I saw a bronze buddha bought for £50 sold for £8,000 on TV the other day, but that was a fair price for a 19th century antique.
People should look out for Chinese antiquities - there are more of them around than you might think - people went out to China before the Revolution to be nurses and what not - a work colleague in 1990 had a grandmother (or some such relative) who had been a nurse in China who had a house full of things like solid ivory mah-jong sets and things.
That bowl is exquisite, btw, especially given its age. The price doesn't really surprise me. Well, not in the light of the earlier story.
It's about easy money - Russia, China, once people come into that kind of money, which means nothing to them, they are happy to grab anything they can at any price. Although Russia and China are different - China wants to get some of its history back from the people who exported it. The Greeks have no chance of making the money that the Chinese have been making recently. Well, maybe if they discover oil.
Also of course these things are an object lesson for the economically challenged - increase money supply and you get inflation.
1975 Calatayud y Gisbert, Yamaha CG131S.