Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:52 pm
Rare Chinese bowl, $3 at tag sale, sells for $2.2M
The Associated Press
The 1,000-year-old bowl was part of the opening session of Sotheby's fine Chinese ceramics and works of art auction Tuesday.
Sotheby's says it was sold to a London dealer for $2.225 million, far above the presale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.
The person who put the bowl up for auction bought it at a tag sale in 2007 and had it displayed in the living room for several years before becoming curious about its origins and having it examined.
The bowl is 5 inches in diameter, white in color and from the Northern Song Dynasty.