China Song Dynasty 1000 year old bowl sells for record $37.7 mn

By: | Updated: October 3, 2017 3:42 PM

A 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold for US$37.7 million in Hong Kong on Tuesday, breaking the record for Chinese ceramics, auction house Sotheby's said.

China's Song Dynasty,  song dynasty bowl, chinese ceramic auction, ceramic auction record, record setting bowl, auction record, antique bowl china, antique bowl auction, world newsNicholas Chow, Deputy Chairman for Sotheby’s Asia and the International Head and Chairman of the Chinese Works of Art department, poses with a rare Ru Guanyao brush washer, after it sold for .7 million during an auction in Hong Kong, China. (Reuters)

A recent auction in Hong Kong has set a benchmark with a 1,000-year-old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty being sold for $37.7 million in Hong Kong. Auction house Sotheby’s said the recent bid has broken the record for historical Chinese ceramics. The ancient marvel, which is estimated to date back to 960-1127 AD, surpassed the previous record set by a wine cup of the Ming dynasty, which was sold for $36.05 in 2014. However, the buyer of the bowl of Song dynasty wants to remain anonymous as per Sotheby’s. The auction house even declined to tell whether the buyer hailed from the Chinese mainland or not.

As per the auction house, the bidding started at around $10.2 million and lasted for 20 minutes until a person picked up the bowl for a whopping sum of $37.7 mn. “It’s a totally new benchmark for Chinese ceramics and we’ve made history with this piece today,” Nicolas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, told reporters. The auction house also informed that the bowl is an example of extremely rare Chinese porcelain from the imperial court of the Northern Song Dynasty.

The bowl is 13 cm in diameter and features a luminous blue gaze. Chinese dynasties are renowned for their fine ceramics work and many of them are kept in China’s museums.

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