A 900-year-old bowl just sold for $38 Million

A bowl made around 900 years ago has just fetched $38 million at auction, setting a new record for Chinese porcelain.

The antique Chinese bowl was made around 900 years ago during the Song Dynasty and was just sold at a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.

Sotheby’s said the bowl is a rare Ru guanyao—or ice crackle—brush washer bowl, used to clean painting and calligraphy brushes. 

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Ru Guanyao brush washer bowl from China's Song Dynasty
A Ru guanyao brush washer, from the court ware of the late Northern Song dynasty, is displayed by Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman for Sotheby's Asia, during the Sothebys Autumn Sales week in Hong Kong on September 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A Ru guanyao brush washer, from the court ware of the late Northern Song dynasty, is displayed by Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman for Sotheby's Asia, during the Sothebys Autumn Sales week in Hong Kong on September 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman for Sotheby's Asia, holds a Ru Guanyao brush washer bowl from China's Song Dynasty during a press conference after its record breaking sale for 37.7 million USD at the Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales in Hong Kong on October 3, 2017. The 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold at auction for 37.7 million USD on October 3 breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sothebys said. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A Ru Guanyao brush washer bowl from China's Song Dynasty is displayed during a press conference after its record breaking sale for 37.7 million USD at the Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales in Hong Kong on October 3, 2017. The 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold at auction for 37.7 million USD on October 3 breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sothebys said. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A Ru Guanyao brush washer bowl from China's Song Dynasty is displayed during a press conference after its record breaking sale for 37.7 million USD at the Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales in Hong Kong on October 3, 2017. The 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold at auction for 37.7 million USD on October 3 breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sothebys said. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Visitors walk past a backlit photo of a Ru Guanyao brush washer bowl from China's Song Dynasty before its record breaking sale at the Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales in Hong Kong on October 3, 2017. The 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold at auction for 37.7 million USD on October 3 breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sothebys said. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A Sotheby's phone auctioneer (top-2nd L) raises her hand to indicate taking the final bid for the record breaking sale of a Ru Guanyao brush washer bowl from China's Song Dynasty during the Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales in Hong Kong on October 3, 2017. The 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold at auction for 37.7 million USD on October 3 breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sothebys said. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
London-based Sotheby's auctioneer Henry Howard-Sneyd (L) prepares to hit the hammer for the record breaking sale of a Ru Guanyao brush washer bowl from China's Song Dynasty during the Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales in Hong Kong on October 3, 2017. The 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold at auction for 37.7 million USD on October 3 breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sothebys said. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor walks past a backlit photo of a Ru Guanyao brush washer bowl from China's Song Dynasty before its record breaking sale at the Sotheby's Chinese Works of Art Autumn Sales in Hong Kong on October 3, 2017. The 1,000-year-old bowl from China's Song Dynasty sold at auction for 37.7 million USD on October 3 breaking the record for Chinese porcelain, auction house Sothebys said. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
A Ru guanyao brush washer, from the court ware of the late Northern Song dynasty, is displayed by Nicolas Chow, Deputy Chairman for Sotheby's Asia, during the Sothebys Autumn Sales week in Hong Kong on September 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Ru porcelain is known for its cracked glaze, as well as its ability to reflect light.

CNN Money reports the bowl came from the once-famous kilns of Ruzhou, situated in the now-central Chinese province of Henan.

Only six other Ru ceramics have appeared at an auction since 1940. The last was another Ru ice crackle bowl, selling at Sotheby’s for $27 million.

 

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