Garage Sale Bowl Bought For $3 Sells For Over $2 Million

We all go to garage sales hoping to find a real bargain, and in the case of an unidentified woman from New York, she got more than she bargained for. The woman paid just $3 for what she thought was an ordinary bowl. She took it home and displayed it in her living room for several years before becoming curious about its origins and having it examined. It turns out that the bowl — 5 inches in diameter — is from the Northern Song Dynasty, which ruled China from 960 to 1279. When the 1,000-year-old bowl was put up for auction at Sotheby’s, it sold for $2.22 million, far above the pre-sale estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. London art dealer Giuseppe Eskenazi battled it out with four other bidders before finally securing the winning bid.