Bowl Bought At Yard Sale Sells For $2.2M

Submitted by: Squrlz4Sale 4 years ago in

A jaw-dropping story of an incredible buy.
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Male 6,227
@SarahofBorg: Ummmm, you do know that many of the ceramic techniques still being used today were *invented* by the Chinese 1,000 years ago, the time when this bowl was made? And that many of the ceramics made by the Chinese then, such as this bowl, were unmatched in technique and artistry for a thousand years?

How about *you* execute something better than anyone can equal for a thousand years before you so quickly dismiss the artistry behind this bowl?
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Female 3,562
Rare, yes. Impressive that it`s lasted this long in perfect shape, yes. Impressive craftsmanship? No. A very skilled artist could probably make a brand new one just like it and I can`t imagine it would be worth more than a few hundred. I don`t know how they can even tell. Also, I`d be really damn pissed if I sold that for $3 and found out what it really was later.
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Male 6,227
You guys are funny. Yes, SethDog, I was thinking the same thought: Not so much *hoping* as *fearing* that the interviewer would drop the mic on the bowl and break it.

Seriously, think of what a miracle it is that such a petite, delicate bowl as that would survive a thousand years. Somehow surviving all the Chinese wars; somehow making it intact out of China; surviving countless other wars; somehow making it intact through the garage sale. Seriously, the mind boggles. My gosh, how much history that bowl has seen and how many important hands it`s passed through, starting with its origins in the Chinese Emperor`s court. (Chinese porcelain like this, from this period, was all being commissioned by the nobility, according to what I was reading online.)
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Male 840
No one ever tells the story from the other perspective. "After doing spring cleaning, woman holds yard sale and sells ancient Chinese bowl (valued at $2.2 million) for 3 dollars."
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Male 1,421
WAU!

WAU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Male 768
Was anyone else secretly hoping someone would accidentally knock it over? A bit masochistic I know, but would be hilarious..
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Female 1,246
I love garage sales!! It would be so awesome to be lucky like that..The coolest thing I have ever found at a garage sale was I had found a whole entire collection of Ann Rice books at the time that were all hardback for 10 bucks.
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Male 6,227
For those who couldn`t see the video, here`s the story in a nutshell: A woman paid around $3 for a bowl at a yard sale (she can`t remember the exact amount she paid, but knows it was pocket change, basically) and that same bowl just sold at auction for $2.2M USD. Turns out it`s a 1,000 year old bowl of masterful artistry and there`s only one other like it surviving in the world, in the British Museum.

Here`s a link that should be accessible to everyone and that has the best photographs of the bowl I`ve seen.
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Male 13,630
Ive had a few bargains in my time
but never that!
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Male 3,477
I shop at Lowes.
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Female 2,549
Can not see link
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Female 2,761
more money then they know what to do with
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Male 3,908
Damn, I`ve done pretty good at a few garage sales but I`ll never be lucky enough for that to happen. The best I`ve done was finding a NM first pressing of both the Evil Dead and Night of The Living Dead soundtack LP`s for $5 a piece.
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Female 1,478
Looks to me like a video.
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Male 250
i get that its a historic bowl, but come on, "sophisticated bowl" it LOOKS like a bowl.
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Male 39,948

"Weetabix" ! OMG Those things look like plywood.


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Male 364
The real question is, is it big enough to fit 5 weetabix in? If not, chuck it.
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Male 39,948

Ya know what would have been great?
Actually showing us the damn bowl.
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Male 6,227
Link: Bowl Bought At Yard Sale Sells For $2.2M [Rate Link] - A jaw-dropping story of an incredible buy.
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