Hong Kong — A 1,000-year-old bowl from China’s Song Dynasty sold for $37.7m in Hong Kong on Tuesday, breaking the record for Chinese ceramics, auction house Sotheby’s said. The small piece — which dates from 960-1127 — stole the previous record of $36.05m set in 2014 for a Ming Dynasty wine cup, which was snapped up by a Shanghai tycoon famous for making eye-watering bids. The person behind Tuesday’s winning offer wished to remain anonymous, Sotheby’s said, with the auction house declining to say whether the buyer hailed from the Chinese mainland or not. "It’s a totally new benchmark for Chinese ceramics and we’ve made history with this piece today," Nicolas Chow, deputy chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, told reporters. Bidding started at around $10.2m with the suspense-filled auction lasting about 20 minutes as a handful of phone bidders and one person in the room itself competed with each other. The winning offer eventually came from one of the phone bidders and was received by a round ...

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