Ancient Egyptian cat statue makes £52,000 at auction
An ancient Egyptian cat statue that was discovered sitting by a grandmothers fireplace in Cornwall has sold for £52,000 at auction.
When Doreen Liddell,the statues owner, passed away family members were ready to throw the ancient relic out during a house clearance on her property, believing it to be no more than a replica. But auctioneer David Lay intervened.
He took it to an expert at the British Museum who confirmed that it was in fact from the 26th Egyptian dynasty, which runs from roughly 672-525BC.
The statue was originally given a very modest estimate of £5,000-10,000 by auction house David Lay in Cornwall, who sold the statue yesterday.
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