Hotelier Steve Wynn went on an art-buying spree this weekend, picking up four Chinese vases at a Christie’s auction for the record-breaking sum of $12.8 million, according to The Las Vegas Sun.The hotel and casino mogul bought the vases to adorn his new property in Macau, which is slated to open in 2015. He paid far more than the pre-sale estimate of $1.6 million for the set, Artinfo reported.
The four vases, which are from the Jianqing period (1796 to 1821), set a world auction record for ormolu-mounted porcelain, according to Christie’s.
They aren’t the first pieces of Chinese art Wynn has purchased for his Macau properties; the mogul reportedly started collecting Chinese objects in 2006, Artinfo reported.
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