A very wealthy man in Shanghai recently bought this Chinese Ming Dynasty “Chicken Cup” at a Sotheby's auction for a little over $36 million.
OK, I get it, it’s his money, I presume he got rich legally, he has a right to spend it as he chooses. I guess he really, really wanted this piece of 550-year-old Chinese porcelain. It’s 3 inches in diameter.
But, I think it’s fair and it’s important to say that some people have too much money. Some people control too much of the world’s wealth, and that means that too much of the world’s wealth isn’t in circulation to enrich and benefit the people of the world.
What this gent paid for a tiny cup would have bought about 78,800 cows for poor villagers in Africa.
Just as an example.
And, by the way, if you need one of these cups to complete your set, now you know what it’s gonna cost you….
….or maybe you just want to buy some cows….