Nicolas Chow, Sotheby's director for China and Southeast Asia, examines the GuYueXuan pheasant vase yesterday. A price double the previous record for Qing dynasty porcelain is expected to be realised in Hong Kong next month when Sotheby's sells the vase. The auction house expects the pheasant vase, which last sold for GBP16,000 ($219,352) in 1975 in London, to fetch more than $90 million at the auction on October 23. Sotheby's managing director for Asia, Henry Howard-Sneyd, said the previous record for Qing dynasty porcelain was about $45 million. The sale at the Island Shangri-la hotel will also include works from two family collections and is expected to bring in about $400 million - a record for a ceramics sale. Fired at the ancient Chinese 'ceramics metropolis' of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, the vase was sent to the imperial workshops in Beijing for decoration in enamel with the pheasant design under the supervision of the emperor, whose seal it bears. 'It is the single most desirable piece of porcelain today,' Mr Howard-Sneyd said. 'It is a piece that was made at the finest possible period by the finest possible makers.' He said Qing dynasty porcelain is now more highly regarded than the last time it was sold, three decades ago.