Wednesday, 13 June 2018
Vase found in shoe-box sells for $19m
A rare Qing dynasty vase that was discovered in the attic of a French family home has sold at auction in Paris for $19 million. That's the absolute record for a piece sold at Sotheby's Paris, and the record for a Chinese porcelain sale in France.
The intricately decorated vase was hidden away in an old shoebox. After finding it, the owners took it to Sotheby's Paris to be appraised, whereupon the auction house told them it dated from the 18th-century. They set an auction estimate of €500,000 to €700,000 (about $590,000 to $825,000), which was blown away by the sale.
According to Sotheby's, the vase was left to the grandparents of its present owners by an uncle, in a will which also included several other works of Chinese porcelain, and some Japanese artworks, including an "unusual bronze mirror" which will also be sold at auction at the same time as the vase.