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

(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.

View 1 more image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
This Tiny Dish Just Sold for $26.7M is...
32%
9%
43%
11%
3%
1%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 23 comments
LASSE
Apr 13, 2012 12:18 PM CDT
It will just happen as with the vase that was bought for $ 80.000.000.. a few years ago.... the buyer newer pays.... and we have a new record !!!!! http://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2011/04/25/chinese-billionaire-hasnt-paid-for-80-million-vase/
DraftyBeer
Apr 9, 2012 3:12 AM CDT
There's a made in Japan sticker on the bottom...
HMunster
Apr 8, 2012 11:24 AM CDT
"This Tiny Dish Just Sold for $26.7M" Yes, but is it microwaveable?...