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Picture 1The 1,000-year-old Chinese bowl bought for $3 or less and sold by Sotheby's for more than $2.22mA bowl bought for $3 was sold for more than $2.22M after it was recognized as a rare 1,000-year-old Chinese relic.

Source: The Guardian

Addendum:
Tao Wang, an archaeologist who heads the Chinese art department at Sotheby’s, said that the lotus pattern in the ivory bowl is probably a Buddhist allusion, symbolizing rebirth and purity. This particular bowl would have been used not for dining, Mr. Wang noted, but for making an offering to a temple. “It’s not a simple daily object,” he said. | Source: NYT :: Finally, the Bowl Gets Its Due

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