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Valuer Lucy Marles with the vase.<br />
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A rare vase a pensioner took to an auction house in a shoebox has sold for a world record £381,000.<br />
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The unnamed woman's late husband bought the 12ins piece of stoneware by celebrated artist Hans Coper for £250 in the 1970s.<br />
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After he died five years ago his widow packed it away in a cupboard because she wasn't fond of it.<br />
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She was stunned when an expert told her it could valuable after she took it to a routine valuation day at her local auctioneers in Devon in a white shoe box.