British media say an Englishman bought a Chinese vase at a charity shop for 1 pound (about 9 yuan,), which was identified as qianlong’s product and sold for 484,000 pounds. The vase sparked a bidding war after it was auctioned off on the Ebenet website on November 9th, with the last buyer buying it for a total of 484,000 pounds, six times the auction house’s floor price of 80,000 pounds.
Initially, the original buyer of the vase did not realize its worth until he was shocked by the offer. He then removed the purchase of the vase from the website and took it to experts at the British art auction house Sworders, who told him it had been made for Emperor Qianlong, who was in power in 1735(60 years in power).
Reported that Qianlong pink rose bottle with a sign, indicating that it is designed for the emperor’s palace. The vase is pear-shaped, with a flat back fixed on the wall and a floral decoration on the front.
“The buyer picked out the vase in the charity shop because he liked the look of it,” said the head of The Sworders’ Asian art department. Unaware of its importance, he put it on the Ebay website at a very low starting price, causing ‘onlookers’. ”
The seller, who did not want to be named, said he was “overjoyed” by the results and that he would spend the money on his three-year-old daughter’s future life.