askST: What if I find rare antique in my attic?

Attic antique: Experts had expected this exquisite porcelain vase made for Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong to go for a modest €500,000. Instead, it sold for more than 30 times the estimated price at Sotheby's in Paris on Tuesday.
Attic antique: Experts had expected this exquisite porcelain vase made for Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong to go for a modest €500,000. Instead, it sold for more than 30 times the estimated price at Sotheby's in Paris on Tuesday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Auction sale of Qing vase - found in a shoebox - for $25m raises questions on astronomical prices

A Chinese Qing Dynasty vase found in a shoebox in a French attic sold for €16.2 million (S$25.3 million) on Tuesday at a Sotheby's auction in Paris - more than 30 times its expected price.

It is every homeowner's fantasy to find an antique or art piece somewhere in the house that turns out to be fabulously valuable, says art adviser and curator Wang Zineng.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'What if I find rare antique in my attic?'. Print Edition | Subscribe