A monumental Fencai Imperial Qing Dynasty vase auctioned for $24.7 million at Skinner in Boston on Wednesday night, setting a record as the top grossing lot ever sold in New England, and topping all sales of Qing Dynasty vases in the U.S. The Skinner Asian Works of Art auction coincides with Asia Week, and this vase has surpassed all other objects sold during the event to date.
An intensely focused and enthusiastic crowd packed the auction room, and most rose to their feet as the vase soared past the $10 million mark. After spirited bidding from multiple bidders present in the room and participating by phone, the hammer fell to a round of applause.
"Boston is a vibrant and essential marketplace for Asian works of art," said Skinner's Karen Keane.