Chinese vase that once sold for $56 just went for more than $12 million

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“A Chinese vase that once sold for $56 just went for more than $12 million at a Saturday auction.” Global News reports.

The vase in question, described by Sotheby’s as a “lost masterpiece,” was identified as an 18th-century artifact by Dutch art consultant Johan Bosch van Rosenthal, who happened upon it while visiting an elderly client’s home.

The unusual design — a mix of turquoise, purple and gold colors with lattice and flora detailing — was made for the Qianlong emperor, Sotheby’s says, and sat for 50 years in a remote home in central Europe.

It somehow survived all these years, despite being surrounded by the previous owner’s many cats and dogs.

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