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$100 antique discovered at garage sale auctioned off for $2.1 million at Sotheby’s

A battered Chinese statuette picked up at a Midwest garage sale for $100 was auctioned off at Sotheby’s for a stunning $2.1 million.

The bronze Buddha, which is thought to be over 1,000 years old, skyrocketed past its estimated sale price of just $80,000 in a frenzied seven minutes’ bidding at the auction house in New York.

The unnamed owner reportedly bought it in a garage sale in Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, sometime around 1997, she told the PBS program “Antiques Roadshow.”

She put it up for sale after taking it to be valued on a St. Louis episode “Antiques Roadshow” two years ago.

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