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A one-of-a-kind 16th century wooden tray decorated with precious mother of pearl has sold at auction for almost £1 million - more than 16 times its estimate.<br />
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Experts thought the rare tray, originating from Gujurat in India, would sell for £60,000 but after a bidding war broke out between prospective buyers the price rocketed to a staggering £962,500.<br />
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The tray was said to be one of the few surviving mother-of-pearl objects from 16th century Gujurat, and the only one in existence to feature angels on it.<br />
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The 43.6-inch diameter tray was snapped up by a private collector at a sale of Islamic and Indian art at London auction house Bonhams yesterday (Tues).