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A heavy wooden ornament a couple used a doorstep in their home for 40 years has turned out to be a Chinese relic worth over £250,000.<br />
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The nine inch tall item is a carved brush pot dating back to the late 18th century when it would have been used to store calligraphers' brushes.<br />
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The unnamed husband and wife inherited the hefty object four decades ago but couldn't find a suitable place to display it so used it to hold back their living room door.<br />
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They recently invited an auctioneer from Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers to their cottage home in Hertfordshire to value some other ornaments as they wanted to raise some cash to buy a new car.