Standing just three inches high, a miniature Chinese snuff bottle stunned bystanders as it sparked a bidding frenzy.
Collectors eager to snap up the highly prized artifact, battled it out pushing the the price five times over the pre-sale estimate of £400,000.
The 18th century antique eventually sold for £2 million to a private Asian collector over the telephone, smashing the world record for a snuff bottle which was set 18 months ago.
Adorned with decorative scenes of Chinese landscapes and portraits of a young woman and topped with a mother of pearl stopper, the enamelled glass object was created in the Imperial Palace workshops in Peking – now Beijing – during the reign of Emperor Qianlong.
by The Punjapit Alliance