Sotheby's Asia's Nicolas Chow displays the Seal of the Mandate of Heaven
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China seal auction: '12 million dollars of history'

A sandalwood seal, being hailed as China's most important historical object, has fetched $10.4m (£7.4m) at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong. With the buyers' fee on top, the final price will be $11.8m (£8.4m).

The Seal of the Mandate of Heaven belonged to China's longest reigning monarch - the 17th Century Kangxi Emperor from the Qing Dynasty.

The Deputy chairman of Sotheby's Asia, Nicholas Chow, told the BBC's Juliana Liu what makes it so special.

  • 06 Apr 2016
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