Thursday, December 26, 2013

Ottawa Auction's $1,000,000 Surprise

When a blue and white plate came in to Walker’s Auctions in Ottawa it seemed like any other nice antique Chinese plate, however it would soon become obvious that the initial estimate of $700-$900 was a little low, and boy were they right.

While experts are saying there has been a slight dip in the remarkably buoyant Chinese art and antique market, it was barely noticeable the night this plate hit the auction block, as the bidding ended at just over $1,000,000 million dollars.
Originating from a Belleville, Ontario estate it had been willed to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art who in turn sent it to auction to raise funds. And that it did.
The foreign buyer who had flown in to specifically bid on the plate wished to remain anonymous.
Happy Holidays!

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