Tiny Qing Dynasty tea bowl sells for £40,000.

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A 300 year old tiny tea bowl bought for £20 by a British traveller in China in the 1980's has sold for a whopping £40,000.<br />
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Made during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng of the Qing Dynasty between 1723-35 the simple vessel represents a high point in Chinese cup design.<br />
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Auctioneers Sworders had given the simple item a conservative £8000 estimate but frenzied bidding from several Chinese bidders who had flown in caused it to soar to £40,000.