1,000-year-old carved rock crystal ewer sells for $5.6 million

A 1,000-year-old carved rock crystal ewer, one of only seven known surviving examples, fetched 3.2 million pounds ($5.6 million) at a Christie's auction.

The ewer is the same one that came up for auction in Britain in January this year, when it was cataloged as a 19th century French claret jug and valued at 100-200 pounds reports Reuters.

In fact experts now believe it is an extremely rare ewer from the Fatimid dynasty which ruled parts of northern Africa and the Middle East in the 10th-12th centuries.