Chinese car boot vase doubles its valuation

A rare Chinese vase that was originally bought from a car boot sale for £10 ($12) has just sold for £61,000 ($75,792) at Woolley and Wallis.

That's more than double its £30,000 ($37,275) estimate.

Wallis Chinese vase
The vase was made for the Qianlong emperor

The owner originally put it up on eBay, but quickly took it down once bidding hit £10,000 ($12,425).

After valuation it turned out to be a "quail and millet vase" made for the court of the Qianlong emperor. It bears a mark dating it to between 1736 and 1795.

Only last week a rare Chinese ceramic hat stand bought at auction for a small sum in the 1950s sold for £581,000 ($721,021).

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