A 900-year-old porcelain brush washer shattered a world auction record for Chinese ceramics in Hong Kong on Tuesday when it went under the hammer for HK$294.3 million ($37.68 million). Rough cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A 900-year-old porcelain brush washer shattered a world auction record for Chinese ceramics in Hong Kong on Tuesday (October 3) when it went under the hammer for HK$294.3 million ($37.68 million). The small, blue-green dish was made in the most prestigious imperial kiln known as the Ru Guanyao in the late North Song Dynasty, from roughly the 10th to 11th Century, according to auction house Sotheby's. It was sold to an anonymous buyer in Hong Kong after a 20-minute bidding war. Asia deputy chairman of Sotheby's, Nicolas Chow, would not reveal the nationality of the buyer, but said mainland Chinese interest had helped drive the price tag up on Tuesday. Items made by the Ru are extremely rare because the kiln is believed to have crafted items for less than 20 years, Sotheby's said. The brush washer is one of the four pieces of heirloom Ru ware in private hands, they added. The previous record, also set in Hong Kong, was held by a tiny over 500-year-old imperial cup painted with chickens, which sold for HK$281.24 million ($36.1 million) in 2014.