Tiny teacup sells for £21.5m!

Published Friday, Apr 11 2014, 19:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Although this teacup may not look like much, it's worth a fortune – £21.5 million to be precise.

The dainty china was recently sold at an auction in Hong Kong, breaking records as the most expensive Chinese porcelain ever sold in such a sale.

Chicken cup

© Rex Features / Li Peng

Known as a rare Ming Dynasty 'chicken cup', this teeny tiny cup is decorated with a rooster and hen tending to their chicks. It measures just eight centimeters in diameter and is 500 years old.

The pricey piece was sold at an auction set up by Sotheby's, a company that specialises in global art and antiques. It was bought by a Chinese collector for HK$281.2m - £21.5m.

The only other item that has come close to making as much money was the previous holder of the record - a vase that went for an eye watering £19.3 million back in 2010.

Bottom of chicken cup

© Rex Features / Li Peng

Just 17 of these rare cups exist in the world – four of which are owned privately and the rest are in museums.

Who'd have thought such a small cup could cost so much cash?!

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