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Haven Extras Spring 2022

From rags to riches

In 2013, a man browsing in a Sydney op shop purchased an unusual cup for $4.

Its uniqueness caused him to research its origins. He sent a picture to Sotheby’s, who confirmed that it was indeed both rare and valuable. The buyer had unknowingly purchased a 17th century Chinese ‘libation cup’ carved from the horn of a rhinoceros. He went on to sell it at auction for more than $75,000.

But this story pales when compared to a lucky American who in 2007 purchased a small bowl for US$3 at a garage sale in New York state, which they went on to sell for US$2.225 million at a Sotheby’s auction. Little did the purchaser know that the bowl that they had kept on their mantelpiece, with no idea of its worth, was in fact a 1,000-year-old treasure. The Ding ware bowl was an example of Northern Song Dynasty pottery and described by Sotheby’s as remarkable and exceptionally beautiful. The only other known bowl of the same size, form and similar decoration has been in the collection of the British Museum in London for more than 60 years.

Oh that old thing

What is the oldest thing you’ve got at your house? Perhaps it’s a vintage motorbike or a toy that belonged to your grandad. Something handed down or discovered in an antique shop. Send us a photo of the item, and regale us with its backstory: how old it is, where did it come from and why do you have it. The item and story that best piques our interest will win $1,000.

How: send us a photo of the oldest item at your home, including its backstory.

Send to:

Include: your name, address, email, phone number and the name of your mortgage broker.

Dates: opens on August 12 and closes on October 13.

Winner: will be decided on October 14 and notified by telephone after this time.