Qing Dynasty Relic Yields
LONDON—As treasure-in-the-attic stories go, the 18th-century Chinese vase sold at a
suburban auction house in outer London on Thursday night will be hard to beat.
The delicate, decorative 16-inch vase started at a not-inconsequential
$800,000, but after a half-hour of unexpectedly spirited bidding, the gavel
fell at $69.5 million. It was the highest price ever paid at auction for a
New York Times, Nov. 12, 2010