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  • '$3' Chinese bowl auctions for $2.2m at Asia Week
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    Paul Fraser
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'$3' Chinese bowl auctions for $2.2m at Asia Week

A "$3" Chinese bowl has auctioned for $2.2m at Sotheby's New York, as part of Asia Week.

Purchased for a mere $3 by a collector in 2007, the small pottery bowl was found to be a 1000-year-old "Ding" bowl, dating from the Song dynasty, which ruled China from AD960 to AD1279.

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The only other similar bowl from the period has been on permanent display at the British Museum for over 60 years

Sotheby's placed a conservative $200,000-300,000 estimate on the piece, but four bidders battled over the item, driving prices ever upwards at the March 19 sale.

The bowl ultimately sold to Giuseppe Eskenazi, a well known London-based art dealer.

Several high profile Chinese porcelain sales have occurred of late: a Chinese Qianlong vase brought $1.4m on March 14, while a Yuan dynasty jar realised $1.1m in Beverly Hills on March 17.

If you are tempted to invest in this thriving market, see Paul Fraser Collectibles' guide to identifying fake Chinese ceramics.

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    Paul Fraser
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