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Chinese vase found in shoebox sells for $19 million
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12 Jun 2018 12:17 PM EST

An 18th century Chinese vase found in a shoebox in an attic in France sold for 16.2 million euros at auction in Paris. The price was more than 20 times the estimate of 500,000 euros auctioneers Sotheby’s had put on the item. It was the highest price reached for a single item sold by Sotheby’s in France. The vase spent some of its life stashed in an attic with other items that formed part of an inheritance. “This person (the seller) took the train, then the metro and walked on foot through the doors of Sotheby’s and into my office with the vase in a shoebox protected by newspaper,” Sotheby’s Asian arts expert Olivier Valmier The 30 cm, bulb-shaped vase, painted in delicate shades of green, blue, yellow and purple. It has been described as an exceptionally well-preserved porcelain vessel made for an emperor of the Qing dynasty.

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