Source: China State Council Information Office 3
An ancient Chinese blue-and-white porcelain flask sold for 610,000 euros (about US$672,247) at an auction in Ireland, local media RTE reported on Friday.
The auction was held at Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, a town in County Laois in south-east Ireland on Thursday, said the report.
The auction house described the flask as a rare artifact produced in the Yongle period of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), which extended from 1402 to 1424.
According to the report, the bidding price for the flask started at 80,000 euros and after rounds of bidding the flask went to a buyer from the Chinese mainland, whose identity is not disclosed.
The flask had been owned by a family from Cork City in southern Ireland since the 1960s, said the report.
Details about the family were not disclosed. (1 euro = 1.1 U.S. dollars)