Auction house sold Chinese Imperial Seal for 12 million euros

Auction house sold Chinese Imperial Seal for 12 million eurosA 9.8 centimeter white jade imperial seal that was used by Emperor Qianlong was sold for 12.4 million euros during an auction in southwestern France, the highest price paid for an imperial seal.

The white jade imperial seal, with intertwined dragons craved on top was part of a number of seals that was used by Emperor Qianlong. Qianlong was the fourth emperor of the Qing dynasty was initially valued at 1.5 million euros. The imperial seal was auctioned to an anonymous buyer at the Toulouse auction house.

The previous highest price paid for an Chinese imperial seal used by Emperor Kangxi, who reign the longest in China, and the grandfather of Emperor Qianlong. Earlier at the Toulouse auction house, a Chinese imperial scroll painting was also sold for 22.1 million euros. The 24 meter scroll depicts around 9,000 figures in a grand army review.

The artworks were believed to looted from China Forbidden City in the 1900s after the invasion of the Eight allied Forces troops that came from Britain, France, Germany, United States and Russia. The artworks are part of the Chinese antiques that are sold at an auction house in France. Lost and looted Chinese relics are being sold at international auctions houses for million of dollars and prices have been increasing in the recent years.

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