Vase, accidentally found in a box of shoes, was sold for €16 million

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Bidding started with the amount of €500-700 thousand, but the rates rose quickly: presumably, the vase was purchased by a collector from China.

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On June 12, during the Sotheby’s auction in Paris, a Chinese vase of the 18th century left from under a hammer, which was accidentally found in an old box of shoes. The last few decades the vase has lain in the attic in one of the country houses in France, along with other items that have been handed down from generation to generation by inheritance, Euronews writes.

“This person took the train, the suburban lines, the metro, and then came here on foot and pushed through the doors of Sotheby’s until they reached my office,” says Olivier Valmier, an expert at the auction house. — the vase was in a shoe box protected with newspaper. And when they put the box on my desk and we opened it, we were all stunned by the beauty of the piece.”

According to representatives of Sotheby’s, the family that sold the vase, guessed about the possible value of the thing, but did not expect that they could get such huge money for it. The name of the buyer is not disclosed: presumably, the lot was purchased by a young collector from China.

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