The Ji Yu Zi Jun vessel, a rare Chinese archaic bronze, has sold for $1.2m in New York.
The lot led an auction dedicated to ancient bronze work at Sotheby's on March 18, achieving an increase of 216.2% on a $400,000 estimate.
It was created during the late Shang dynasty in the 13th-11th century BC and displays the traditional taoite masks that commonly adorn bronzes of the era, along with fangs and claws.
It was formerly owned by Wu Dacheng (1835-1902), a leading official in the court of the Qing emperor who owned a sizable collection of ancient bronzes.
A scroll belonging to him, which features notes on his extensive collection along with rubbings from the works he owned, made $605,000 against a $150,000 estimate - an increase of 303.3%.
A Zhong Fu Fu Gui bronze ritual food vessel dating to the 11th-10th century BC was another top lot.
It achieved an increase of 264.1% on a $120,000 valuation when it sold for $437,000.
The piece is one of a handful that were studied extensively during the Qianlong and Jiaqing periods (18th-19th century), resulting in a wealth of academic material associated with it.
The auction proved a strong start to Asia Week in New York, achieving total sales figures of $3.4m.
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