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Delighted Richard Brommel.
How much does a chinese urn?....£153,000 over its estimate.
A broken Chinese urn that had been stored on top of a wardrobe and covered in dust for 20 years has sold at auction for £155,000 - £153,000 over its estimate.
The owner, a man aged in his 50s, had inherited the urn from a relative decades ago and thought it was nothing more than a pot pourri holder.
As the dust was wiped away a beautiful hand-painted design was revealed showing ornate flowers in pink, green, blue, and red.
It was suspected that the piece dated back to the 1800s when China was under the rule of the Quianlong Emporer, and it was estimated to sell for £2,000 at auction.
The lot caused a frenzy of bidding with buyers from around the world placing bids over the phone, by internet, and in the sale room, and it finally sold for £154,250.
The unnamed owner, from Shaftesbury in Dorset, said that it was the 'best day of his life' after the ancient artefact sold for 75 times what he was expecting.
It was sold by Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne.