Are you geared up to clean your closets to fill in the gifts that you receive this season? Just wanted to warn you before you chuck out any old artifact supposing it to be of-no-value. Think twice before you discard something old and ancient that belonged to your grandparents or great grandparents! Read on to know about this lady who almost sold a rare Chinese vase for a measly amount. For three decades, this Chinese vase dating back to the Qing dynasty had been gathering dust in the wardrobe of this Swiss lady who had dismissed it as an imitation. After inheriting the exquisite blue-and-white vessel emblazoned with the image of the imperial dragon, from her parents, who had bought it from a German antique shop for a pittance, she had intermittently used it to display flowers before storing it away with old shoes in the bottom of her wardrobe. This very same vase was sold for nearly £3m at Sotheby’s auction house. Extraordinarily rare, this Chinese dragon vase sold for £2,820,500 ($5,641,000), establishing a new auction record for a piece of Qing dynasty blue-and-white porcelain. Its discovery came only after she visited the Royal Academy’s Three Emperors exhibition three years ago, and was struck by a blue-and-white “moonflask” in the show, which looked uncannily like her own.
Alastair Gibson, a Sotheby’s specialist and the head of the London auction house’s Chinese department called it an “enchanting” piece that had dazzled him when he first saw it. The previous auction record for a piece of Qing dynasty blue-and-white porcelain is £2,500,314, achieved for a “dragon and phoenix” moonflask in Hong Kong in October 2005.