A tea brick sold for more than $1.2m in China on September 7. The brick dates from the Qing dynasty (1616-1912). The winning bidder runs a trading company in Shenzhen, China.
Tea bricks are common in China and usually go for a bit less than a $1m. Most Americans will not be familiar with them. Dark teas, like pu-er, increase in value much like fine wines or champagnes. An exceedingly old and rare tea can bring stunning prices.
Here's an example of what brick tea looks like.
Here's a video on how to break up a brick tea so that you can use it to brew a cup.
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