Tag Sale Bowl Sells for Millions at Auction

Decorative piece purchased for $3, sold for $2.2 million.
1:48 | 03/20/13

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all had this fantasy. You buy a little something at a yard sale for nothing and it ends up making you very, very rich. Abc's nick watt now on the $2 million gift from nowhere. Reporter: Bought at a yard sale for three bucks, this bowl sat on a dusty mantel for five years. After a bidding frenzy at sotheby's, it just sold for over $2 million. How did the anonymous seller react? I got an email that said it -- capital letters -- wow, and then wow again with a line of exclamation marks so I can say that they were very pleased. Reporter: It's a 1000-year-old chinese bowl. Totally inspired, this morning i went shopping, looking for anything vaguely chinese. If there's a fortune in this box, I will quit my job right now. It has got some age. It's a pattern I haven't seen before. Reporter: Exciting! We asked our experts for top tips to find a fortune at a flea market. If something is old there will be much bigger chance it's worth money. Reporter: This old copy of the declaration of independence cost $2.48 plus tax at a thrift store. Turned out to be uber old and sold at auction for nearly half a million. And look for something chinese? Chinese is one of the hardest fields to appraise. Reporter: Even experts don't always know the chinese gems from the junk. Upping the odds of a masterpiece with a $3 price tag. Always buy what appeals to you and you will never go wrong. Reporter: Back to my little cup. Certainly before 1872. Reporter: Really? It's old, it's chinese, and i like it, but -- the reality, you'll probably get no more than five to $10 for it. Reporter: Proving luck really is the key. So I'm not quitting my job. See you tomorrow. Nick watt, abc news, los angeles.

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