$4 op shop buy sells for $75,000

By James Cockington
Updated June 25 2013 - 7:12pm, first published 8:14am
The 'Magnolia and Prunus' libation cup. Made from rhino horn it was bought in an op shop for $4. Photo: Sotheby's
The 'Magnolia and Prunus' libation cup. Made from rhino horn it was bought in an op shop for $4. Photo: Sotheby's

You know the story … the op shop bargain that sells for a fortune. Sometimes you doubt that this ever really happens but it did at an auction in Melbourne last week when Sotheby's Australia sold a 17th century Chinese "libation cup" carved from rhinoceros horn for $75,640 ($62,000 plus buyer's premium). And yes, this rare object really was discovered in a Sydney op shop, and bought for $4.

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