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An eighth-century tortoise-shell vanity box, said to be a gift from the Tang Dynasty palace to Emperor Shomu, will be auctioned in Hong Kong and may fetch more than $5 million, according to Sotheby’s.

The octagonal box, measuring 35.6 cm across and embedded with mother-of-pearl and amber in shapes like flowers, is the highlight of Sotheby’s planned April 8 sale of antiques, gems and paintings, the first of its biannual auctions in the city this year that set benchmark prices for Asia’s art market.

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