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Chinese vase found in shoebox sells for $19 million

PARIS (Reuters) – An 18th century Chinese vase found in a shoebox in an attic in France bought for 16.2 million euros ($19 million) at public sale in Paris on Tuesday.

The worth was greater than 20 occasions the estimate of 500,000 euros to 700,000 euros auctioneers Sotheby’s had placed on the merchandise. It was the best worth reached for a single merchandise bought by Sotheby’s in France.

The vase spent a few of its life stashed in an attic with different objects that fashioned a part of an inheritance. A French household retrieved the vase and introduced it to the auctioneer.

“This person (the seller) took the train, then the metro and walked on foot through the doors of Sotheby’s and into my office with the vase in a shoebox protected by newspaper,” Sotheby’s Asian arts skilled Olivier Valmier informed Reuters.

“When she put the box on my desk and we opened it we were all stunned by the beauty of the piece.”

The 30 cm, bulb-shaped vase, painted in delicate shades of inexperienced, blue, yellow and purple, was described as an exceptionally well-preserved porcelain vessel made for an emperor of the Qing dynasty.

It depicts deer, birds and different animals in a wooden, and consists of gold embroidery across the neck. The vase bears a mark of the Qianlong Emperor who dominated China from 1736 to 1796.A Sotheby’s spokeswoman mentioned: “They knew it had some value but nothing like that, nor that it was from the Qian dynasty.”

The public sale lasted some 20 minutes, a very long time by traditional requirements for such gross sales, with a number of bidders battling for the prize.

The purchaser was Asian however the agency didn’t want to reveal the identify or nationality.

The 16.2 million euros ($19.11 million) sale worth included 2 million euros in public sale prices and commissions.

Reporting by Manuel Auslass, Writing by Brian Love; Editing by Luke Baker and Alison Williams

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