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(FILES) In a file picture taken on March
(FILES) In a file picture taken on March
(FILES) In a file picture taken on March 5, 2012, an Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is expected to fetch 7.7 million to 10.3 million USD, is shown at a Sotheby's press conference in Hong Kong. A rare Chinese porcelain bowl from the Northern Song Dynasty sold for 26.7 million USD, a record auction price for Song ceramics on April 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM / FILES (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)
TO WITH: China-HongKong-Taiwan-culture-h
TO WITH: China-HongKong-Taiwan-culture-h
TO WITH: China-HongKong-Taiwan-culture-history-art-auction,FOCUS by Sebastien Blanc Auction house staff members show of the rare flower-shaped Ru dish from the Northern Song Dynasty (1086-1125) featuring six sharp notches on the edge with a subtly translucent matte glaze, believed to be the only one of its type in the world, and is expected to fetch more than USD10 million when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong next month, as it goes on display in Beijing on March 10, 2012. Chinese art prices have rocketed in recent years, fuelled by China's economic boom and a steady demand from rich Asian collectors, especially mainland Chinese buyers. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is ex
An Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is ex
An Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is expected to fetch 7.7 million to 10.3 million USD, is displayed at a Sotheby's press conference in Hong Kong on March 5, 2012. Sotheby's is set to offer a variety of items spanning the Northern Song dynasty to the Qing dynasty of China in their Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Spring Sale Series 2012 which will be held on April 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)
An Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is ex
An Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is ex
An Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is expected to fetch 7.7 million to 10.3 million USD, is shown at a Sotheby's press conference in Hong Kong on March 5, 2012. Sotheby's is set to offer a variety of items spanning the Northern Song dynasty to the Qing dynasty of China in their Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Spring Sale Series 2012 which will be held on April 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)
TO WITH: China-HongKong-Taiwan-culture-h
TO WITH: China-HongKong-Taiwan-culture-h
TO WITH: China-HongKong-Taiwan-culture-history-art-auction,FOCUS by Sebastien Blanc An auction house staff member poses with a rare flower-shaped Ru dish from the Northern Song Dynasty (1086-1125) featuring six sharp notches on the edge with a subtly translucent matte glaze, believed to be the only one of its type in the world, and is expected to fetch more than USD10 million when it goes under the hammer in Hong Kong next month, as it goes on display in Beijing on March 10, 2012. Chinese art prices have rocketed in recent years, fuelled by China's economic boom and a steady demand from rich Asian collectors, especially mainland Chinese buyers. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
An Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is ex
An Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is ex
An Outstanding Ruyao Washer, which is expected to fetch 7.7 million to 10.3 million USD, is held by the Deputy Chairman for Sotheby's Asia, Nicolas Chow, at a press conference in Hong Kong on March 5, 2012. Sotheby's is set to offer a variety of items spanning the Northern Song dynasty to the Qing dynasty of China in their Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Spring Sale Series 2012 which will be held on April 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO / AARON TAM (Photo credit should read aaron tam/AFP/Getty Images)
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