HONG KONG, 4 April 2012 – On the last day of our Hong Kong Spring Sale Series, a world auction record for Song Ceramics was set when An Outstanding Ruyao Washer From The Northern Song Dynasty sold for an astounding HK$207.86 million / US$26.65 million, more than tripling the pre-sale estimate (est. HK$60-80 million / US$7.7-10.3 million). Eight bidders competed for over 15 minutes for the extraordinarily rare 900-year-old flower-shaped bowl which is arguably the most desirable piece of Ru official ware remaining in private hands.
This piece that sold today (shown above) broke the record set by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in April 2008 for a Song Ceramic when An Outstanding “Guan” Mallet Vase sold for HK$67,527,500 / US$8,641,494. Stay tuned for an update later this week on our complete five-day Sale Series in Hong Kong.