Imperial Huanghuali Table With A £1000 Estimate Sells For £278,000 In The UK

A small wooden Chinese altar table that went unnoticed in a family home for many years has sold at auction in the UK for more than 200 times its initial estimates of £1,000.

The table was bought bought by a Chinese mainland buyer in what the auctioneer described as a bidding war.

There was a lot of speculation flying around before the auction about the table with rumors abound that the table was actually an imperial piece made for a Chinese emperor who ruled during the 19th century.

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$41.6 Million – Most Expensive Chinese Porcelain Ever Sold

Genuine Chinese antiques frequently change hands for significant sums, especially imperial porcelain pieces. Collectors often scour trade fairs and private dealerships, hoping to find a new addition to showcase. It’s at auction that the serious business often unfolds, though.

Back in 2017, a collector placed a ceramic Ru Guanyao brush washer for sale by Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Dating back to the Northern Song dynasty (dated 907-1127, for the uninitiated), this lot sold for an eye-watering £27 million. That was a world record for an antique ceramic hailing from China – until now. In June 2021, a lot sold that shattered this record.

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Father-and-Son Stole Over £1.5m in Chinese Antiques from a 96-Year-Old Widow

Given the potential value of authentic Chinese antiques, it’s always a thrill to find such an item for sale at a boot sale or in an antique shop. Naturally, plenty of Asian decorative objects carry comparatively little financial value. Some can generate a significant windfall, though, as an unscrupulous father-and-son team of light-fingered gardeners discovered.

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Baijiu Auction – Sotheby’s Launch First UK Baijiu Auction

Baijiu Auction - Sotheby's Launch First UK Baijiu Auction

Anybody with a passing interest in baijiu will be aware of the value of Kweichow Moutai. Considered by many to be the finest baijiu of all (we’re inclined to disagree, but that’s another story), this brand is famously expensive. It’s also highly collectable, often selling for eye-watering sums at auction.

Further Reading: V.I.P Jiu 8 – Vs – Kweichow Moutai

June 2nd saw bidding open on a crate of 24 bottles of Sunflower 1974, another jewel in the Kweichow Moutai crown, at Sotheby’s in London. The lot is estimated to raise up to £45,000. Anything can happen at auction, though, especially as these bottles remain housed in their original crate.

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Chinese Antique Dealer Buys Rare Song Dynasty Book For Pennies And Sells It For 26 Million

An antiques dealer in China’s Nanchang area, who is well known for being a scholar of antiques, visits his local antique market every day hoping to find genuine items among all the fakes offered for sale.

Mr Wang is a serious scholar of Chinese antiques, it has always been his dream to find something rare that has been missed by other antique dealers.

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