Chinese Yongzheng attic vase achieves 75,900% increase on estimate

A Yongzheng era (1722-1735) Chinese vase discovered in an attic in the Midlands has sold for £114,000 ($173,912).

The lot had been valued at just £150 ($228), an estimate it surpassed by 75,900% at Peter Francis in Carmarthen.

Vase Chinese Francis
The vase was originally believed to be a copy

It was initially believed to be a copy. However, experts viewing the object online clearly recognised its true value.

Auctioneer Nigel Hodson told the Daily Mirror: "I started the bidding off at £500 and the internet just melted so we knew something was happening…

"It's a great result. We didn't expect anything like that. It's very satisfactory.

"It is gratifying and pleasing, although I am not greatly surprised because we thought there would be a sleeper. It's the most expensive thing I have ever sold, apart from property."

This is not the first time a vase discovered in an attic has sold for significantly over its estimate.

Another Chinese vase, in the same British family for generations, hammered for a world record £51.6m ($83m) in 2011.

However, the buyer ultimately refused to pay up. The vase was later sold in a private deal for around £25m ($38m).

There are a significant number of rare Chinese artefacts in the UK, dating back to the colonial era, and newly wealthy Chinese are keen to buy them back.

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