A ceramic bowl originally purchased for $3 at a yard sale recently sold in an intense bidding war at Sotheby’s for $2.2 million, well above the starting price of $300,000.
The anonymous owner of the 1,000-year-old bowl said it had been sitting in their living room for years.
The simple white piece, known as a “Ding” bowl for its county of origin, came from China’s Northern Song Dynasty.
Little else is known about it other than its 5-inch width, and that it was probably created to mimic gold wares found in palaces.
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