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New York garage US$3-bowl sells for US$2.2m at auction
紐約舊貨攤三美元的碗 拍賣會以兩百二十萬美元賣出

A small Chinese pottery bowl that started as a US$3 tag sale only to turn into a massive windfall that sold for US$2.23 million during an auction at Sotheby’s in New York on March 19.
以三美元買入的這個照片中的中國小陶碗,在三月十九日在紐約的蘇富比拍賣會上,搖身一變,以兩百二十三萬美元賣出。

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照片:法新社

A rare Chinese bowl bought for about US$3 from a yard sale in the US sold for $2.2 million at an auction in New York on March 19.

The Ding bowl from the Northern Song Dynasty was bought for US$3 in 2007.

The bowl “was bought for a few dollars from a tag sale near the consignor’s home in the summer of 2007,” said Cecilia Leung of Sotheby’s. “At the time, the purchaser had no idea that they had happened upon a 1,000-year-old treasure.”

The previous owner displayed the bowl in their living room for several years before they became curious about its origins and had it assessed. Sotheby’s pre-sale estimates valued the bowl, which measures just 12.7cm in diameter, at between US$200,000 to US$300,000.

The bowl sparked a sales battle before being snapped up by London dealer Guiseppe Eskenazi.

The only other known bowl of the same size, form and almost identical decoration has been in the collection of the British Museum in London for over 60 years, according to Sotheby’s.

(Liberty Times)

美國一場舊貨拍賣活動上以約三美元價格買入的稀有中國碗,三月十九日在紐約一場拍賣會上以兩百二十萬美元賣出。

這個出自北宋的定窯碗,在二○○七年被人以三美元買下。

這個碗「是二○○七年夏天在委託人住家附近的一場舊貨拍賣活動上,花幾美元買的」,蘇富比公司的塞希莉亞.梁說。「當時,買家不知道他們撿到了一個千年寶物。」

這名曾經擁有此碗的人,把這個碗放在他們家客廳好幾年後,對它的來歷產生好奇,就把它送交鑑定。蘇富比在拍賣前預估這個直徑只有十二點七公分的碗,價值約二十萬到三十萬美元之間。

這個碗引起競標,最後由倫敦商人吉瑟比.艾斯肯納齊搶得。

根據蘇富比說法,目前所知唯一另一個同尺寸、形式和裝飾幾乎一模一樣的碗,已由倫敦大英博物館收藏六十多年。

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. happen upon v. phr.

意外發現;意外遇到 (yi4 wai4 fa1 xian4; yi4 wai4 yu4 dao4)

例: We happened upon the boy wandering in a street at night.

(我們意外遇到這個半夜在街頭遊蕩的男孩。)

2. curious adj.

好奇的 (hao4 qi2 de5)

例: He is curious about the development of the case.

(他對這案情發展感到好奇。)

3. snap up v. phr.

搶得 (qiang3 de2)

例: I snapped up some great deals at the yard sale.

(我在這場舊貨拍賣活動上搶得一些好康。)


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