Geneva, Switzer­land

Bid­ding war over vase

The Week - Junior - - Around The World -

When a Chi­nese vase came up for sale at an auc­tion house in Geneva on 21 Septem­ber, it wasn’t ex­pected to sell for a re­mark­able sum – no more than the high­est es­ti­mate of £611. The blue and yel­low vase, which de­picts three dragons, is thought to date back to the 20th cen­tury, but it has one small mark that could mean it is a lot older and more valu­able. Af­ter a fierce bid­ding war, it sold for £3.8 mil­lion – 10,000 times the orig­i­nal low­est es­ti­mate of £382.

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