$3 Bowl for $2.22 Million: 1,000-Year-Old Chinese Bowl Sold

21 March, 2013 at 07:53 | Posted in Chinese culture, Funny things :-) | Leave a comment
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By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff

$3 bowl for $2.22 million: A Chinese bowl bought for $3 was sold for $2.22 million at an auction. The bowl was described as “rare and important.”

A Chinese bowl that that was bought at a tag sale for $3 turned out to be 1,000 years old.

At a New York City Sotheby’s auction on Tuesday, the bowl sold for $2.22 million. Sotheby’s said that it was sold to a dealer in London, and it far exceeded the pre-sale value of between $200,000 and $300,000.

The rare bowl, around 5 inches in diameter, was made during the Northern Song Dynasty. The person who initially purchased the item bought it at a tag sale in 2007 and had it displayed in their living room for a few years before it was examined, reported The Associated Press.

Sotheby’s described the white “ding” bowl as “rare and important,” according to its website.

The Northern Song Dynasty lasted between 960 and 1127.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, on its website, said that the “early Northern Song dynasty witnessed the flowering of one of the supreme artistic expressions of Chinese civilization: monumental landscape painting.”

via $3 Bowl for $2.22 Million: 1,000-Year-Old Chinese Bowl Sold | New York City | United States | Epoch Times


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