Ming Dynasty Wine Cup Sells at Auction for $36 Million

Art sells for millions every auction season, and, often, the most expensive are large-scale pieces by seminal Western artists. But at a recent Shanghai Sotheby’s sale, a minuscule porcelain cup made history. Time reports that the piece, a 15th cenutry Ming Dynasty porcelain wine cup, sold for $36 million. Just one of nineteen made during the reign of the Chenghua Emperor, the rooster and hen decorated vessel “is really the holy grail when it comes to Chinese art,” according to a Sotheby’s deputy chairman. The buyer, Liu Yiqian, says it will one day appear on display in the Long Museum, which covers traditional and modern Chinese art. [Time]