To say this is astonishing is an understatement. This posting appears all by itself because I could not conceive of anything that could possibly go with it.
An Imperial Chinese vase, thought to have been kept at the royal palace in Beijing's Forbidden City, which sold for more than £9 million at auction at Bonhams auction house in London. The buyer, from the Chinese mainland, paid £9,001,250, making the vase the highest-priced Asian artwork to be sold in London this year. Its pre-sale estimate was £5 million to £8 million but it went for a higher price following a bidding war between three separate phone buyers.
(A British pound sterling is about $1.50 U.S.)