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2013-12-07 08:59:28 AM
Honestly, that plate is awesome.
 
2013-12-07 11:18:38 AM
If he valued the plate at $1,000 he should get the commission from $1,000.  I wish I got paid more when I was wrong.
 
2013-12-07 11:21:21 AM
I bet a Dungeons and Dragons geek bought it.
 
2013-12-07 11:30:48 AM
It belongs in a museum.

FTA: Canada's national ceramics museum decided to sell the donated plate to invest in Canadian pottery and ceramics.

Oh, ok.

Canadian pottery and ceramics should have a pretty neat bong exhibit for 1mil.
 
2013-12-07 11:32:23 AM
Soooo, what magical properties does it have?
 
2013-12-07 11:39:12 AM
wait, Canadian currency is above US currency?

/HAH! SUCK IT, YANKS!
//that is a nice plate though, not worth a million to me though
 
2013-12-07 11:42:31 AM
None of this matters; his biatchy wife will hurl it to the ground the next time he forgets their anniversary.
 
2013-12-07 11:42:59 AM

No Time To Explain: wait, Canadian currency is above US currency?

/HAH! SUCK IT, YANKS!
//that is a nice plate though, not worth a million to me though


No, you have it backwards.

/aren't they sposed to have good schools up there?
 
2013-12-07 11:44:19 AM

No Time To Explain: wait, Canadian currency is above US currency?

/HAH! SUCK IT, YANKS!
//that is a nice plate though, not worth a million to me though


I think you have this the wrong way around. You seem to think that CAD is worth more than USD. FTA are numbers like 900CAD = 855USD.

Let's test this at extremes, that will make this easier to illustrate. Say that $1,000,000 CAD is worth $1 USD. Which currency is worth more and has more buying power?
 
2013-12-07 11:44:56 AM

o'really: No Time To Explain: wait, Canadian currency is above US currency?

/HAH! SUCK IT, YANKS!
//that is a nice plate though, not worth a million to me though

No, you have it backwards.

/aren't they sposed to have good schools up there?


ARGH! Scooped!
 
2013-12-07 11:45:58 AM

SteakMan: Soooo, what magical properties does it have?


Exactly what I was wondering. This has the makings of some kind of movie.
 
2013-12-07 11:59:21 AM
Canada's national ceramics museum decided to sell the donated plate to invest in Canadian pottery and ceramics.
So they're looking at ashtray collections and ceramic Molson mugs? That's some mighty fine curating and I think the acquisition junkets and subsequent kickbacks to the curator are going to get rocketed up a notch or too starting with a kickback from that $175,000 commission. Much better than having a world class piece in the collection. Too bad the donor didn't stipulate that the piece not be sold.
 
2013-12-07 12:02:17 PM
My bet is that the winning bidder was someone from China. The Chinese are trying to buy back all the artifacts that were "liberated" from China over the past few centuries.
 
2013-12-07 12:09:24 PM
The plate's original owner was Mrs. Waltraud Ellis, the widow of John Ellis, a former Member of Parliament

www.itmonline.org


Begs to differ.
 
2013-12-07 12:17:48 PM

J. Frank Parnell: It belongs in a museum.

FTA: Canada's national ceramics museum decided to sell the donated plate to invest in Canadian pottery and ceramics.

Oh, ok.

Canadian pottery and ceramics should have a pretty neat bong exhibit for 1mil.


Don't forget the Rob Ford Toby mug and that series of plates with howling wolves on them
 
2013-12-07 12:24:33 PM
An expensive dog dish.
 
2013-12-07 12:43:47 PM

SteakMan: Soooo, what magical properties does it have?


The supernatural ability to separate very rich people from very large sums of money.

Oh, wait, that's actually perfectly natural.
 
2013-12-07 01:20:40 PM
Hey, I'm from Ottawa. That thing was really close to me at some point.

The moral: I should get up earlier and attend more garage sales, especially the annual Glebe Sale held in a part of town where the houses are more than $1 million.

Even at $1,000 that plate (aka charger--a large serving plate charged with piles of food) turned out to be a steal.

Did you know that the number of claws on a Chinese dragon depended on the status of the owner? Three claws indicates a middle class person (like the MP who originally owned it, perhaps), while four, five annd six were reserved for higher functionaries and the Imperial Family. A six-clawed dragon was Imperial and reserved for the Emperor and his immediate family.

Also, the number of fingers to hold your chopsticks also indicate social standing. Lower-class people would hold their chopsticks with two or three fingerrs, Mandarins used four. I imagine that if you used all five fingers, you were considered a snob or else an aristocrat and a dandy.

It's harder to do but it probably makes the chopstick more controllable and stable. Apart from courtesy and consideration, protocol and etiquette consists largely of time-wasting, expense and stupid people tricks. If you bear these five principles in mind, you can always do the right thing.
 
2013-12-07 02:06:45 PM
I think its fairly safe to say the buyer is a Chinese national as they have been buying up a lot of Chinese art since they have gotten wealthy off all the factories that have moved over there.
 
2013-12-07 02:08:57 PM

SteakMan: Soooo, what magical properties does it have?


The winning bidders:
www.hollywoodreporter.com
 
2013-12-07 04:08:09 PM

bikerbob59: If he valued the plate at $1,000 he should get the commission from $1,000.  I wish I got paid more when I was wrong.


First, his commission would've took a hit if he fetched $100 for the plate.

Second, his work on the sale didn't end when the bids hit $1,000.  His work on that sale ended after money and plate changed hands.
 
2013-12-07 08:10:47 PM
Fake article, never happened.  Why?  Tim Horton's wasn't mentioned.  Any news story out of Canada, always mentions Tim Horton's.  Either the Canadian ceramics museum is located next to a Tim Horton's or the auction itself, took place at a Tim Horton's or the Chinese buyer watched the Rob Ford's crack smoking video, while holding the plate, at Tim Horton's or...  And what about hockey?
 
2013-12-08 01:22:22 AM

o'really: No Time To Explain: wait, Canadian currency is above US currency?

/HAH! SUCK IT, YANKS!
//that is a nice plate though, not worth a million to me though

No, you have it backwards.

/aren't they sposed to have good schools up there?


huh, I've appeared to have gone full derp/dyslexic mode, my apologies

/generally, yes, but kids still don't listen
//math wasn't always my strong suit, but not my worst
///that may have been paying attention
 
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