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Why did someone buy this cup for $36 million? Because he liked it, of course

Liu Yiqian does not understand why people are questioning the price tag of an item known as the ‘chicken cup’.

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CHINESE BILLIONAIRE LIU Yiqian paid a record-breaking $36 million for a rare Ming-era wine cup that is 500 years old.

People were amazed at the price of the relic but Yiqian didn’t bat an eye, telling The Wall Street Journal:

“Why do you all care so much about the price? I bought it only because I like it.”

He believes the amount paid was reasonable.

The cup — known as the chicken cup because of its design — is one of only 16 like it. It is considered one of the most sought-after items in Chinese art, according to Reuters.

Yiqian made millions in finance and has been called China’s biggest art collector.

(Via Shangaiist)

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