It isn’t every day that a 900-year old artefact goes under the hammer. So when a Chinese bowl. That rarely comes up for an auction; there will be several buyers; after all, it is a part of their long-living dynasty. Put up at the Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong; an anonymous bidder paid a staggering $27 million for the bowl from the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), estimated at $10 million.
One of just 79 pieces left in the world, the hammer came down after 8 bidders competed for a good 15 minutes for the flower-shaped bowl. Sotheby adds that the bowl is “arguably the most desirable piece of Ru official ware remaining in private hands.”