Friday 18 August 2017

Vase sells at Irish auction for €740,000 - 'We're quite pleased'

The vase was originally valued at €800-€1,200
The vase was originally valued at €800-€1,200

Daniel O'Connor

A Chinese vase originally valued at €800-€1,200 has sold at auction for €740,000, in what is believed to be the highest ever sale for an art object in Ireland.

The Qing Period Blue and White Double Gourd Vase went under the hammer at Sheppard’s Auction House in Durrow, Co. Laois today.

Despite being given a guide price of no more than €1,200, one man from Paris splurged €740,000 to take the 18th century piece home.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Phillip Sheppard of Sheppard’s Auction House spoke about the incredible sale.

He said: "Sometimes at these sales you get what’s called a sleeper, and this was such a sleeper.

“While it doesn’t happen every day, it’s not unheard of… We’re quite pleased.”

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The auction house says that the sale is the highest price ever achieved at auction in Ireland for an art object.

The previous record was broken in November 2013 when a Chinese imperial seal sold at auction for €630,000.

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