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Storm over a broken teapot...<br />
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A bargain-hunter is celebrating after a porcelain teapot he bought on a whim for £15 turned out to be the first one ever made in America and has sold for an incredible £575,000.<br />
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The broken pot, missing its lid, was produced by John Bartlam, a British potter who took his trade across the Atlantic to America in the mid-18th century.<br />
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But Bartlam's enterprise was interrupted by the American Revolution and he rapidly returned to the UK. Hardly any examples of his American  work exist today.<br />
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Due to a great deal of US interest four tea bowl's from the same set made by Bartlam in America sold at auction for £100,000 in 2013. <br />
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It was thought the matching blue and white teapot could sell for a similar sum, but due to storm of interest the hammer eventually came down, very carefully, at a whopping £575,000<br />
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It's thought the prestigious Metropolitan  Museum of Art in New York topped the bidding.