Chinese teapot made for a Ming Dynasty emperor is tipped to sell for a staggering £8.3million

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A 600-year-old Chinese teapot made specially for a Ming Dynasty emperor has sold for an incredible £11m.<br />
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The 9ins tall imperial blue and white ewer with a five clawed dragon design was produced during the Yongle period (1402-1424).<br />
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It was fashioned from the Imperial kilns for use at the Yongle Emperor Zhu Di's Imperial palace in Beijing.<br />
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He had a personal interest in porcelain and started the trend of putting Imperial reign marks on his wares.<br />
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Described as 'one of the most important' pieces of porcelain from the era, it sparked a bidding war at auctioneers Sotheby's Hong Kong.