A *** all bowl bought for $35 at a home in Connecticut turned out to be a rare piece of ancient Chinese art. The bowl is worth between $300,000 and $500,000. It will soon go up for sale at an auction—an event at which things are sold to the people who offer to pay the most. The white bowl has blue paintings of flowers and other designs. It is about 16 centimeters across.,
The company holding the auction, Sotheby's, says the object was found at a yard sale in the New Haven area last year. A yard sale is a sale of used objects held at the seller's home. A collector of old objects saw the bowl at the sale and thought it could be something special. The piece is one of only seven such bowls known to exist in the world. It will go up for sale in New York on March 17 as part of Sotheby’s Auction of Important Chinese Art.
The unidentified buyer paid $35 for the bowl and later emailed information and photos to Sotheby’s asking for an estimate of its value. Angela McAteer and Hang Yin, the auction house’s experts on Chinese art, get many such emails every week. But this one was the kind they dream about.