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Record-breaking Chinese artworks sold abroad in 2017

By Bi Nan | | Updated: 2017-12-27 09:13

Chinese artworks were keenly pursued on the market this year, with the number of auction items becoming bigger and bidding price getting higher.

Many auction houses overseas held special auction sessions for Chinese arts, and "made-in-China" antiques were the preferred lot.

During 2017, some precious Chinese arts fetched high prices at auctions overseas. Let’s take a look at them.


1. Chinese vase sells for $5.2m in Geneva

A Chinese vase was sold for a record five million Swiss francs ($5.18 million) at a Geneva auction house on Sept 21, 10,000 times its original valued price of between 500 to 800 Swiss francs ($517-$828).

According to the catalogue of Geneve-Encheres auction house, the 60-centimeter-tall vase, which depicts three blue dragons against a yellow backdrop, is from the 20th century but it beats an unverified mark most likely of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

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