Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Rare Chinese bowl sells for $2.2M


This undated photo shows a 1,000-year-old Chinese “Ding” bowl from the Northern Song Dynasty 

A rare Chinese bowl bought at a tag sale for $3 was sold at a New York auction for more than $2.22 million. The bowl, purchased from a tag sale for no more than three dollars, was sold by Sotheby’s for more than $2.22 million during the opening session of Sotheby's fine Chinese ceramics and works of art auction in New York. 

The 1,000-year-old bowl was part of the opening session of Sotheby's fine Chinese ceramics and works of art auction. Sotheby's says it was sold to a London dealer for $2.225 million, far above the presale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.

The person who put the bowl up for auction bought it at a tag sale in 2007 and had it displayed in the living room for several years before becoming curious about its origins and having it examined. The bowl is 5 inches in diameter, white in color and from the Northern Song Dynasty.


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