Exclusive Things the Rich Bought This Year
World auction record for ormolu-mounted porcelain
Hotelier Steve Wynn went on an art-buying spree in July, picking up four Chinese vases at a Christie's auction for the record-breaking sum of $12.8 million. The hotel and casino mogul bought the vases to adorn his new property in Macau, which is slated to open in 2015. He paid far more than the pre-sale estimate of $1.6 million for the set. The four vases, which are from the Jianqing period (1796 to 1821), set a world auction record for ormolu-mounted porcelain, according to Christie's. They were sold by a private collector.
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