A Chinese vase that looks to be Qianlong period to me was recently offered for sale at an auction in Sarasota with a presale estimate of $200 to $400.
Others around the world must have also thought the vase to be from the Qianlong period, as it smashed its presale estimate to sell to a Chinese mainland buyer for a whopping $613,600.
The vase of square form painted in the famille rose colours with applied climbing boys is a type of vase I have seen before offered for sale in the big auction rooms and described as Qianlong. The vase measured over 12 inches tall and look to have some minor damage.
As well as minor damage, the vase was missing one of the figures of a climbing boy. The buyer of the vase was bidding via telephone and was from mainland China as far as we can ascertain.
The vase had been consigned for sale from a local estate and was estimated at its low price as it was thought the vase was a republic period piece, but later on a representative for Amero said it was an Imperial piece, circa 1750. The house received interest from around the world and saw competition from several phone bidders as well as online competition.