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Ming-era 'chicken cup' breaks record for Chinese porcelain

Published on Apr 8, 2014 6:06 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - A Ming Dynasty wine cup broke the world auction record for Chinese porcelain in Hong Kong on Tuesday, after it was bought for US$36.05 million (S$45 million, HK$281.24 million) by Shanghai tycoon Liu Yiqian, Sotheby's said.

The tiny white porcelain cup, decorated with a colour painting of a rooster and a hen tending to their chicks, was made during the reign of the Chenghua Emperor between 1465 and 1487.

The sale set a record for Chinese porcelain, according to the auction house, beating the US$32.58 million paid for a gourd-shaped vase from the Qianlong period in 2010.

It also far exceeded the previous world record for Ming Dynasty porcelain, which was set by a blue and white vase that fetched HK$168.66 million in 2011.

The Meiyintang Chenghua 'Chicken Cup' is displayed by deputy chairman for Sotheby's Asia Nicolas Chow after it was sold for a record price in Hong Kong on April 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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