Via yatzer.comInitially, this chair was expected to be sold for only $4m, but due to the aggressive bidding of wealthy buyers, this chair ended up pricing six times its original price. This chair was made during the Art Deco era and is considered as one of the pioneers of the Art Deco movement along with Tamara de Lempicka (painter) and Gustave Miklos (sculptor). Formerly owned by the co-founder of Yves Saint Laurent, this now belongs to Robert and Cheska Vallois.
Via wsj.neThough it might look like an ordinary porcelain cup, what makes this porcelain from the Chenghua reign (1465-1487) is the chicken design in the cup. They were produced in low quantities (around only 17 in the world, four are in a museum) and when porcelain art was at its peak. This was purchased by Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian and caused a stir when a photograph of him was released sipping from the tea cup.
Via ealuxe.comThis 18th-century furniture is the most expensive furniture ever sold. Auctioned of the by the Somerset house, this furniture is named after the Badminton House in Gloucestershire. This was commissioned to built by Henry Somerset and it took 6 years for 30 experts to construct this well constructed, adorned amethyst quartz piece of furniture. It was purchased by Prince Hans-Adam II and it now resides in the Liechtenstein Museum of Vienna.
Via wikimedia.orgThe 3.2 inch-tall Guennol Lioness is over 5000 years old. What makes this remarkable is that this figurine was created during the time man invented the wheel and started construction settlements. This figurine was discovered in Iraq and was made during the Mesopotamian era. The figurine depicts a lioness with human features, making it an anthropomorph. This was purchased by an anonymous buyer.
Via wikimedia.orgWang Meng is considered one of the Four Masters of the Yuan Dynasty (the rest were Wu Zhen, Huang Gongwang, and Ni Zan). Although Wang Meng is the youngest and least popular amon these masters, his works later influenced Chinese art. Even if his famous works such as Forest Grotto at Juqu and Writing Books under the Pine Trees, this 665 year old lesser known painting still amounted to hefty sum of $65.5m.