“Ask me how and get rich now!”
From the Gothamist:
But Jorum had to wait a long time for his triumph—1,000 years (which is 500,000 in bowl years)! He carried cereal for pirates, held salad for paupers, and eventually was sold to a couple in upstate New York for $3 in 2007. He seemed destined to sit in the garage next to a dusty NordicTrack until an errant elbow ended his fate. Then his owner started watching Antique Roadshow (probably).
Yesterday a London art dealer named Giuseppe Eskenazi thought Jorum was worth $2.22 million! After all, there is only one other bowl like him in the entire world, and it’s in the British Museum (Jorum’s cousin, Derek, who smells weird and is kind of a jerk). As the velvet gloves covered him in down padding, and the light disappeared from his snug travel safe, he thought about his future, sitting alone in a London flat. Hoisting the safe into an armored van, the Sotheby’s minders thought they could hear someone’s muffled sobs, but a car horn blared and the men strode back into the auction house.
Grab the full Gothamist article here.