Back in 2007, a New York family bought what they thought was merely a decorative ceramic bowl, no bigger than an average cereal bowl, went home and put it up on their mantel.
The price they paid for the decorative piece with an etched saw-toothed pattern around the outside - $3 at a garage sale.
The bowl most likely collected dust on the mantel and was moved with little caution when cleaning around it, the owners not knowing the true value of the dish.
But today, the family is $2.2 million dollars richer (minus commissions) thanks to their garage sale “find.”
“Sotheby’s said the bowl was from the Northern Song Dynasty, which ruled China from 960 to 1127 and is known for its cultural and artistic advances,” NBC News reported.
“The only other known bowl of similar size and design has been in the collection of the British Museum for more than 60 years,” which means the art piece is an extremely rare one.
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