pink Gold 1948 Patek Philippe World Time pocket watch is one of only four known. It sold for CHF 1,170,000 ($1,299,856) at Christie's on 10 May 2021
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This Pink Gold 1948 Patek Philippe World Time pocket watch is one of only four known. It sold for CHF 1,170,000 ($1,299,856) at Christie's on 10 May 2021
The Leica MP is among the rarest Leica models of all time. This Leica MP black paint no.55 is one of just 412 units made and sold for €1,200,000 ($1,354,320) at Leitz Photographica on 20 November 2021
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The Leica MP is among the rarest Leica models of all time. This Leica MP black paint no.55 is one of just 412 units made and sold for €1,200,000 ($1,354,320) at Leitz Photographica on 20 November 2021
This Super Mario 64 (Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed) N64 Nintendo 1996 sold for $1,560,000 at Heritage Auctions on 11 July 2021, becoming the most expensive video game in the world.
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This Super Mario 64 (Wata 9.8 A++ Sealed) N64 Nintendo 1996 sold for $1,560,000 at Heritage Auctions on 11 July 2021, becoming the most expensive video game in the world.

2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package sold for $1,600,000 at RM-Sotheby's on 14 August 2021
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2012 Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package sold for $1,600,000 at RM-Sotheby's on 14 August 2021
This Japanese Hishi Oban (10 Ryo) was the world's largest gold coin when it was minted circa 1588, measuring 145.63 x 85.17 mm and weighing in at 165.83 grams. It sold for $1,920,000 at Stack's Bowers on 6 April 2021
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This Japanese Hishi Oban (10 Ryo) was the world's largest gold coin when it was minted circa 1588, measuring 145.63 x 85.17 mm and weighing in at 165.83 grams. It sold for $1,920,000 at Stack's Bowers on 6 April 2021

This 1953 Rolex Deep Sea Special №1 is one of seven made, one of which went to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, 10 kilometers below sea level, on the outside of the deep-diving research bathyscaphe “Trieste” and continued to function flawlessly.It sold for CHF 1,890,000 ($2,068,513) at Christie's on 8 November 2021
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This 1953 Rolex Deep Sea Special №1 is one of seven made, one of which went to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, 10 kilometers below sea level, on the outside of the deep-diving research bathyscaphe “Trieste” and continued to function flawlessly.It sold for CHF 1,890,000 ($2,068,513) at Christie's on 8 November 2021
The muscular side profile of the 1953 Rolex Deep Sea Special №1 gives a hint of why it was able to submerge 10,915 metres (35,810 ft) and continue to work flawlessly. At that depth, it experienced a pressure of 1,150 atm or 1,150 kgs per cm2.
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The muscular side profile of the 1953 Rolex Deep Sea Special №1 gives a hint of why it was able to submerge 10,915 metres (35,810 ft) and continue to work flawlessly. At that depth, it experienced a pressure of 1,150 atm or 1,150 kgs per cm2.
This autograph manuscript of revisions to the first edition of Isaac Newton's "Principia Mathematica" sold for £1,702,500 ($2,344,513) at Christie's on 8 July 2021
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This autograph manuscript of revisions to the first edition of Isaac Newton's "Principia Mathematica" sold for £1,702,500 ($2,344,513) at Christie's on 8 July 2021

"Machine Hallucinations – Space: Metaverse" (2021) by Refik Anadol sold for HK$18,325,000 ($2,353,113) at Sotheby's on 4 October 2021
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"Machine Hallucinations – Space: Metaverse" (2021) by Refik Anadol sold for HK$18,325,000 ($2,353,113) at Sotheby's on 4 October 2021
The 1979 Porsche 928 that was driven by Tom Cruise in the movie "Risky Business", sold for $1,980,000 at Barrett-Jackson on 18 September 2021
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The 1979 Porsche 928 that was driven by Tom Cruise in the movie "Risky Business", sold for $1,980,000 at Barrett-Jackson on 18 September 2021

This 400-year-old Elephant Automaton Clock sold for $2,610,000 ($2,610,000) at Christie's on 13 October 2021
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This 400-year-old Elephant Automaton Clock sold for $2,610,000 ($2,610,000) at Christie's on 13 October 2021
Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sold for 1630.5825601 ETH ($2,915,835.47) as an NFT at Valuables on 7 March, with Dorsey immediately donating the money to charity
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Jack Dorsey’s first tweet sold for 1630.5825601 ETH ($2,915,835.47) as an NFT at Valuables on 7 March, with Dorsey immediately donating the money to charity

This "Dune" Storyboard movie investment document from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s stillborn movie sold for €2,660,000 ($3,002,076) at Christie's on 22 November 2021
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This "Dune" Storyboard movie investment document from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s stillborn movie sold for €2,660,000 ($3,002,076) at Christie's on 22 November 2021

This magnificent Napoleon Presentation Garniture of Six Arms by Nicolas-Noel Boutet is among the most significant set of arms from the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars in private hands. It was sold for $2,875,000 at Rock Island Auctions on 3 December 2021
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This magnificent Napoleon Presentation Garniture of Six Arms by Nicolas-Noel Boutet is among the most significant set of arms from the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars in private hands. It was sold for $2,875,000 at Rock Island Auctions on 3 December 2021
This copy of Action Comics #1 (June, 1938) - the first appearance of "Superman" - sold for $3,250,000 at ComicConnect.com on 4 April 2021 to become the world's most expensive comic book ... for a few months
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This copy of Action Comics #1 (June, 1938) - the first appearance of "Superman" - sold for $3,250,000 at ComicConnect.com on 4 April 2021 to become the world's most expensive comic book ... for a few months

"The Auction" (1958) by Laurence Stephen Lowry, sold for £2,556,000 ($3,418,650) at Sotheby’s on 23 November 2021
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"The Auction" (1958) by Laurence Stephen Lowry, sold for £2,556,000 ($3,418,650) at Sotheby’s on 23 November 2021

This copy of "Amazing Fantasy #15" (Marvel, 1962) was the first appearance of Spider-Man. It sold for $3,600,000 at Heritage Auctions on 9 September 2021, deposing Action Comics #1 as the world's most valuable comic for the first time in history.
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This copy of "Amazing Fantasy #15" (Marvel, 1962) was the first appearance of Spider-Man. It sold for $3,600,000 at Heritage Auctions on 9 September 2021, deposing Action Comics #1 as the world's most valuable comic for the first time in history.
This 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card sold for $3,750,000 at Heritage Auctions on 27 May 2021, becoming the world’s most expensive Hockey Trading Card
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This 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card sold for $3,750,000 at Heritage Auctions on 27 May 2021, becoming the world’s most expensive Hockey Trading Card
This elaborate 15th Century shirt of chain mail and plate armour from the Janissary Arsenal in Istanbul sold for $2,300,000 at Rock Island Auctions on 5 December 2021
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This elaborate 15th Century shirt of chain mail and plate armour from the Janissary Arsenal in Istanbul sold for $2,300,000 at Rock Island Auctions on 5 December 2021
NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden sold his first NFT this year, creating a mosaic from the paperwork of the 2015 Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision which ruled illegal the NSA mass surveillance Snowden first exposed. Entitled “Stay Free” the NFT sold for 2,224 ETH ($5,500,000) on foundation.app and Snowden donated the entire amount to the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
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NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden sold his first NFT this year, creating a mosaic from the paperwork of the 2015 Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision which ruled illegal the NSA mass surveillance Snowden first exposed. Entitled “Stay Free” the NFT sold for 2,224 ETH ($5,500,000) on foundation.app and Snowden donated the entire amount to the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee turned the original Source Code for the World Wide Web into an NFT and sold it for $5,434,500 at Sotheby's on 30 June 2021
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Sir Tim Berners-Lee turned the original Source Code for the World Wide Web into an NFT and sold it for $5,434,500 at Sotheby's on 30 June 2021
This splendid Chinese Quarter Striking Musical Table Clock with automaton waterfalls, spinning flowers and acrobat was made between 230 and 300 years ago. It sold for HK$35,000,000 ($5,489,050) at Poly Auction in Beijing on 5 December 2021
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This splendid Chinese Quarter Striking Musical Table Clock with automaton waterfalls, spinning flowers and acrobat was made between 230 and 300 years ago. It sold for HK$35,000,000 ($5,489,050) at Poly Auction in Beijing on 5 December 2021
This Imperial Lianzhu-Style Qin sold for RMB 38,000,000 ($5,959,540) at Polyauction Beijing on 5 December 2021. The image shows the front and back of the same Qinglong Period, Qing Dynasty (1745) instrument.
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This Imperial Lianzhu-Style Qin sold for RMB 38,000,000 ($5,959,540) at Polyauction Beijing on 5 December 2021. The image shows the front and back of the same Qinglong Period, Qing Dynasty (1745) instrument.

The Colt Single Action Army Revolver that Pat Garrett used to kill “Billy The Kid” sold for $6,030,312 at Bonhams on 27 August 2021
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The Colt Single Action Army Revolver that Pat Garrett used to kill “Billy The Kid” sold for $6,030,312 at Bonhams on 27 August 2021
This 2021 Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1A-018 “Tiffany Blue” sold for $6,503,500 at Phillips on 12 December 2021
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This 2021 Patek Philippe Ref. 5711/1A-018 “Tiffany Blue” sold for $6,503,500 at Phillips on 12 December 2021
The 2010 McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 Formula 1 car that was driven to victory in the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix sold for £4,730,000 ($6,511,791) at an RM-Sotheby's single-car auction on 17 July 2021.
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The 2010 McLaren-Mercedes MP4-25 Formula 1 car that was driven to victory in the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix sold for £4,730,000 ($6,511,791) at an RM-Sotheby's single-car auction on 17 July 2021.
This 1909-1911 T206 Honus Wagner Baseball Card sold for $6,606,296 at Robert Edwards Auctions on 15 August 2021, becoming the most valuable baseball card in history (again)
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This 1909-1911 T206 Honus Wagner Baseball Card sold for $6,606,296 at Robert Edwards Auctions on 15 August 2021, becoming the most valuable baseball card in history (again)
The PWCC Trading Card Marketplace tracks the prices of a selected group of cards to produce the PWC 100, PWC 500 and PWC 2500 Vintage Trading Card Indices.
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The PWCC Trading Card Marketplace tracks the prices of a selected group of cards to produce the PWC 100, PWC 500 and PWC 2500 Vintage Trading Card Indices.
The world's largest known Triceratops skeleton sold for €6,651,100 ($7,494,459) at Binoche et Giquello on 26 October 2021
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The world's largest known Triceratops skeleton sold for €6,651,100 ($7,494,459) at Binoche et Giquello on 26 October 2021

This 1953 Patek Philippe Two-Crown Worldtime Ref. 2523 with Eurasia dial sold for CHF 7,048,000 ($7,828,502) at Phillips on 8 May 2021
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This 1953 Patek Philippe Two-Crown Worldtime Ref. 2523 with Eurasia dial sold for CHF 7,048,000 ($7,828,502) at Phillips on 8 May 2021

The British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta postage stamp sold for $8,307,000 at Sotheby's on 8 June 2021
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The British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta postage stamp sold for $8,307,000 at Sotheby's on 8 June 2021
The winner of the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, this Matra MS670 sports car sold for €6,907,200 ($8,321,795) at Artcurial on 5 February 2021
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The winner of the 1972 24 Hours of Le Mans, this Matra MS670 sports car sold for €6,907,200 ($8,321,795) at Artcurial on 5 February 2021
This 17th-Century Chinese Imperial "Huanghuali" Camping Chair sold for HK$65,975,000 ($8,502,370) at Christie's on 28 May 2021
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This 17th-Century Chinese Imperial "Huanghuali" Camping Chair sold for HK$65,975,000 ($8,502,370) at Christie's on 28 May 2021

This 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato sold for $9,520,000 at RM Sotheby's on 12 August 2021
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This 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato sold for $9,520,000 at RM Sotheby's on 12 August 2021

The 1787 DBLN New York-Style Brasher Doubloon has been the subject of several feature movies and has retained its mystique for hundreds of years. It sold for $9,360,000 at Heritage Auctions on 21 January 2021
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The 1787 DBLN New York-Style Brasher Doubloon has been the subject of several feature movies and has retained its mystique for hundreds of years. It sold for $9,360,000 at Heritage Auctions on 21 January 2021
This pink gold 1948 Patek Philippe Reference 1518 sold for $9,570,900 ($9,570,900) at Sotheby's on 9 December 2021
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This pink gold 1948 Patek Philippe Reference 1518 sold for $9,570,900 ($9,570,900) at Sotheby's on 9 December 2021
This 2021 Patek Philippe Complicated desk clock Ref. 27001M-001, sold for CHF 9,500,000 ($10,416,667) at Christie's "Only Watch" Charity auction on 6 November 2021
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This 2021 Patek Philippe Complicated desk clock Ref. 27001M-001, sold for CHF 9,500,000 ($10,416,667) at Christie's "Only Watch" Charity auction on 6 November 2021
This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California LWB sold for $10,840,000 at Gooding & Co on 13 August 2021
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This 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California LWB sold for $10,840,000 at Gooding & Co on 13 August 2021
Leonardo da Vinci's "Head of a Bear" sold for £8,857,500 ($12,197,663) at Christie's on 8 July 2021. Please note that the image at left above is a blow up of the sketch - it is only 2 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches (7 x 7 cm) in size. The right side of the image showing the human and the framed sketch, is in per
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Leonardo da Vinci's "Head of a Bear" sold for £8,857,500 ($12,197,663) at Christie's on 8 July 2021. Please note that the image at left above is a blow up of the sketch - it is only 2 ¾ x 2 ¾ inches (7 x 7 cm) in size. The right side of the image showing the human and the framed sketch, is in perspective.

A rare surviving autograph scientific manuscript from Albert Einstein and Michele Besso sold for €13,383,000 ($15,055,875) at Christie's on 23 November 2021
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A rare surviving autograph scientific manuscript from Albert Einstein and Michele Besso sold for €13,383,000 ($15,055,875) at Christie's on 23 November 2021

The 1933 Double Eagle sold for $18,872,250 at Sotheby's on 8 June 2021
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The 1933 Double Eagle sold for $18,872,250 at Sotheby's on 8 June 2021
The most expensive car sold in 2021 was this 1995 McLaren F1 that sold for $20,465,000 at Gooding & Co on 13 August 2021
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The most expensive car sold in 2021 was this 1995 McLaren F1 that sold for $20,465,000 at Gooding & Co on 13 August 2021

Dr. Thomas Newman was a humble dentist who collected baseball cards all his life. With the dramatic rise in the value of baseball cards of recent times, his hobby netted his estate a total $21,500,000 at Memory Lane on 10 July 2021
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Dr. Thomas Newman was a humble dentist who collected baseball cards all his life. With the dramatic rise in the value of baseball cards of recent times, his hobby netted his estate a total $21,500,000 at Memory Lane on 10 July 2021
"Love is in the Bin" by Banksy sold for £18,582,000 ($25,449,907) at Sotheby’s on 14 October 2021.
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"Love is in the Bin" by Banksy sold for £18,582,000 ($25,449,907) at Sotheby’s on 14 October 2021.
This Marble Figure of the Capitoline Aphrodite, Roman Imperial, 1st/2nd Century A.D. sold for £18,582,000 ($24,619,292) at Sotheby's on 7 December 2021
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This Marble Figure of the Capitoline Aphrodite, Roman Imperial, 1st/2nd Century A.D. sold for £18,582,000 ($24,619,292) at Sotheby's on 7 December 2021

The auction of a seat on Blue Origin’s suborbital spaceship was held on 13 June 2021 with crypto pioneer Justin Sun paying $28 million. Sun, who won a similar opportunity/experience auction in 2019 by paying $4.6 million to have lunch with Warren Buffet, immediately doubled down, and is now paying for additional seats so he can take people with him. Love him or hate him, you have to admire Justin's chutzpah.
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The auction of a seat on Blue Origin’s suborbital spaceship was held on 13 June 2021 with crypto pioneer Justin Sun paying $28 million. Sun, who won a similar opportunity/experience auction in 2019 by paying $4.6 million to have lunch with Warren Buffet, immediately doubled down, and is now paying for additional seats so he can take people with him. Love him or hate him, you have to admire Justin's chutzpah.




Justin Sun tweeted on 23 December, “So I’m very excited to announce this news and turn this opportunity into a voyage with 5 other warriors to space with me because I believe that space belongs to everyone!"
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Justin Sun tweeted on 23 December, “So I’m very excited to announce this news and turn this opportunity into a voyage with 5 other warriors to space with me because I believe that space belongs to everyone!"
Project Y910" is a 120-Meter Luxury Mega Yacht from Fincantieri Shipyards, Trieste, Italy. It was due to sell in December, but bidding has now been extended for another 90 days. It would have sold if someone had met the $25,000,000 asking price but it is now for sale in a "no reserve" auction at Concierge Auctions and we've kept it in the listing because it helps to give the diverse lots some perspective.
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Project Y910" is a 120-Meter Luxury Mega Yacht from Fincantieri Shipyards, Trieste, Italy. It was due to sell in December, but bidding has now been extended for another 90 days. It would have sold if someone had met the $25,000,000 asking price but it is now for sale in a "no reserve" auction at Concierge Auctions and we've kept it in the listing because it helps to give the diverse lots some perspective.
"The Sakura Diamond," a 15.81-carat fancy vivid purple-pink diamond ring sold for HK$223,412,500 ($28,775,530) at Christie's on 23 May 2021
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"The Sakura Diamond," a 15.81-carat fancy vivid purple-pink diamond ring sold for HK$223,412,500 ($28,775,530) at Christie's on 23 May 2021
This Yangcai Ruby-Ground with Carved Open-Work ‘Phoenix Scene’ Revolving Vase sold for RMB 265,650,000 ($41,547,660) at Polyauction Beijing on 7 June 2021 becoming the most expensive ceramic in history
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This Yangcai Ruby-Ground with Carved Open-Work ‘Phoenix Scene’ Revolving Vase sold for RMB 265,650,000 ($41,547,660) at Polyauction Beijing on 7 June 2021 becoming the most expensive ceramic in history
"Everydays: The First 5000 Days" by Beeple sold for $69,346,250 at Christie's on 12 March 2021 to become the most valuable NFT sold to that point in time. It has since been surpassed in price, but this ridiculously large jpeg/nft might one day be viewed in the same light as the Roman Imperial Capitoline Aphrodite that sold for £18,582,000 ($24,619,292) in 2021. It is most certainly the point at which the public at large began taking NFTs seriously.
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"Everydays: The First 5000 Days" by Beeple sold for $69,346,250 at Christie's on 12 March 2021 to become the most valuable NFT sold to that point in time. It has since been surpassed in price, but this ridiculously large jpeg/nft might one day be viewed in the same light as the Roman Imperial Capitoline Aphrodite that sold for £18,582,000 ($24,619,292) in 2021. It is most certainly the point at which the public at large began taking NFTs seriously.
“Cabanes de bois parmi les oliviers et cyprès” by Vincent Van Gogh sold for $71,350,000 at Christie's on 11 November 2021
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“Cabanes de bois parmi les oliviers et cyprès” by Vincent Van Gogh sold for $71,350,000 at Christie's on 11 November 2021
"Le Nez" by Alberto Giacometti sold for $78,396,000 at Sotheby’s on 15 November 2021, becoming the most valuable sculpture sold in 2021
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"Le Nez" by Alberto Giacometti sold for $78,396,000 at Sotheby’s on 15 November 2021, becoming the most valuable sculpture sold in 2021
"No. 7" by Mark Rothko sold for $82,468,500 at Sotheby’s on 15 November 2021
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"No. 7" by Mark Rothko sold for $82,468,500 at Sotheby’s on 15 November 2021
"Merge" by Pak sold for $91,806,519 at Nifty Gateway on 4 December 2021, becoming the most valuable NFT of 2021 and the most valuable NFT sold to date
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"Merge" by Pak sold for $91,806,519 at Nifty Gateway on 4 December 2021, becoming the most valuable NFT of 2021 and the most valuable NFT sold to date
"Portrait of a young man holding a roundel" by Alessandro di Mariano Filipep (called Sandro Botticelli | 1444/5 – 1510) sold for $92,184,000 at Christie's on 28 January 2021
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"Portrait of a young man holding a roundel" by Alessandro di Mariano Filipep (called Sandro Botticelli | 1444/5 – 1510) sold for $92,184,000 at Christie's on 28 January 2021
"In This Case" by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for $93,105,000 at Christie's on 11 May 2021
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"In This Case" by Jean-Michel Basquiat sold for $93,105,000 at Christie's on 11 May 2021
"Femme assise près d'une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)" by Pablo Picasso sold for $103,410,000 at Christie's on 13 May 2021
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"Femme assise près d'une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse)" by Pablo Picasso sold for $103,410,000 at Christie's on 13 May 2021
The Cox Collection sold for $332,031,500 at Christie's on 11 November 2021
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The Cox Collection sold for $332,031,500 at Christie's on 11 November 2021
That’s part of the Macklowe Collection going to auction at Sotheby’s in New York on 15 November. The painting at left behind Sotheby's hammer-wielding Oliver Barker, is “Rasterbild mit Palmen” by Sigmar Polke which fetched $21,520,250, and the next painting up (at right behind auctioneer) is “Number 17” by Jackson Pollock which fetched $61,161,000.
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That’s part of the Macklowe Collection going to auction at Sotheby’s in New York on 15 November. The painting at left behind Sotheby's hammer-wielding Oliver Barker, is “Rasterbild mit Palmen” by Sigmar Polke which fetched $21,520,250, and the next painting up (at right behind auctioneer) is “Number 17” by Jackson Pollock which fetched $61,161,000.
Measuring nearly 40 by 79 inches, "Le Bassin aux nymphéas" was created between 1917–19 and was conceived as part of Claude Monet’s series of monumental paintings depicting his beloved lily pond at his home in Giverny, France. The painting sold for $70,353,000 at Sotheby's on 12 May 2021
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Measuring nearly 40 by 79 inches, "Le Bassin aux nymphéas" was created between 1917–19 and was conceived as part of Claude Monet’s series of monumental paintings depicting his beloved lily pond at his home in Giverny, France. The painting sold for $70,353,000 at Sotheby's on 12 May 2021
This 2021 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon sold for $5,200,000 at private Audemars Piguet function on 10 April 2021
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This 2021 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Black Panther Flying Tourbillon sold for $5,200,000 at private Audemars Piguet function on 10 April 2021
Alexander Hamilton's flintlock pistols and epaulettes sold for $1,150,000 at Rock Island on 14 May 2021
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Alexander Hamilton's flintlock pistols and epaulettes sold for $1,150,000 at Rock Island on 14 May 2021
The famous "Inverted Jenny" Plate Block sold for $4,860,000 at Sotheby's on 8 June 2021
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The famous "Inverted Jenny" Plate Block sold for $4,860,000 at Sotheby's on 8 June 2021

This Fine Blue And White ‘Dragon’ Vase from the Qianlong Period (1736-1795) sold at Polyauction HK on 21 April 2021 for HK$45,600,000 ($5,873,280)
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This Fine Blue And White ‘Dragon’ Vase from the Qianlong Period (1736-1795) sold at Polyauction HK on 21 April 2021 for HK$45,600,000 ($5,873,280)
This 1929 Duesenberg Model J torpedo convertible sold for $5,725,000 at RM Sotheby's on 22 May 2021
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This 1929 Duesenberg Model J torpedo convertible sold for $5,725,000 at RM Sotheby's on 22 May 2021
This 1965 Shelby American Cobra 427 sold for $5,940,000 at Mecum on 16 January 2021
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This 1965 Shelby American Cobra 427 sold for $5,940,000 at Mecum on 16 January 2021
This 1929 Bugatti Type 35B sold for $5,615,000 at Gooding & Co on 14 August 2021
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This 1929 Bugatti Type 35B sold for $5,615,000 at Gooding & Co on 14 August 2021
This four-bottle 1950s Glenfiddich Collection is a "one-off collection from the last four remaining casks of Glenfiddich distilled in 1955, 1957, 1958 and 1959." It sold for £1,037,500 ($1,375,621) at Sotheby's on 3 December 2021
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This four-bottle 1950s Glenfiddich Collection is a "one-off collection from the last four remaining casks of Glenfiddich distilled in 1955, 1957, 1958 and 1959." It sold for £1,037,500 ($1,375,621) at Sotheby's on 3 December 2021
This lot consisted of 24 bottles of 1974 "Sun Flower" 53.0 abv Kweichow Moutai in an original wooden case. It sold for £1,000,000 ($1,385,800) at Sotheby's on 18 June 2021
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This lot consisted of 24 bottles of 1974 "Sun Flower" 53.0 abv Kweichow Moutai in an original wooden case. It sold for £1,000,000 ($1,385,800) at Sotheby's on 18 June 2021
From little acorns … no-one could have known just how high Michael Jordan's star would soar when he wore this jersey in 1982-83. Michael Jordan's game-worn University of North Carolina Tar Heels Jersey from his first "NCAA Player of the Year" photo shoot sold for $1,380,000 at Heritage Auctions on 7 May 2021
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From little acorns … no-one could have known just how high Michael Jordan's star would soar when he wore this jersey in 1982-83. Michael Jordan's game-worn University of North Carolina Tar Heels Jersey from his first "NCAA Player of the Year" photo shoot sold for $1,380,000 at Heritage Auctions on 7 May 2021
This 1914 Stutz Model 4E Bearcat sold for $2,920,000 at Gooding & Co on 14 August 2021
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This 1914 Stutz Model 4E Bearcat sold for $2,920,000 at Gooding & Co on 14 August 2021
Kobe Bryant's Rookie Season (1996-97) game-used and signed Lakers Home Jersey sold for $3,600,000 at Goldin Auctions on 22 May 2021
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Kobe Bryant's Rookie Season (1996-97) game-used and signed Lakers Home Jersey sold for $3,600,000 at Goldin Auctions on 22 May 2021

This game-used Babe Ruth baseball bat from 1916-18 sold for $1,020,000 at Heritage Auctions on 27 February 2021
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This game-used Babe Ruth baseball bat from 1916-18 sold for $1,020,000 at Heritage Auctions on 27 February 2021
This 1994 Bugatti Automobili EB110 SS sold for $2,755,000 at RM Sotheby's on 14 August 2021
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This 1994 Bugatti Automobili EB110 SS sold for $2,755,000 at RM Sotheby's on 14 August 2021
This cask of 30-year-old Macallan whisky, sold complete with artwork and an NFT, for $2,330,000 at Metacask on 22 October 2021. That's a new world record for a cask.
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This cask of 30-year-old Macallan whisky, sold complete with artwork and an NFT, for $2,330,000 at Metacask on 22 October 2021. That's a new world record for a cask.
This 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort sold for CHF 1,973,750 ($2,117,439) at RM Sotheby's on 17 September 2021, setting a new price record for the model.
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This 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort sold for CHF 1,973,750 ($2,117,439) at RM Sotheby's on 17 September 2021, setting a new price record for the model.
This 1992 Ferrari F40 sold for $2,892,500 at Gooding & Co. on 13 August 2021, becoming the new price record holder for the F40 model.
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This 1992 Ferrari F40 sold for $2,892,500 at Gooding & Co. on 13 August 2021, becoming the new price record holder for the F40 model.
This 1995 Ferrari F50 sold for $3,965,000 at RM Sotheby's on 13 August 2021, setting a new record price for the model.
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This 1995 Ferrari F50 sold for $3,965,000 at RM Sotheby's on 13 August 2021, setting a new record price for the model.
This 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster sold for $3,085,000 at Gooding & Co. on 13 August 2021
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This 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster sold for $3,085,000 at Gooding & Co. on 13 August 2021
This 2003 Ferrari Enzo sold for $3,360,000 at RM Sotheby's on 14 August 2021 and achieved the highest price of any Enzo that hadn’t been owned by the global head of a major religion.
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This 2003 Ferrari Enzo sold for $3,360,000 at RM Sotheby's on 14 August 2021 and achieved the highest price of any Enzo that hadn’t been owned by the global head of a major religion.
Buying whisky by the cask has massive advantages, not the least of which is that the ageing process continues, further leveraging your investment
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Buying whisky by the cask has massive advantages, not the least of which is that the ageing process continues, further leveraging your investment
"Love is in the Bin" by Banksy sold for £18,582,000 ($25,449,907) at Sotheby’s on 14 October 2021
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"Love is in the Bin" by Banksy sold for £18,582,000 ($25,449,907) at Sotheby’s on 14 October 2021
"Human One" by Beeple sold for $28,985,000 at Christie's on 9 November 2021
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"Human One" by Beeple sold for $28,985,000 at Christie's on 9 November 2021
Stuart Weitzman's "Three Treasures" Collection sold for $32,039,000 at Sotheby's on 8 June 2021
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Stuart Weitzman's "Three Treasures" Collection sold for $32,039,000 at Sotheby's on 8 June 2021
The First Printing and "Official Edition" of the final text of the United States' Constitution sold for $43,173,000 at Sotheby’s on 18 November 2021
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The First Printing and "Official Edition" of the final text of the United States' Constitution sold for $43,173,000 at Sotheby’s on 18 November 2021
This Achaemenid Gold applique of a winged bull dates from between 404 BC and 359 BC so it is at least 2380 years old. It sold for £1,402,500 ($1,853,264) at Christie's on 8 December 2021
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This Achaemenid Gold applique of a winged bull dates from between 404 BC and 359 BC so it is at least 2380 years old. It sold for £1,402,500 ($1,853,264) at Christie's on 8 December 2021

This 30cm tall bronze figure of Shakyamuni Buddha is from the Western Wei dynasty, dated 539 AD. It sold for HK$17,115,000 ($2,199,278) at Sotheby’s on 12 October 2021
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This 30cm tall bronze figure of Shakyamuni Buddha is from the Western Wei dynasty, dated 539 AD. It sold for HK$17,115,000 ($2,199,278) at Sotheby’s on 12 October 2021
This Nautilus Cup (1628) by Jacob Claesz de Grebber (Amsterdam) sold for £1,769,500 ($2,344,411) at Sotheby's on 7 December 2021
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This Nautilus Cup (1628) by Jacob Claesz de Grebber (Amsterdam) sold for £1,769,500 ($2,344,411) at Sotheby's on 7 December 2021

This Charles I Silver Inkstand (1639) sold for £1,942,500 ($2,675,017) at Christie's on 8 July 2021
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This Charles I Silver Inkstand (1639) sold for £1,942,500 ($2,675,017) at Christie's on 8 July 2021

"Untitled" by Keith Haring sold for $3,000,000 at Christie's on 9 March 2021
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"Untitled" by Keith Haring sold for $3,000,000 at Christie's on 9 March 2021
The main (right) image shows the package that contained the seven pieces of antique "Chen Yun Hao" Pu’er Tea Cakes (1910s) that sold for HK$8,400,000 ($1,077,804) at Poly Auction Hong Kong on 1 December 2021. At left is the one piece of "Jia Ji" Blue Label Tea Cake (1950s) sold by Sotheby's on 16 December for HK$562,000 ($77,170).
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The main (right) image shows the package that contained the seven pieces of antique "Chen Yun Hao" Pu’er Tea Cakes (1910s) that sold for HK$8,400,000 ($1,077,804) at Poly Auction Hong Kong on 1 December 2021. At left is the one piece of "Jia Ji" Blue Label Tea Cake (1950s) sold by Sotheby's on 16 December for HK$562,000 ($77,170).
"Submarine Christmas Tree" (1947) by Alexander Calder sold for £6,567,500 ($9,057,896) at Christie's on 23 March 2021
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"Submarine Christmas Tree" (1947) by Alexander Calder sold for £6,567,500 ($9,057,896) at Christie's on 23 March 2021
This Mortlock Islands mask (date unknown, Caroline Islands)sold for €9,171,000 ($10,951,091) at Christie's on 23 June 2021, becoming the most expensive headwear ever sold at auction
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This Mortlock Islands mask (date unknown, Caroline Islands)sold for €9,171,000 ($10,951,091) at Christie's on 23 June 2021, becoming the most expensive headwear ever sold at auction
This Nimba Baga Shoulder Mask (Guinea) sold for €4,700,000 ($5,612,270) at Christie's on 23 June 2021
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This Nimba Baga Shoulder Mask (Guinea) sold for €4,700,000 ($5,612,270) at Christie's on 23 June 2021
Tête Fang (Gabon) sold for €7,682,500 ($9,173,673) at Christie's on 23 June 2021
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Tête Fang (Gabon) sold for €7,682,500 ($9,173,673) at Christie's on 23 June 2021
“Spider V” by Louise Bourgeois sold for $5,550,000 at Christie's on 11 May 2021
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“Spider V” by Louise Bourgeois sold for $5,550,000 at Christie's on 11 May 2021
This 17th-Century Chinese "Huanghuali" Imperial Camping Chair sold for HK$65,975,000 ($8,502,370) at Christie's on 28 May 2021
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This 17th-Century Chinese "Huanghuali" Imperial Camping Chair sold for HK$65,975,000 ($8,502,370) at Christie's on 28 May 2021
“Martin, into the corner. You should be ashamed of yourself” (1989) by Martin Kippenberger sold for $9,520,000 at Christie's on 11 May 2021
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“Martin, into the corner. You should be ashamed of yourself” (1989) by Martin Kippenberger sold for $9,520,000 at Christie's on 11 May 2021
The first separate printing of the United States House of Representatives Bill of Rights sold for $1,532,500 at Sotheby's on 23 November 2021
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The first separate printing of the United States House of Representatives Bill of Rights sold for $1,532,500 at Sotheby's on 23 November 2021
This copy of “Batman #1” (DC, 1940) sold for $2,200,000 at Heritage Auctions on 14 January 2021
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This copy of “Batman #1” (DC, 1940) sold for $2,200,000 at Heritage Auctions on 14 January 2021
This 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione sold for $7,705,000 at RM Sotheby's on 13 August 2021
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This 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione sold for $7,705,000 at RM Sotheby's on 13 August 2021
This 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 sold for $1,902,500 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction on 14 August, setting a new world record for the model.
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This 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 sold for $1,902,500 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction on 14 August, setting a new world record for the model.
The Sienna Star' Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond and Diamond Ring sold for $3,408,000 at Sotheby's on 9 June 2021
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The Sienna Star' Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond and Diamond Ring sold for $3,408,000 at Sotheby's on 9 June 2021
“The Extraordinary Wine Collection of Robert Drouhin” was auctioned on 13 October 2018 at Sotheby’s New York. Just a small selection of the wines sold that day, from left to right, are: La Tache 1945 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($297,600), Romanee Conti 1937 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($310,000), La Tache 1959 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($80,600), Romanee Conti 1937 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($310,000), La Tache 1959 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($80,600), Romanee Conti 1945 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($558,000). Three bottles of Romanee Conti 1937 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti actually sold for $310,000 each that day.
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“The Extraordinary Wine Collection of Robert Drouhin” was auctioned on 13 October 2018 at Sotheby’s New York. Just a small selection of the wines sold that day, from left to right, are: La Tache 1945 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($297,600), Romanee Conti 1937 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($310,000), La Tache 1959 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($80,600), Romanee Conti 1937 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($310,000), La Tache 1959 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($80,600), Romanee Conti 1945 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti ($558,000). Three bottles of Romanee Conti 1937 Domaine De La Romanee-Conti actually sold for $310,000 each that day.
"Diego y yo" by Frida Kahlo sold for $34,883,000 at Sotheby's on 16 November 2021, becoming the most valuable work of art by a female in 2021
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"Diego y yo" by Frida Kahlo sold for $34,883,000 at Sotheby's on 16 November 2021, becoming the most valuable work of art by a female in 2021
The black Nike Air Yeezy sneakers worn by Kanye West wore while performing at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2008 sold for $1,800,000 at Sotheby's on 26 April 2021
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The black Nike Air Yeezy sneakers worn by Kanye West wore while performing at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2008 sold for $1,800,000 at Sotheby's on 26 April 2021
This "Ours Polaire" sofa and armchair (Circa 1950) by Jean Royère sold for $1,110,000 at Christie's on 9 December 2021
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This "Ours Polaire" sofa and armchair (Circa 1950) by Jean Royère sold for $1,110,000 at Christie's on 9 December 2021
This Jade-inset Bronze Ge-Halberd dagger, was made circa 570-400 BC and would have been used for ceremonial purposes. It sold for HK$9,850,000 ($1,263,460) at Christie's on 3 December 2021
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This Jade-inset Bronze Ge-Halberd dagger, was made circa 570-400 BC and would have been used for ceremonial purposes. It sold for HK$9,850,000 ($1,263,460) at Christie's on 3 December 2021

2017 National Treasures NFL Shield Patrick Mahomes Rookie Auto 1/1 BGS 8.5 card sold for $4,300,000 in a PWCC-brokered sale on 28 July 2021
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2017 National Treasures NFL Shield Patrick Mahomes Rookie Auto 1/1 BGS 8.5 card sold for $4,300,000 in a PWCC-brokered sale on 28 July 2021