This Tiny Dish Just Sold for $26.7M

Sotheby's gets hefty price for 900-year-old Chinese piece

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 4, 2012 11:59 AM CDT | Updated Apr 8, 2012 9:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – Handle with care: A 900-year-old ceramic dish dating back to China's Song dynasty has sold for $26.7 million at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, reports the AP. It was probably used to clean brushes by a Song scholar back in the day, notes Bloomberg. Only about 70 "Ru" pieces exist from this particular kiln, making the dish the "most fabled Chinese ceramic ever to come at auction,” says a Sotheby's official. “This is the fantasy of all collectors." Also driving demand: a growing number of newly rich Chinese collectors.

A Sotheby’s official holds the 900-year-old Ruyao dish in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
A Sotheby's official holds the pricey dish in Hong Kong.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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