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MOST EXPENSIVE MEDIEVAL

MOST EXPENSIVE MEDIEVAL

This beautiful sword and scabbard was actually sold twice, first in 2006 for $5.93 million, and again two years later for $7.7 million. The weapon is the second on the list with inscriptions and decorations alluding to the Chinese Emperor Qianlong. It is an S-shaped saber with a fitted white-jade handle stylized with ornate leaves and floret.

The steel blade is decorated with inlaid gold, silver, and copper, with one side revealing a poetic two-character name: Bao Teng, or ‘Soaring Precious’. The work was made in the Palace Workshops of the Imperial Household Department, and is representative of the mid-Qing Dynasty. A production of 90 sabers was created over 47 years, and the weapon’s worth is down to both its aesthetic and historical value.

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