Has Liu Yiqian got his $36m. back?

It seemed like the sale of the century when Shanghai taxi driver turned billionaire, 52 year-old Liu Yiqian, spent over US$36million on a tiny 500 year-old chicken cup at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong in July 2014. Those who thought he was mad, felt their fears confirmed when he paid for it ( with 24 separate swipes of his Amex card) and promptly sat down and drank tea from it.wpid-liu-drinks-from-chicken-cup-lr.jpg.jpeg

It seemed like an awful lot of money: he beat London art dealer Eskenazi to the post. But in Shanghai three weeks ago, we picked up word on the street that he has made all the $36m. back already. Apparently, he licensed reproduction of the chicken bowl and more than 100,000 have been produced in Jingdezhen, the porcelain city. They sell at around $50-60 a piece, complete with elegant box and are, indeed, selling like hotcakes! There is also a rather more expensive replica at around $1,000. He presented one of the replicas to the UK’s Prince William on his visit to Shanghai recently.

The production quality is really quite good and it has caught on with Chinese who can’t quite afford the real thing but would like to grace their coffee table with something associated with great wealth. There is also a rather more expensive reproduction for the better heeled.



Two views of the reproduction chicken bowl, above


2 thoughts on “Has Liu Yiqian got his $36m. back?

  1. I have a bowl Imperial under the queen of the Queen long it is a 6 character it has China on the back the side the marking 6 characters reading right to left it has beautiful color it’s all stamped marked end of the period was the Qi aalong. Gia Qing the year of the great. Which was made into of the Qi along is ball passed down to me is a beautiful color and has us then hairline cracks and has been fixed the height of the ball is three and one half inches the width is 7 inches the depth inside the bowl is 3 1/8 the ring base is 2 3/4. this was brought in the United States prior to 1920 in was China did not no longer put China on the back of the bowl or any kind of dishes or aware this was an imperial gift and it is stamped so it would date from 1890 or before 1920 was during the 18th to 19th century Chinese and they really dated just a few its original china porcelain and potteryI will be putting pictures attached with this so you may have them for their look at this that I was it was passed on me after my mother passed away December 2010 it was given to her by mrs. Lucille Craig Jackson the owner of the CL Downey company in Hannibal Missouri and CL Downey passed away or prior to that which can be all checked out the business is still located on callback Street in Hannibal Missouri Mrs Jackson was a millionaire at the time of her death 1990 my mother was her sole caregiver and SAT with her until the time of her death she was told that as long as she held onto this bowl she would never be poor so at this time my family and I my husband and myself like to see if we could this bowl on auction so others may enjoy it in China will have back a piece of their history so if anybody is looking to buy this I’d appreciate it if you could either call me or please email me back thank you for your time sincerely Mary wheeler

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