Why did this £10 vase just auction for £61,000?
A £10 vase bought at a car boot sale in Hampshire, UK has sold for £61,000 ($75,500) today.
That's because it is, in fact, a "quail and millet vase" produced for the Qianlong emperor's court in the 18th century.
The vase's owner only discovered its worth when he put it up for sale on eBay. When bids reached £10,000 he took it down and enlisted the expertise of antique auctioneer Woolley and Wallis instead.
It surpassed even the auction house's valuation of £30,000.
The sale is the latest in a string of seemingly commonplace ornamental items turning out to be rare Chinese artefacts.
Just last week, a table lamp bought for pittance in the 1950s sold for £581,000 ($721,021), when it was revealed to be a 200-year-old Chinese hat stand. Earlier this year an 18th century vase sold for £650,000 ($862,186), after it had spent years being used as a doorstop.
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