Weekly News Roundup: February 15 to February 19

In art, antiques and collectibles news, last year was great for a Chinese auction house, a chipped vase goes for almost a million dollars and Princess Diana’s correspondence hit the block.

Beijing Auction House Has Record Year

It was a very good year for the China Guardian auction house. How good? Try $397.21 million good. That was 50 percent better than 2008. According to the house’s president, “This year’s auction results have further consolidated Beijing’s status as the world’s number-four art auction center.”

From BBC News:
Florence Nightingale vase sells for £625,000 in Dorset

Update: Remember that 18th-century Chinese vase that had been used as an umbrella stand? The one with the crack? Crack and all, it sold at auction for almost $1 million.

From CNN:

Princess Diana’s letters reveal personal details

Personal notes written by Princess Diana were auctioned last week in London. Among the 30 items were letters to her hairdresser, butler and sons. It turns out the princess was not good about waiting to open presents. There were also thank-you notes from Prince Harry and Prince William.

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