This seemingly ordinary wine cup is actually one of only 19 Ming-era wine cups of its kind, and could fetch more than 235 million RMB (HK$300m) at today’s auction in Hong Kong. SCMP reports:
The small white porcelain cup, decorated with a color painting of a rooster and a hen tending to their chicks, was made during the reign of the Chenghua emperor between 1465 and 1487, Sotheby’s auction house said.
The price, equal to about HK$300 million, would be a record, according to Nicolas Chow, deputy chairman for Sotheby’s Asia.
If so, it will set a world record for the sale of any Chinese works of art or porcelain.
Currently, that record is held by a gourd-shaped vase from the Qianlong period, which sold for HK$253 million in 2010.
The estimate also exceeds the world record for Ming Dynasty porcelain – currently held by a blue-and-white vase from the period which sold for HK$169 million in 2011.
[Via Global News Channel]
In other “seemingly-ordinary-but-actually-rare-and-expensive” news, last month a Tibetan Mastiff puppy went for 12 million RMB in Zhejiang. And this past fall a brick of tea from the Qing Dynasty fetched up 7.6 million yuan (c’mon you can’t even drink it anymore)!