"The Chicken Cup " Most expensive Chinese porcelain ever sold at auction!
A small Ming dynasty -era bowl dubbed the chicken cup sold for 281.2 million Hong Kong dollars (US$36.3 million ) at a Sotheby’s Auction,setting a record for the most expensive Chinese porcelain ever sold at auction.Chicken cups have long been prized among wealthy Chinese, with classical literature referencing the small wares, saying aristocrats and emperors would spend fortunes for a single sample. Porcelains made during the Chenghua period are regarded as the most refined by collectors.The cup, which got its nickname thanks to the painted depiction of chickens on the side of the cup, is one of 19 chicken cups are known to exist in the world. All but four are in museum collections.
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