Written by Lianne Kolirin, CNN
An “incredibly rare” 16th century dish depicting the biblical tale of Samson and Delilah, which was discovered tucked away in a drawer, has sold at auction for more than $1.7 million — 10 times its original estimate.
The plate, which measures 27 centimeters (11 inches) in diameter, is believed to have been made by Nicola da Urbino around 1520-23.
The maiolica — tin-glazed Italian earthenware — originally expected to fetch between £80,000 and £120,000 ($109,000 and $163,000), but ended up selling for a record-breaking £1,263,000 ($1,721,000) during an online auction Wednesday.
Bids flooded in from prospective buyers by phone and via email, as the event was streamed online. The winning bid came from an anonymous source.
The artifact was one of more than 400 items listed as part of the contents of Lowood House, a grand country house situated in the Scottish Borders. Pictures, furniture, books, silver and works of art were all featured in the event run by British auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull.
The dish was part of a wider auction of the contents of Lowood House
‘Incredibly rare’ dish found in drawer sells for $1.7M
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