Chinese attic vase sold for $693,000
A Chinese vase discovered in an attic has sold for £488,000 ($693,221) at Chilcotts Auction House in Honiton, UK.
The piece was discovered in an attic in Devon and brought along to valuation.
It turned out to be Qianlong period (1736-1795) white dragon bianhu moonflask. It was deemed so historically significant that it embarked on a tour of China before the sale.
A spokesperson for the auction house told the Daily Mirror: “The vase looked like something special - the decoration was enamel paint using fine brush work, which indicated to me the highest quality, skilled painting only seen in grand Chinese society.
"We undertook exhaustive research into the artefact and identified its age and importance. However, because of its likely value, we wanted a second opinion.
"As an auctioneer I never tire of the feeling I get when I realise someone's brought in something rather special.
"The moonflask is the highest value item sourced in our sale room to date, but who knows what's around the corner."
The lot is the latest in a series of valuable Chinese vases discovered in attics around the UK to sell for huge sums at auction.
One Qianlong-era specimen made £25m ($35.4m) in 2013.
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