Smashed it! - Urn used for tennis balls sells for £3.8 million.

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Gilded phoenix handles.<br />
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Smashed It! - £3.8 million paid for 300 year old Chinese bronze used to keep tennis balls in.<br />
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The incense burning censer, decorated with auspicious peony and phoenix designs, was thought by its owners to be a 19th century copy.<br />
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It was only when the family invited Asian art specialist Regi Preiswerk to their home to look at some other antiques that its true potential was spotted.<br />
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The 2ft wide urn weighing a hefty 48 lbs was made for a Qing Emperor in the 18th century.