2,500 yr-old mirror, now no more

Beijing, Jan 18 | Updated: Jan 19 2007, 05:33am hrs
A Chinese television show audience watched dumbstruck as a presenters assistant accidentally smashed a 2,500-year-old bronze mirror which was reportedly worth $1million.

The mirror, dating back to the warring states period (475-221 BC), was being held up for display on a China Central Television programme, when it fell from its wooden casket. The programme, was to select ten most valuable treasures from Chinas private collections. The accident left the audience and crew silent and stunned until experts rushed on to the stage to pick up the pieces, Xinhua news agency reported. The mirrors owner, renowned antique collector Chen Fengjiu, said the CD-sized mirror was the only one of its kind and collectors had offered $1million for it.