Chinese imperial seal sells for 21 million euros

Chinese imperial seal sells for 21 million euros

Chinese imperial seal sells for 21 million euros

Written by Staff Writer

15 Dec, 2016 | 4:04 pm

An 18th Century Chinese imperial seal has been sold for a record €21m (£18m, $22m) – more than 20 times its estimated price.

Decorated with stylised dragons, the symbol of imperial authority, the extremely rare stamp in red and beige and red soapstone, it was used to seal the personal paintings of Emperor Qianlong, seen as the longest serving emperor in Chinese history.

The nine dragons that decorate the seal’s sides symbolise both his masculine power and imperial authority, the auction house said.

The sale, to an unnamed Chinese collector, took place in Paris on Wednesday after a heated bidding war, Drouot auction house said.

The previous record set for an auctioned seal was €14m in 2011.

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