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2009-05-21 12:22:50

A 250-year-old Chinese carved jade figure purchased for $475 in 1938 has set a new record by selling for nearly $6.6 million at a British auction. The eight-inch-long jade water buffalo, which was made in the 18th century for Chinese Emperor Qianlong, set a world record for the highest price paid for a jade figure when Giuseppe Eskenazi made the high bid at the Salisbury, England, auction, The Sun reported Thursday. Seller Lady Diana Miller, 88, said she was very pleased with the sale but the...

Word of the Day
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.