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03-20-2013, 10:20 PM #1
1,000-year-old Chinese dish bought for $3 sells for over $2 Million
A rare Chinese bowl bought at a yard sale for $3 has sold at a New York auction for more than $2.22 million.
The 1,000-year-old bowl was sold as part of the opening session of Sotheby's fine Chinese ceramics and works of art auction on Tuesday.
Sotheby's says it was sold to a London dealer for $2.225 million, far above the pre-sale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.
The bowl is from the Northern Song Dynasty. The person who put the bowl up for auction bought it in 2007 and had it displayed in their living room for several years.
They only discovered it was valuable after becoming curious about its origins and having it examined. The bowl is five inches in diameter.
The Song Dynasty was a ruling dynasty in China between 960 and 1279 - and was divided into two distinct periods: the Northern Song and Southern Song.
03-23-2013, 03:35 AM #2
Some people just have some crazy luck, this kinda thing seems to happen about once a month or so, odds must be like hitting the lottery!
03-23-2013, 05:43 PM #3
that's insane but goes to show anything can happen