A personal vase for the Qinglong emperor sold for $115.4 million at auction in Hong Kong yesterday, setting a price record for a work of art in Asia and a world record for Qing dynasty porcelain. 'The vase is probably the most desirable type of art that you can have,' said Henry Howard-Sneyd, managing director for Asia at Sotheby's auction house. 'Most fine decorated porcelain of that type has very close relations to the emperor himself. It wasn't made the way it was normally made, it was decorated in the workshop of Beijing's palace. This piece was made very personally for the emperor himself and is extremely rare.' The Guyuexuan vase, decorated with a pair of pheasants on a flowering branch, is just 16.5cm tall and was made to be held by the Qinglong emperor, the fourth monarch of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Four identical vases were made. One is now on display at the Tianjin Museum, a second was sold in the west in 1997, and the third was lost. 'This is such a unique object, it is a real once-in-30-year opportunity to buy,' Mr Howard-Sneyd said. Bidding started at $85 million and bounced back and forth between two collectors. After 14 exchanges, the hammer fell on local art dealer William Chak's final bid. Mr Chak, described by Mr Howard-Sneyd as 'one of the most important dealers in the world', said he might consider selling the vase in the future. The first day of autumn sales at Sotheby's yesterday generated $471.8 million, the highest single-day take at a Hong Kong auction.