Chinese “teapot” found in lockdown garage clear out sells for £390,000

Picture: Hansons Auctioneers

A Chinese “teapot” found during a lockdown garage clean out has been sold for £390,000.

The pot – just five inches tall – was estimated to go for £40,000.

However, bidders from around the world pushed up the price to its dizzy heights.

The owner, a builder from Newhall in Derbyshire, said:

“I’m thrilled.

“This will change a few things for us all.

“It’s come at a really good time.

“I sat and watched the auction live at home with my brother and family.

“It was tense.

“The teapot has been in my family as long as I can remember.

“My mum used to display it in a cabinet.”

After her death it was boxed up and put in the garage.

The owner said:

“We’d been thinking of sending everything to a charity shop.

“But then lockdown came along, and I finally had time to go through the boxes in the garage.

“I’d always thought the teapot, which is what I’ve always called it, was special.

“Even so, when I took it to Hansons I was still unsure so dug out a few other bits and pieces for them to value in case they laughed at me when I pulled out the teapot.”


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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