- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A bowl bought at a New York yard sale for $3 in 2007 was sold at a Sotheby’s auction on Tuesday, after owners discovered the 5-inch ceramic piece actually hailed from China 1,000 years ago.

It’s a rare “Ding” bowl, and a prime example of Northern Song Dynasty pottery, auction officials said, as reported by CNN.

“At the time [of purchase], the purchaser had no idea that they had happened upon a 1,000-year-old treasure,” said Cecilia Leung of Sothebys, in CNN’s report.

After displaying it for several years, the owners decided to have the bowl’s value assessed. Sotheby put it between $200,000 and $300,000, CNN reported.

But London dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi battled four other bidders and ultimate bought it for $2.25 million.

CNN says the British Museum in London is in possession of the only other bowl of its kind.



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