Chinese snuff bottle measuring just three inches high sells for £2m

Standing just three inches high this miniature Chinese snuff box stunned the art world as it sold for £2 million

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.

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by The Punjapit Alliance

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