We all love to make our homes look great but then just the question is, how much are we willing to spend? We browsed through internet scouting for the most expensive furniture items, and we found some antique items boasting massive architectural forms, one was gold made, and another was entrusted with diamonds. To let you know the cost of decorating the home with highly valued furniture items, here is our list of the world’s most expensive furniture items.
1). Badminton Cabinet
Price: $36.7 million
Made for the third Duke of Beaufort in the 18th century, the magnificent Florentine Pietra Dura, Ebony and Ormolu cabinet boasts massive architectural forms. Divided into three sections by crisply profiled stepped mouldings, the main part of the cabinet is fitted with ten cedar-lined drawers surrounding a central door. Further, three smaller ebony-veneered and purple-heart cedar lined drawers are mounted with drapery ring handles and satyr mask. Each drawer is then mounted with a panel banded with amethyst and edged with ormolu, and is further inlaid with colored, finely-cut and polished semi-precious stones. The top of the cabinet boasts a clock marked with fleurs-de-lis. This historical Badminton cabinet was reportedly sold at Christie’s London for $36.7 million, earning the status of being the most expensive furniture item. On behalf of Prinz Hans-Adam II, the cabinet was purchased by Vienna’s Liechtenstein museum, and will be at permanent display for the international public. The sale of this cabinet has undoubtedly catapulted the art market boundaries.
2). Fauteuil aux Dragons Chair
Price: $28 Million
An armchair, which was previously expected to sell for around £3 million at Christie's in Paris, has been auctioned off for a whopping £19.4 million (nearly $28 million). This sale has made this brown leather armchair the most expensive piece of 20th-century design ever auctioned. Once owned by Yves Saint Laurent, this iconic chair, called the Fauteuil aux Dragons armchair, was made by French designer Eileen Gray around 1917 to 1919. The armchair is upholstered in brown leather and touts a sculpted wood frame and brownish orange and silver lacquer finish. The chair was first owned by Suzanne Talbot, who was Gray's first and most important patron. Philippe Garner, Christie's international head of 20th Century Decorative Art and Design, said “The extraordinary price shows that collectors still have a fierce appetite when presented with an opportunity to buy something unique and of the very best quality.” The statement above is so true considering the financial meltdown situation. The bidding between the furniture collectors pushed the price of the Dragon armchair to more than six times the estimated value.
3). Tufft Table
Price: $4.6 Million
Though, Tufft table looks like a small piece of furniture, but it is definitely not made for a thin wallet. With a price tag of $4.6 million, this small, cute and one of its kind table is definitely a furniture item that will add elegance to the corner of your living room. An original Tufft Rococo style table, it was auctioned at Christie in Philadelphia, and is known as the only piece of furniture that has surpassed other related tables in terms of price, uniqueness and style. Named after the creator Thomas Tufft long before 1775-1776, this elegant furniture was known for its style in art in the late 18th century France. This table has always been the inspiration for world’s most furniture designers and artists, including the American cabinet makers. Featured with pierced artwork, long legs, detailed ball-and-claw feet and narrow ankles; this antique table has so far successfully retained its unique position for two-decades.
4). Gold Stool
Price: $1.3 Million
A few days back, a huge gold ingot was spotted at jewelry shop in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu province. Now, we have a pure gold stool. The stool pictured above is made from 50kg of gold and is currently on display in Kunming, China. Well, I have no idea why they have made this stool but, it's all about gold and nothing else. This pure gold stool is valued at $1.3 million.
5). Pier Table
Attributed to William Moore of Dublin, Circa 1775, this pier table pair of George III Sycamore is made of satinwood and marquetry. The cabinet-maker, William had artistically patterned a central half fan along with a ribbon tied floral garland on the table. Joined by husk swags, the tulipwood cross-banding above a frieze with alternating urns and anthemia looks splendid, delivering a royal look to the table. One of the square tapered cuffed legs also some pencil inscription, making it more exclusive and worthy of its price of $326,500.
6). Executive Desk
Here is another entry into the list of the world’s most expensive things. Parnian is the designer and retailer for the world's most expensive Executive Desk, which carries a price tag of over $200,000. Clean lines, high gloss and exotic, dark woods such as ebony and Carpathian elm are the trend right now, says Ali Parnian, owner of Parnian Furniture in Scottsdale. The world’s most expensive desk has been made from six different types of exotic woods and a custom cast piece of glass. The pricey desk took five months to complete and was made specifically for Parnian’s North Scottsdale, Arizona showroom. The firm has been manufacturing ‘Power Desks’ for some of the worlds most famous CEOs and celebrities. Pricing for the custom desks usually start at about $6,000 and goes higher, depending on customization and materials used. When you buy something for your home, you obviously want it to reflect your lifestyle. These Power Desks from Parnian are a great buy, but just make sure you have got enough balance in your account.
7). Pool Table
Playing billiards gets even more stylish with these luxury pool tables designed by three-time world billiards champion Vincent Facquet. The Luxury Billiards line of custom pool tables are claimed to be the world’s most expensive and most beautiful pool tables. “This is the Rolls Royce of tables, and it runs like a Ferrari.” The lavish pool tables are inlaid with 18 diamonds in the frame of the rails and feature precious make. The legs and ornaments gilt with platinum leafs and plain platinum diamonds. And, the tables feature high quality professional cloth (Iwan Simonis 860 Professional) and pockets in microfibers. The collection includes three unique models: the platinum detailed Majeste pictured above; the etched platinum Royal; and the gilded Noblesse table. And all the models are equipped with a large cue and ball drawer, triangle pocket and back-lit pockets. These high-end tables will knock you out for a staggering 130,000 euros, or approximately $177,000. Even if you are not very skilled at the game, these decked-up pool tables are sure to fetch you some praise anyhow.
8). Good versus Evil Opus Football Table
We have already seen some attractive football tables earlier but, the special edition 'Good versus Evil' Opus football table by Edinbugh-based The Eleven Forty Company puts all other football table to shame with its dazzling looks. The table is hand-made, precision-engineered, and technologically-equipped. The Opus football table touts a hand-crafted lacquer-finished maple wood cabinet, UV etched glass pitch, six balls, rebound plates, aluminum rods, and hand-painted players. Each of the tables takes 400 man hours to complete. This special edition limited piece is limited to only 20 editions. Priced at US $29,500, the item is listed on 20ltd.
9). Sam Maloof rocking chair
Sam Maloof rocking chair sets new world auction record at the Bonhams’s spring auction of 20th Century Decorative Arts. Dated 1986, this walnut and ebony rocking chair crafted by renowned craftsman, Sam Maloof was estimated to bring $30,000 - $50,000, but it got sold for $80,500, a new world auction record for Maloof rocking chair.