Ancient bronze vase returned to China after a century
The vessel, the largest of its kind ever discovered in China, was unearthed in Hunan province back in 1919 and in 1924 was sold to an individual in Shanghai. The buyer auctioned the item off to foreign collectors, after which, it traveled to various auctions in countries including the US, the UK, France and Japan.
The wine vessel ended up at Christie's in 2001 and reportedly fetched 9.246 million USD—a record high for Asian art work in the international circuit at the time.
Source: Shanghaiist [June 22, 2014]