Valuable Ming Dynasty Bowl Discovered at Yard Sale

A rare Ming Dynasty Bowl, valued between $300,000 and $500,000, was purchased last year at a New Haven, Connecticut garage sale for $35 dollars.

The 15th century artifact is now being offered at Sotheby’s auction in New York. Only six comparable dishes are known to exist today, according to Sotheby’s, each of them housed in prominent museums, including Taipei’s Palace Museum, the National Museum of Iran, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The rare find, known as “the lotus bowl,” will be featured in Sotheby’s “Asia Week” exhibit running from March 12 to March 14, which aims to showcase pieces representative of the continent.


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