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Sotheby's to offer the first Chinese imperial firearm ever to appear at auction

On 9 November 2016, Sotheby?s in London will present the first Chinese firearm with an imperial reign mark to be offered at auction. Created for the Qianlong Emperor of the Manchu Qing dynasty ? arguably the greatest collector and patron of the arts in Chinese history ? this brilliantly designed and exquisitely crafted musket, produced in the imperial workshops, is to be sold with an estimate of £1,000,000-1,500,000 (HK$10,270,000-15,410,000 / US$1,330,000-1,990,000).
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