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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
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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