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The Quianlong stamp on the side of the vase. <br />
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How much does a chinese urn....£153,000 over its estimate.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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As the dust was wiped away a beautiful hand-painted design was revealed showing ornate flowers in pink, green, blue, and red.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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It was sold by Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne.