Earlier this week we picked out from the Auctionata Chinese sale, which took place earlier today, a Kangxi meiping blue and white dragon vase which we liked http://chineseart.co.uk/uncategorized/kangxi-dragon-vases-continue-to-challenge-the-collector/ . Estimated at around 5-10,000 euros,Lot 34 duly started at 5,000 euros before being knocked down online for a staggering 875,000 euros (around $1 million).
Detail of Auctionata’s million dollar vase
The vase in question was remarkably similar to another Kangxi dragon vase knocked down by Lyon & Turnbull at their December 3 sale last year. There were two differences from last year’s vase: the elevation of the head of the dragon and the arrangement of the mark to the base.
At the time of the L&T sale, it was generally thought that the hammer price of £240,000 must surely represent the top of the market. Today’s was almost three times last year’s record . . . .