Charity shop Chinese brushpot excels with 1,340% increase

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2015-06-26 12:52:33

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Charity shop Chinese brushpot excels with 1,340% increase

A Chinese brushpot discovered in a charity shop achieved an outstanding price on May 23

A 330-year-old Chinese brushpot, which was discovered in a charity shop, excelled at a Salisbury, UKauction on May 23.

Bristol chairty shop chinese brushpotThis charity shop discovery was made by one of China's foremost carvers

The fine brushpot was spotted by a volunteer after being anonymously donated to the St Peter's Hospice shop in Bristol, UK. The keen-eyed volunteers at the shopreceive regular training on how toidentify valuable antiques. The auctioneer soon confirmed that the item was indeed a rare carved landscape bitong, or brushpot, dating from the rule of China's Kangxi emperor (1662-1722). The pot wascrafted by Gu Jue, one of the foremost artists carving bamboo at the time. Despite the poor condition of the piece, a bidding war ensured that it sailed past its initialestimate of 15,000-25,000, selling for 360,000 ($557,811) to a Hong Kong collector. The sale represents a 1,340% increase on estimate for the pot. Following the sale, Janet Loud, head of shops at the charity, commented: "It is a fantastic boost for St Peter's Hospice in these difficult economic times when fund-raising is tough."Bristol appears to be the place to pick up a bargain, after another anonymous donor delivered a rare first-edition of the second Harry Potter book, worth over 750, to another of the city's charity shops. Paul Fraser Collectibles has two Harry Potter books in stock, both signed by Daniel Radcliffe. Each one provides a rare opportunity to own a signed copy of the books at a great price.

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