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Tea pot left on the shelf sells for £1 million

A china tea pot that sat unnoticed on a shelf has sold for more than £l million.

The owner was unaware of its value.

He only showed it to antiques’ valuer Lee Young as an afterthought.

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Mr Young instantly recognised the tea pot from the Chinese Emperor

Qianlong, who reigned between 1735 to 1796.

The green glazed pot – just five inches tall – was estimated to sell for a few thousand pounds.

But its appearance on the market sparked an international bidding war.

The final bid was £800,000. With auction fees the price paid was £1,040,000.

Guy Schwinge, of Duke’s Auctioneers in Dorchester, said:

“Our Asian art specialist went to the vendor’s house for a routine valuation and this pear-shaped teapot had been sitting on a shelf.

“The vendor brought it down for him to look at and Lee sensed straight away it was a rather exciting discovery.

“We held an exhibition in London ahead of the sale and it created a sensation.

“The vendor is understandably delighted with the result.”

 

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