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Date: 03/20/13 04:50 PM

19 Responses to Bowl Bought At Yard Sale Sells For $2.2M

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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    March 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm
    Link: Bowl Bought At Yard Sale Sells For $2.2M - A jaw-dropping story of an incredible buy.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36829 posts
    March 20, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Ya know what would have been great?
    Actually showing us the damn bowl.
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    den3jlb Male 18-29
    364 posts
    March 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm
    The real question is, is it big enough to fit 5 weetabix in? If not, chuck it.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    36829 posts
    March 20, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    "Weetabix" ! OMG Those things look like plywood.


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    g3n3r1k Male 18-29
    250 posts
    March 20, 2013 at 5:22 pm
    i get that its a historic bowl, but come on, "sophisticated bowl" it LOOKS like a bowl.
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    Atrayu4u Female 18-29
    1478 posts
    March 20, 2013 at 5:24 pm
    Looks to me like a video.
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    whodat6484 Male 30-39
    3909 posts
    March 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm
    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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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
    2765 posts
    March 20, 2013 at 5:40 pm
    more money then they know what to do with
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
    2550 posts
    March 20, 2013 at 7:42 pm
    Can not see link
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
    3447 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 12:33 am
    I shop at Lowes.
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    ferdyfred Male 40-49
    13631 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 1:49 am
    Ive had a few bargains in my time
    but never that!
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 6:24 am
    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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    Pinkminx22 Female 30-39
    1093 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 8:25 am
    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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    SethDog Male 18-29
    768 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm
    Was anyone else secretly hoping someone would accidentally knock it over? A bit masochistic I know, but would be hilarious..
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    CreamK Male 40-49
    1423 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    WAU!

    WAU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Cartunze Male 60-69
    841 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm
    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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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm
    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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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
    3564 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm
    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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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    March 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm
    @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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