NEW HAVEN, CT – It might be better if the poor soul near New Haven, Conn., who sold an old bowl for $35 at a yard sale last year never finds out about this. It turns out the porcelain bowl dates back to China’s Ming dynasty of the 15th century and is expected to fetch up to $500,000 later this month at a Sotheby’s auction, reports Smithsonian.
The buyer immediately sent photos to auction specialists, who confirmed his hunch. An in-person inspection traced the blue-and-white bowl back to the Yongle Emperor of 1403-24, and the auction says only six comparable bowls are in existence, they added that its particular style wasn’t replicated in future dynasties.
The auction house has put a price range of $300,000 to $500,000 on the bowl for the March 17 auction.
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