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Subject:Why did this China Republic vase sell so high?
Posted By: Danny Tue, Apr 11, 2017 IP: 69.113.6.245

http://www.ebay.com/itm/382020321516?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I saw this auction on ebay last week and I was amazed at the final selling price. To sell for that much I can only assume one of 2 things: a) that it was imperial or b) that it is a famous artist. Any ideas on what went on here. I am trying to learn more about Asian antiques and I am just interested to know more about this piece. Thanks


Subject:Re: Why did this China Republic vase sell so high?
Posted By: rat Wed, Apr 12, 2017

Because at least two bidders thought it was the work of a prominent ceramic artist. Or because shill bidders bid it up to get it entered into the 2017 edition of "Prices for Chinese Porcelain at Auction" so that $100,000 price tags can now be slapped on similar items that would otherwise have sold for $100.

There are lots of possibilities, and skepticism can save you a lot of money in this field. Do not buy anything until you have read and observed a lot, and ideally handled genuine examples the type of objects you are interested in collecting. Never assume things in this field, learn for example what imperial ceramics look like.

Subject:Re: Why did this China Republic vase sell so high?
Posted By: John R Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Try this link as a possibility for an
answer to your question:
http://www.scmp.com/business/money/wealth/article/1409498/china-art-auctions-great-money-laundry

Subject:Re: Why did this China Republic vase sell so high?
Posted By: John R Fri, Apr 14, 2017

There are problems with the art market
and money laundering is one of those problems.
Not to say that this was the case for this sale, but it has become a concern for any one who sells fine art. When an item sells for
10 times more than its asking price it means
that whoever evaluated the piece in the first
place was wrong, or the buyer saw it paid
10 times more value than the seller asked.
You raised the question, only so many answers.

Subject:Re: Why did this China Republic vase sell so high?
Posted By: tim Mon, Apr 24, 2017

Chinese Republic porcelain items are hot right now.
Check out peter combs' excellent site bidamount.com , or his youtube videos where he comments on recent ebay sales , including the vase that went for nearly $100,000.


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