Yuan in a million: Chinese urn opens door to possible $25,000 profit

A Chinese urn that an auction house used as a doorstop is expected to make £15,000 when it appears for sale.

The Yuan dynasty item from between 1279 and 1368 was bought by an eagle eyed investor at a Yorkshire, UK, sale in the 70s, even though it wasn't in the catalogue.

Hugh Lambert purchased the urn, which was propping open a door, for a small sum from the auction house. It then passed to his grandson Matthew Collinson. He presented the urn for valuation at the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, where it astounded experts.

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Said to be the oldest bronze ever seen on the programme, it is estimated to be worth between £10,000 and £15,000, despite a broken handle and the fact it had once been buried in a grave.

"I am going to sell it, and I think we will have a big family holiday," said Collinson.


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