The worlds most expensive porcelain ceramics

Ceramics as an art form has been around for centuries, when pots and vases were hand-painted. In today's world of mass production, ceramic decals are used to decorate pieces but it's the hand crafted items from centuries ago which really excite collectors.

Porcelain ceramics is big big business. Like many forms of art like paintings and sculptures, ceramics are much sought after by keen enthusiasts as well as investors looking for sound investment pieces.

Here are the 5 most expensive porcelain ceramic pieces ever sold at auction:

5. Joseon Porcelain

Sale price : $1.2 million

4. Blood Red Porcelain

Sale price : $9.5 million

3. Jihong Porcelain

Sale price : $10 million

2. Blue and White Porcelain

Sale price : $21.6 million

1. Qing Dynasty Porcelain

Sale price : $84 million