Yesterday, Sotheby's sold a 5-inch ceramic bowl for $2.2 million to a London dealer of Oriental art. No biggie, right? Precious objects trade for precious sums on daily basis. What makes this sale so unusual is that the bowl was originally purchased at a New York garage sale in 2007 for $3. THREE DOLLARS.
The family kept the bowl on their fireplace mantel for several years before investigating its origins with experts. It turns out the bowl is from the Northern Song Dynasty which ruled China from 960 to 1127, and "the only other known bowl of similar size and design has been in the collection of the British Museum for more than 60 years."
Does anyone else hope West Elm knocks off this beauty? That sawtooth design is on point!