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 £2.9 million.

blog.php1 Jaguar D-Type, 1955. Photo via RM Auctions

April

In April the porcelain "Chicken cup" was sold at Sotheby's in Hong Kong for a cool £23 million, setting 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 of Salisbury for over £800 000.

blog 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. It sold for £90 000 and the sale had bidders from over 30 countries. The sale saw two other diamonds of over 100 carats and other impressive jewels.

blog "Graff Vivid Yellow" Photo via Sotheby's

June

In June Sotheby's sold the enigmatic British Guiana One-Cent black on Magenta, 1856, for over £6 million. The previous record was set in 1996 when the Swedish stamp Tre skilling banco sold for £1.2 million.

blog.php5 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 final hammer price was £11.4 million.

Purple-Pink Diamond Ring, Mounted by Sotheby's diamonds. Purple-Pink Diamond Ring, Mounted by Sotheby's diamonds.

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  for almost £580 000. The price was driven up due to the fact that only 50 of the Apple-1 were ever made and  assembled by hand by Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs' basement in 1976.

Apple 1 Computer. Bonhams Apple 1 Computer. Bonhams

November

The year's definitive auction highlight occurred in November when Christie's hosted their Contemporary and Post-War Art auction, which broke records for all previous auctions ever when it netted an incredible £540 million. Two of Andy Warhol's pieces alone, Triple Elvis (Ferus Type) and Four Marlons, sold for almost £96 million, and the auction also set a new record for Cy Twombly who tripled his previous record.

Andy Warhol Triple Elvis (Ferus Type), 1966 Andy Warhol Triple Elvis (Ferus Type), 1966

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 £28.4 million, three times over the previous auction record for a female artist.

Georgia O'Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1, 1932 Georgia O'Keeffe, Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1, 1932

November sales did not end there, on November 1th2 the Henry Graves Supercomplication, the world's most expensive watch, was sold for £15.4 million at Sotheby's in Geneva. Expectations were high and reports regarding this timepiece began to surface as early as half a year before the auction.

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

December

Art photography was one of the biggest rising trends of 2014. 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 £13.6 million, beating the estimate of £8 - 13 million.

Alvin Langdon Coburn 'Shadows and Reflections, Venice'. Photo via Sotheby's Alvin Langdon Coburn 'Shadows and Reflections, Venice'. Photo via Sotheby's

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