A “teapot” which almost went to a charity shop sold for £468,000 at auction(拍卖). The tiny yellow pot had been put in a box for more than ten years and kept in a loft and then in a garage.
But during the lockdown(禁闭) its owner finally had a clear-out and decided to get it valued. It turned out to be a 250-year-old Chinese wine ewer from the period of the Qianlong Emperor from 1735 to 1796 and may have been handled by the ruler himself. There are only three others in the world — two in Beijing and one in Taiwan.
The 51-year-old owner, from Derbyshire, said, “We’d been thinking of sending everything to a charity shop. But then the lockdown came along. I’d always thought the teapot was special. We believe it was brought back from China by my grandfather, who stayed in the Far East during World War II. My mum used to display it in a cabinet.” He found similar pots online and took it to Hansons auctioneers in Etwall, Derbys.
It attracted people from all over the world and was sold to an unknown buyer in China. Auctioneer Charles Hanson said, “It’s the best lockdown find ever.”