Sarasota auctioneer sells Chinese bowl for $1.15 million
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Sarasota auctioneer sells Chinese bowl for $1.15 million

The latest in entertainment Read the award-winning project Alan Amero says the sale set a record for Southwest Florida auctions. Nobody will be eating Froot Loops out of this bowl. What must be one of history’s best-selling antique bowls fetched over $1 million dollars during an international auction staged recently in Sarasota. In a lengthy bidding war on the internet and phone, an anonymous Asian bidder living in Italy snagged this centuries-old bowl for a “hammer price” of $1.15 million, hammer price being auction lingo for the winning bid but not counting the premium, in this case 18%. Grand total: $1,357,000. So I thought that was the top price paid for a bowl. Ever. Not even close. More later. The 10-inch diameter bowl dates back to the Song (Sung) Dynasty, 960-1279 AD. The Kuan ware boasts a greyish-celadon crackle glaze and was a large brush washer with 20 spur points. Crackle means the piece looks cracked but that’s fabricated. Nobody took a hammer to this. Brush washer means exactly what the phrase says: artists used these bowls to wash their brushes. Google “spur points” and you’ll find a dizzying array of definitions, but apparently this refers to the bottom […]

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