Yard sale find turns out to be artefact worth up to USD500,000

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Talk about your yard sale finds. A small porcelain bowl bought for USD35 at a Connecticut yard sale turned out to be a rare, 15th Century Chinese artefact worth between USD300,000 and USD500,000 that is about to go up for auction at Sotheby’s.

The white bowl adorned with cobalt blue paintings of flowers and other designs is about 16 centimetres in diameter. An antiques enthusiast came across the piece and thought it could be something special when browsing a yard sale in the New Haven area last year, according to Sotheby’s.

The piece, one of only seven such bowls known to exist in the world, will be up for auction in New York on March 17 as part of Sotheby’s Auction of Important Chinese Art.

More details on Thursday’s Borneo Bulletin