Egyptian bronze cat statue at auction today

NormBanks

NormBanks

2015-07-06 11:35:36

A bronze cat statue that was kept by a grandmother by her fireplace in Cornwall has turned out to be a 2,500 year old Egyptian relic that is estimated to be worth between £5,000 and £10,000-and it could even have belonged to Howard Carter. 

The statue was discovered following the death of its elderly owner Doreen Liddell and Penzance Auction Rooms were called in to undertake a house clearance. 

Liddell's late husband Douglas was at one time the managing director of Spink and Son, an auction house founded in 1666 that is renowned for its sales of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

The statue has been given a very conservative estimate of £5,000-10,000 for when it heads to auction today-though it could eventually end up making as much as £50,000  

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