Public opinion does not favor the rich person who acts it. First there was Marie Antoinette, purportedly prescribing cake. Now there's Liu Yiqian, a Shanghai businessman who recently shattered records by buying a tiny porcelain cup with poultry painted on it for $36.3 million.
The problems started for Liu when he went to Sotheby's to pay for the Ming-dynasty treasure (which he reportedly purchased by swiping his American Express card 24 times). In a celebratory mood, he proceeded to sip tea from his new cup. Presumably, the celebration was meant to be private, but hey -- ...
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