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Chinese Tea Cups At The Antiques Roadshow

Chinese Tea Cups At The Antiques Roadshow

The appraisers of the Antiques Roadshow are telling people who all the junk in their attic is basically a treasure. On the Saturday, the 23rd of July 2011, an unexpected thing happened that surprised every one present at the Antiques Roadshow.

At the Antiques Roadshow, a man with five Chinese tea cups walked in to the Tulsa Convention Center, in Oklahoma. According to that man, these Chinese tea cups have been carved out of the horn of rhinoceros and they are like a fortune to him. Unexpectedly those Chinese tea cups were appraised at a price of one million dollars. According to our reporters, those tea cups were declared as the most valuable treasure ever bought to the Antiques Roadshow.

Antiques Roadshow is organized once a year and it is taking place in Oklahoma for the last sixteen years. An appraiser for the show, Lark Mason, told that those Chinese cups were probably from late seventeenth or early eighteenth century China. Mason is the Asian Art expert of the Antiques Roadshow.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the Chinese tea cups were given as the gifts to wealthy people at various occasions. They were especially prized as they were made from the rhinoceros horn and it is believed that they have magical powers.

The mysterious collector of those Chinese tea cups was stunned by the astronomical value of them. According to him, he was hoping that he is not going to collapse. The identity of the tea cups collector remains a mystery. He asked the organizers of the Antiques Roadshow for not identifying him as he lives in a small town of Oklahoma and he is worried about the security of the collection. The face of the unnamed collector will appear on the episode of the Antiques Roadshow, but his name will not be mentioned.

Photo by picdrops.

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