Qing Dynasty Chinese vase sells for truly staggering amount at auction in the Midlands
A Chinese vase was sold for a staggering €1.2 million, a record price, in an auction in the Midlands on Friday.
The 54cm tall Chinese Celado had been valued between €800-€1,200.
It was sold by auctioneer Michael Sheppard during the Castlehyde two-day sale at Sheppard’s Auctions in Laois.
It was not part of the Michael Flatley Castlehyde collection.
The vase bears the six character mark of Yong Zheng (1723-1735), part of the Qing Dynasty.
The €1.2million sale sets a new Irish record for an art object sold at public auction, according to Philip Sheppard.
The vase was purchased by a Taiwan-based collector.
Bidding started at €500 and continued for several minutes until just two contenders remained - one on the telephone and the second, an online bidder. The hammer fell in favour of the telephone bidder at €1.2 million.
“We are thrilled to have created a new Irish record. To do so with a live online sale at this value level is a tribute to the professionalism of the team at Sheppard’s, most of whom are working from home,” said Philip Sheppard.
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