At a yard sale in the US state of Connecticut, a rare Ming dynasty porcelain bowl was found, the cost of which is estimated at half a million dollars. Reported by CNN.
The owner, unaware of its value, sold it for $ 35 (2.6 thousand rubles). The unnamed buyer suspected that her true value was much higher. He did not bargain, paid the full amount and almost immediately turned to specialists.
Experts recognized in his find a porcelain bowl, which was made by order of the court of the Chinese emperor Yongle, who ruled from 1403 to 1424. Until now, it was believed that only six such bowls survived. One of them is kept in the Museum of the Imperial Palace in Taipei, two more – in London museums. It remains unclear how such a rare item could end up at a US yard sale.
The bowl will be on display at the March auction in New York, which is being held by Sotheby’s. It is expected that its price will be up to 500 thousand dollars (37 million rubles).
In 2018, it was reported that an old porcelain teapot with a lost lid and a cracked handle, bought by a Briton for £ 15, turned out to be a 17th-century product from the first porcelain factory in America. Two years later, the find was auctioned for £ 575,000.