Rare Chinese bowl sets auction record

AFP-JIJI

A rare red “lotus bowl” from the 1662-1722 reign of Chinese Emperor Kangxi has been sold for an eye-popping $9.5 million at a Hong Kong sale, auction house Sotheby’s said.

The price set a new world record for any Chinese porcelain from the Kangxi period during the Qing Dynasty after it was bought by a Hong Kong ceramics dealer for 74 million Hong Kong dollars ($9.5 million) on Monday, Sotheby’s said.

The ruby-ground “falangcai” bowl, decorated with pink, yellow and blue lotuses, was originally expected to fetch HK$70 million during Sotheby’s six-day spring sale in Hong Kong that concluded Monday. The auctioneer said the bowl broke a 2006 record for Qing Kangxi porcelain, when a blue and white “Dragon” vase was sold for HK$22.52 million.