The most valuable item at an auction by Elite Decorative Arts is a rare Chinese jade sculpture of a bear, weighing 40 pounds and 14 inches high. The bear dates back to Eastern Han Dynasty, 474-B.C, TO 220-A.D. and is the largest sculpture of the time. At auction, the bear is expected to go between $10 and $20 million. Extensive calcification is evidence of the centuries that the bear has been buried. The bear was intended for someone of importance, a ruler with whom the bear would have been buried.
There are nearly 400 lots, with some other Oriental antiques expected to fetch more than $100,000. As Chinese antiques are in huge demand and Florida is now experiencing the tourist season, the auction is expected to draw a large, enthusiastic crowd. Other antiques will feature at the auction, including jewellery, fine art, silver antique clocks and porcelain. Another rare piece which is expected to raise a huge sum, is a Chinese goblet made of white jade. A similar piece was sold by Christies for $856,000 in 2006.
Other objects will be sold at auction on 10th December 2011, with over 400 lots on offer. Although auctions for Chinese antiques are extremely popular at the present time, some people prefer to stroll around antiques stores waiting for something to catch their eye. For instance, if you are looking for antique furniture in the UK, you may discover antique marquetry furniture in the Lancashire or Preston area.
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