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  • Qianlong vase initially valued at $1300 sets record price of $69 million at auction

    Its been happening so frequently that these headlines are almost starting to become old news. Still, it does make you want to go poking around in your grandmothers attic… Neglected Family Vase Sets 66 million Record for Chinese Art at Auction Apparently the  18th-century  Qianlong-era porcelain vase was discovered while cleaning out a modest London […]

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  • The 47,000 USD dollar tooth brush holder – Chinese porcelain brush pot in owners bathroom sells at auction for staggering sum.

    Here’s a great tidbit from the Dailyrecord:  China pot which owner used as toothbrush holder sells for £30k at auction. Quick – everyone run into their bathrooms right now to see what you got in there! I have a pristine tube of Crest toothpaste which I have been holding onto for years – definitely going […]

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  • Chinese buyer who refused to pay for looted bronzes weeps as he realizes that his credibility is shot.

    Without saying if I agree or disagree, here are two interesting articles which I picked up off the Museum Security Network website (though one was originally from Bloomberg) regarding last years controversial auction of  a bronze heads of a rat and a rabbit looted from  Beijing’s Summer Palace  in 1860 .  Interesting perspectives – one […]

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  • China Coal City’s Tycoons Splurge on Antiques as Dealers Swoop

    These days there is a TON of news articles about the art market and China’s insatiable demand for Chinese artworks and antiques. Did I mention there was a ton of these articles recently? Regardless, this is one of the more interesting ones… June 26 (Bloomberg) — Few people gave Zhao Xin a second look when […]

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  • Sotheby’s sues Chinese buyers for ‘non-payment’

    Interesting article on the FT website. You are not supposed to reprint their articles in full so, here is a few of the more relevant clippings from the article: Sotheby’s is suing two mainland Chinese buyers for HK$2.1m ($270,000) in Hong Kong after they allegedly failed to pay for five Chinese paintings and an antique incense […]

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  • Chinese vase valued at €150 sells for €110,000 at auction

    “I have a lot of people approach me with inquires about selling porcelain collections they have either inherited or amassed over the years. I am guessing this might be one of the reasons why:” THE OWNERS of a Chinese imperial vase which sold for €110,000 at a Co Laois auction on Tuesday – a record-breaking […]