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£100 vase sells for £230,000...<br />
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A rare Chinese vase that was uncovered during a house clearance has sold for a whopping £230,000 - 2300 times higher than its £100 estimate.<br />
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The 10.75in piece had belonged to a unsuspecting Suffolk pensioner who was clearing his house to move into a care home.<br />
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He had inherited the vase from an aunt who had lived in Singapore several years previously.<br />
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Auctioneer Nigel Papworth knew he was on to a winner when an opening bid of £800 came in at the start of the auction and after fierce bidding from several Chinese buyers the hammer finally came down at a whopping £230,000.