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Bowl Bought At Yard Sale Sells For $2.2M

Hits: 5342 | Rating: (2.3) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: Squrlz4Sale
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Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 5982 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:28:08 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?

SarahofBorg
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 3573 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:21:36 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.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 5982 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:43:41 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.)

Cartunze
Male, 60-69, Western US
 826 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 2:58:39 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."

CreamK
Male, 40-49, Europe
 737 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 2:42:55 PM
WAU!

WAU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SethDog
Male, 18-29, Australia
 701 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:41:14 PM
Was anyone else secretly hoping someone would accidentally knock it over? A bit masochistic I know, but would be hilarious..

Pinkminx22
Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 975 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 8:25:09 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.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 5982 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:24:35 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.

ferdyfred
Male, 40-49, Europe
 8228 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:49:29 AM
Ive had a few bargains in my time
but never that!

tommy2X4
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3160 Posts
Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:33:00 AM
I shop at Lowes.

sutra46
Female, 40-49, Asia
 2389 Posts
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 7:42:00 PM
Can not see link

HalfPintRoo
Female, 18-29, Eastern US
 2475 Posts
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:40:22 PM
more money then they know what to do with

whodat6484
Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 3344 Posts
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:37:41 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.

Atrayu4u
Female, 18-29, Western US
 1450 Posts
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:24:18 PM
Looks to me like a video.

g3n3r1k
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 190 Posts
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:22:46 PM
i get that its a historic bowl, but come on, "sophisticated bowl" it LOOKS like a bowl.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33696 Posts
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:14:22 PM

"Weetabix" ! OMG Those things look like plywood.



den3jlb
Male, 18-29, Europe
 276 Posts
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:06:16 PM
The real question is, is it big enough to fit 5 weetabix in? If not, chuck it.

Gerry1of1
Male, 50-59, Western US
 33696 Posts
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:04:29 PM

Ya know what would have been great?
Actually showing us the damn bowl.

Squrlz4Sale
Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 5982 Posts
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:55:15 PM
Link: Bowl Bought At Yard Sale Sells For $2.2M [Rate Link] - A jaw-dropping story of an incredible buy.


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