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Auction makes new millionaire
11:00am Monday 18th March 2013 in News
An Oxford academic has made almost £1m from the auction of a small Chinese vase, above.
The vase was brought to Britain by the unnamed seller’s family more than a century ago and was estimated at only £10,000 to £15,000.
The blue and white bottle vase is an extremely rare 18th century ornament made for a Chinese emperor. An anonymous Chinese telephone bidder paid £950,000 at Tennants’ auction rooms in North Yorkshire.