An old Chinese farmer dug up an old pot and took it home and used it as an ashtray. The old farmer had been using the pot as an ashtray for three years until one day a man named Luo Jun who collects antiques and who used to work in the Cultural Relic Bureau when he was younger was out and about in the countryside searching for antiques to buy and happened to call at the old man’s house to ask for water.
The old farmer gave Luo Jun some water and asked him to sit with him and have a smoke, as they were sitting smoking Luo Jun saw the old farmer’s ashtray. He asked the old farmer where he got the old pot from? The old farmer told Luo Jun the story of how he dug it up.
Luo recognized the piece as an ancient Junyao narcissist bowl, the old farmer told Luo he could buy the pot from him for two packs of cigarettes, to which Luo quickly agreed.
Luo rushed home with the pot and cleaned it, after cleaning his newly acquired pot he took it to experts to determine whether the pot was genuine or not, several experts agreed the pot was genuine and from the Song Dynasty.
Other antique dealers heard about the story and the pot and approached Luo with offers of up to 60,000 Yuan. Luo decided it would be best to put the piece into auction. The pot later sold at auction in Hong Kong for 1.8 Million Yuan.
(Comment: Would be nice to think Luo went back to see the old farmer and give him a share of his windfall)
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