A vase that had been kept insignificantly in the attic by an Irish family for 82 years was confirmed to be from the Qing Dynasty in China and sold for 2 billion won.
According to the Daily Mail in the UK on the 29th (local time), a Chinese-made vase with a height of 50cm was auctioned at 1.1 million pounds (about 1.62 billion won) at an online auction recently hosted by Shepard’s auction house in Lacey County, Ireland.
The vase was bought by an ancestor of an Irish family in 1938 without knowing which country it was made and handed it over to the descendants.
The owner’s family did not expect much and put the vase at an auction, and the bid started at a minimum of £450 (660,000 won). But soon after, competition began when a Taiwanese telephone bidder called for a high price, and it won a bid for £1.1 million, about 2500 times the expected bid price.
The vase has rare dragon-shaped handles on both sides, and on the floor is a Chinese character that means’Yongjeongje’ (reigned 1722-1735), who served as the fifth emperor of the Qing Dynasty about 300 years ago.
An auction official said, “I knew that the vase is a very important work, but it is not always easy to estimate the value of Chinese ceramics,” and said, “It’s wonderful” about the successful bid price.
Reporter Hao Soo-min [email protected]