How much would you be willing to pay to have an ancient relic of power and royalty decorating your home?
The answer to that question for one Chinese collector was $80 million.
The Qing Dynasty vase was sold at an auction in London in 2010 for over $80 million and was purchased by a buyer on a telephone from mainland China. The vase dates back to the period of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty, reigning from 1735 to 1796, and is thought to be the only vase of its kind left. The vase sports an imperial seal and is said to have been made for the emperor himself.
The sellers of the vase found it in the attic of their old family home in the London suburb of Pinner. Because it was originally thought to be a replica, the vase was first valued at only $1000, but upon further examination, it was confirmed to be an authentic piece, and valued at over $800,000. Experts have determined that the vase fell into the family’s possession sometime around 1930, but it is still unclear as to how the Chinese vase ended up in London.
The vase is about 40 cm tall, decorated in mostly yellow and blue, and displays a fish motif and beautiful floral designs.
How much would you pay to have this decorating your home?