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'Chicken Cup' Sets Record as Most Expensive Piece of Chinese Art

To many it looks like any ordinary tea cup. But this 'ordinary' cup, offered at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, just set a world record as the most expensive piece of Chinese art. AUCTIONEER SAYING (English): "Fair warning. Sold at 250 million dollars." Adding in the auction house's fees and commission, the price tag for this palm sized vessel rang in at slightly north of $36 million U.S. dollars. The 'chicken cup' gets its name from the rooster, hen and chicks encircling the outside.

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