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18th century Chinese moon flask sells for 4.1 million euros

AFP  |  Montbazon (France) 

A rare moon flask that belonged to the 18th century Chinese has been sold for 4.1 million euros (USD 4.8 million) after a bidding war at an in

The blue, white and celadon flask -- more than 200-years-old -- was bought by a French woman who outbid 17 Chinese buyers during a sale that lasted about ten-minutes, according to auctioneers who described the buy as "historic and legendary".

The final sale including fees totalled more than 5 million euros -- ten times the auction's opening price of 500,000 euros.

Qianlong, one of the longest serving Chinese emperors who ruled for much of the 18th Century, was an

The round-shaped moon flask has eight Buddhist symbols in stylised lotus petals and bears the seal of the It was discovered by chance in April in a French castle during a valuation of antiques and its original owners remain anonymous.

The buyer, who bid over the phone during the at in Montbazon, central France, s expected to keep the flask at her apartment in but it could potentially be loaned to a museum in future, the said.

According to the Philippe Rouillac, the flask was probably brought back from by a

art specialist said the flask is one of two flasks from Emperor that exist.

The other flask was sold for 1.8 million euros at in Hong Kong in 2016.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 00:40 IST