The World of the Rare: One Precious Ming Vase
One of the most interesting categories is often vases. Small, fragile and exquisitely valuable, vases, especially from ancient Chinese dynasties can fetch millions. In April of 2006, a 20-inch high blue and white Yuan Dynasty vase fetched over $2 million. That sounds rare but at the end of May 2006, casino owner Steve Wynn paid even more for a rare vase. The small copper red and white porcelain vase, is a 14th century Ming vase decorated in scrolling flowers. It is from the exceptionally rare Hongwu period and went for 78,520,000 Hong Kong dollars ($10.9 million) making it the world's most expensive vase. While many thought that Wynn, one of the world's top collectors, would squirrel the little treasure off to his collection he gave it to a Macau museum. An avid collector willing to part with a treasure immediately might be the rarest treasure of all.