A dwarf clock, designed by Henry Bower circa 1800-1825, auctioned on January 1 in Pennsylvania with a whopping 3062.5% increase on its $1,000 estimate.
Standing only 50 inches tall, the clock was bought by an antiques dealer and collector for $31,625.
Following the sale, auctioneer Cindy Stephenson commented: "You can tell a lot by what goes on during the preview.
"All of the top clock people were here looking at it. One expert spent half an hour inspecting it."
A clue to the clock's inherent worth could be found written on its casement: "Feste Swome" is Pennsylvania German for "Faulkner Stamp" - denoting the location in the Douglas Township where Henry Bower designed and manufactured his clocks.
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