A New York family didn’t know they had bought a rare heirloom, when they purchased a ceramic bowl at a garage sale in 2007. They paid three dollars for the item, and displayed it in their living for several years. Eventually, someone get curious about where the bowl came from, and then discovered that the bowl was a 1,000 year old relic from the Northern Song Dynasty which ruled China between 960 and 1127. The bowl is white, 5 inches in diameter, and has a saw-tooth pattern engraved on the outside. The auction company said the only other known bowl like it has been in the collection of the British Museum for the past 60 years. Initial estimates valued the bowl at around $300,000, but the bidding process was so heated that it finally sold for $2.2 million.— Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Rare Chinese Bowl Picked Up for $3, Sells for $2.2 Million at Auction, By Cathy Rainone, http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/weird/199152731.html, March 20, 2013.
Matthew 13:46 (ESV) who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.