18th century Chinese moon flask sells for 4.1 million euros
2018-06-12 16:01:00

French auctioneer Aymeric (L) and Philippe Rouillac (R) hold a rare blue, white and celadon porcelain moon flask belonging to the emperor Qianlong is pictured during auction party on June 10, 2018 at the Artigny's castle in Montbazon./VCG Photo

A rare porcelain moon flask that belonged to the 18th century Chinese Emperor Qianlong has been sold for 4.1 million euros (4.8 million US dollars) after a bidding war at an auction in France.

The blue, white and celadon flask, which is more than 200-years-old, was bought by a French woman who outbid 17 Chinese buyers during a sale that lasted about ten minutes, according to auctioneers who described the buy as "historic and legendary".

Including fees, the final sale totaled more than five million euros – ten times the auction's opening price of 500,000 euros.

Emperor Qianlong, one of the longest serving Chinese emperors who ruled for much of the 18th Century, was an avid art collector.

Source: CGTN Editor: Hiram