FEBRUARY

RM Auction is the world's largest auction house for collectable cars. Their February auction in Paris set a new world record for this 1955 Jaguar D Type when it was auctioned off for $4.5 million.

Jaguan D-Type, 1955. Photo via RM Auctions Jaguan D-Type, 1955. Photo via RM Auctions

 

APRIL

In April a porcelain cup with the nickname "Chicken cup" was sold at auction by Sotheby's in Hong Kong. The porcelain cup sold for $36 million, which set a new record for Chinese works of art.

The Meiyintang ‘Chicken Cup'. Photo via Sotheby's The Meiyintang ‘Chicken Cup'. Photo via Sotheby's

 

MAY 

In May the largest natural saltwater pearl sold at auction at Woolley & Wallis Auctioneers of Salisbury for almost $1.3 million, including buyer's premium.

Saltwater pearl. Photo via Woolley & Wallis Saltwater pearl. Photo via Woolley & Wallis

 

May also saw the sale of the world's most expensive yellow diamond, named "Graff Vivid Yellow" at Sotheby's auction in Geneva for $1.4 million. Bidders from over 30 countries participated in the auction and besides the above mentioned diamond, two other diamonds of over 100 carats and jewelry with historical backgrounds were also sold.

SENSATIONAL AND RARE FANCY VIVID YELLOW DIAMOND RING, GRAFF, KNOWN AS 'THE GRAFF VIVID YELLOW'. Estimate $15,106,624 - $25,140,128. Photo via Sotheby's SENSATIONAL AND RARE FANCY VIVID YELLOW DIAMOND RING, GRAFF, KNOWN AS 'THE GRAFF VIVID YELLOW'. Estimate $15.106.624 - $25.140.128. Photo via Sotheby's

 

JUNE

In June Sotheby's sold the so called British Guiana One-Cent black on Magenta, from 1856, for $9.5 million. The previous record was set in 1996 when the Swedish stamp Tre skilling banco sold for $1.9 million.

The Unique British Guiana 1856 One-Cent, Black on Magenta Surface-Colored Paper (Stanley Gibbons no.23, Scott no.13). The Unique British Guiana 1856 One-Cent, Black on Magenta Surface-Colored Paper (Stanley Gibbons no.23, Scott no.13).

 

OCTOBER

In October the world's most expensive pink diamond was sold at auction by Sotheby's in Hong Kong. Internally flawless clarity is extremely rare for pink diamonds and combined with its fancy vivid color the auction house considered the stone to be one of the most rare and coveted colored diamonds ever to be sold at auction. The hammer price finally ended on $17.8 million.

SUPERB AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT FANCY VIVID PURPLE-PINK DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING, MOUNTED BY SOTHEBY'S DIAMONDS. Sotheby's. SUPERB AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT FANCY VIVID PURPLE-PINK DIAMOND AND DIAMOND RING, MOUNTED BY SOTHEBY'S DIAMONDS. Sotheby's.

 

The world's most expensive personal computer, the Apple-1, was auctioned off at Bonhams in their inaugural History of Science auction in New York in October for $905.000. The price was driven up due to the fact that the Apple-1 was only made in 50 copies that were assembled by hand by Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs' basement in 1976.

APPLE 1 COMPUTER. Estimated at $300,000 - $500,000. Bonhams APPLE 1 COMPUTER. Estimated at $300.000 - $500.000. Bonhams

 

NOVEMBER

The year's definitive auction highlight occurred in November when Christie's hosted their Contemporary and Post-War Art auction, which ended up beating all previous auction records ever when it netted the incredible $850 million. Two of Andy Warhol's pieces alone, Triple Elvis (Ferus Type) and Four Marlons, sold for almost $150 million, and the auction also set a new record for Cy Twombly who tripled his previous record.

ANDY WARHOL. FOUR MARLONS, 1966. Price realized $69,605,000. Photo via Christie's ANDY WARHOL. FOUR MARLONS, 1966. Price realized $69.605.000. Photo via Christie's

 

November was also the month that Sotheby's sold a piece by Georgia O'Keeffe, setting the record for the most expensive work ever sold by a female artist at auction. Georgia O'Keeffe, one of the godmothers of modernist painting, made history when Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1 sold for $44.4 million, three times over the previous auction record for a female artist.

GEORGIA O'KEEFFE. JIMSON WEED/WHITE FLOWER NO. 1, 1932. Estimate $10,000,000 — $15,000,000. Photo via Sotheby's GEORGIA O'KEEFFE. JIMSON WEED/WHITE FLOWER NO. 1, 1932. Estimate $10.000.000 — $15.000.000. Photo via Sotheby's

 

November was, to say the least, hectic. On November 12 the Henry Graves Supercomplication, the world's most expensive watch, was sold for $24 million by Sotheby's in Geneva. Expectations were high and reports regarding this timepiece began to surface as early as half a year before the actual auction.

The Henry Graves Supercomplication. Photo via Sotheby's The Henry Graves Supercomplication. Photo via Sotheby's

 

DECEMBER

One of the past years biggest trends has been art photography and it is without a doubt that photography has been a hot lot at auctions. On December 11-12 Sotheby's hosted their 175 Masterworks to Celebrate 175 Years of Photography: Property from Joy of Giving Something Foundation auction, which set a new world record. The auction netted a total of $21.3 million, beating the estimate of $13 - $20 million.

ALVIN LANGDON COBURN ‘SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS, VENICE’. Estimate $350,000 — $500,000. Photo via Sotheby's ALVIN LANGDON COBURN
‘SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS, VENICE’. Estimate $350.000 — $500.000. Photo via Sotheby's

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