Nicolas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby's Asia, holds the Northern Song dynasty brush washer sold for HK$294.3 million, a new auction record for Chinese ceramics. Photo: Dickson Lee

Chinese bowl auctioned for record US$37.7m in Hong Kong; buyer of rare 11th century piece unknown

Bidding for brush washer from 11th century Ru imperial kiln began at HK$80 million, and 30 bids were made before it was sold; amid speculation over who the buyer is, inquiry to Chinese collector Liu Yiqian draws a polite non-answer

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Nicolas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby's Asia, holds the Northern Song dynasty brush washer sold for HK$294.3 million, a new auction record for Chinese ceramics. Photo: Dickson Lee
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