Don’t you love stories like this. Someone bought a bowl at a garage sale paying less than $3.00 for it 2007 and had the bowl on their mantelpiece with no idea as to its real worth.
After consulting with experts, the owners consigned the bowl for auction. Sotheby’s estimated it would sell for $200,000 to $300,000. London dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi paid $2,225,000 including commission for the bowl, which measures just over five inches in diameter, at the auction in New York City in March of 2013.
Sotheby’s said the only known bowl of the same form, size and almost identical decoration has been in the collection of the British Museum in London for more than 60 years. (Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Patricia Reaney and Paul Simao)