Written by Oscar Holland, CNN

Talk about an exceptional garage sale discovery.

A rare 15-century Chinese antique bowl worth up to $500,000 was bought for just $35 at a yard sale.

So, how did it get there? Well, no one really knows, but there’s no disputing the authenticity of the bowl that is believed to be from the Ming dynasty.

Rare blue-and-white bowl from China’s Ming dynasty to be auctioned at Sotheby’s New York. Credit: Courtesy Sotheby’s

The rare small floral bowl with vibrant cobalt blue coloring and intricate designs including motifs of lotus, peony, chrysanthemum, and pomegranate blossoms will be put under the hammer at Sotheby’s auction house in New York next month, reported CNN.

Image Source: Sotheby’s

The bowl was originally commissioned by China’s imperial court during the Ming dynasty. The bowl was found at a yard sale last year near New Haven, Connecticut.

The item is valued between $300,000 and $500,000, with the top estimate roughly 14,300 times more than the $35 it was purchased for at the yard sale. 

The discovery was made last year near New Haven, Connecticut. While Sotheby’s is not disclosing the owner’s identity, the head of its Chinese art department, Angela McAteer, revealed in a phone interview that the man “didn’t haggle over the $35 asking price.”

Shortly after making the purchase, he sent photographs of the bowl to auction specialists, who identified it as an item of historical significance. “We instinctively had a very, very good feeling about it,” McAteer said.

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