Rare crystal jug of PS100 fetches PS3.2 m at Christies!

October 8th, 2008 - 6:09 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Oct 8 (ANI): A rare crystal jug, which was priced at 100 pounds in January, has fetched more than 3 million pounds at an auction in London.

The 1,000-year-old carved rock crystal pitcher, also known as a ewer, is one of the most sought after pieces in the collectors world.

The rare work of art from the Islamic world was initially put up for sale in Somerset and was thought to be a cheap French claret jug.

However, the piece, considered to be priceless, was earlier sold at 220,000 pounds at an earlier auction, which was earlier declared void, reports the Telegraph.

But, it finally went under the hammer for 3,177,250 pounds at Christie’’s on Oct 7 and is now owned by an anonymous bidder.

The price of the pitcher is inclusive of the buyer’’s premium.

Made for the court of the Fatimid rulers of Cairo, Egypt around the late 10th century or early 11th century AD, the jug is the first to be offered on the open market.

It is believed to be one of only seven fully-carved surviving pieces of its kind.

The ewers were carved from a single piece of flawless rock crystal, which was hollowed out, leaving a surface just two millimetres thick. (ANI)

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