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Qianlong jade seal price soars

06-24-2010 08:48 BJT

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A jade seal of Emperor Qianlong is expected to fetch 500-million Taiwan new dollars at an auction in Taiwan. That's over 14-million US dollars, and is just one of the costly treasures up for sale.

Some 55 lots will go under the hammer, but the highlight, a Qianlong jade seal the size of a brick. Its starting price was 570-thousand US dollars, but the current estimated price is nearly 30 times that.

The seal is one of five jade seals of Qianlong. Also to be auctioned are Song dynasty murals, and a wood sculpture relic of the Goddess of Mercy.

Another featured item is a bronze Buddha created in 13th century that is currently valued ten times its starting price.

These lots belong to a private collector, and are among the 304 pieces that the owner once mortgaged to a bank.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CCTV.com

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