Couple own a £700,000 Chinese vase – but it is so cracked it will only fetch £30,000

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A COUPLE discovered they had a vase possibly worth £700,000 — but they will only get £30,000 as it is so badly cracked.

An expert found the rare Chinese pot under a living room table during a routine house visit.

A couple discovered they owned a rare Chinese vase worth £700,000 but is so badly cracked it is expected to only fetch £30,000 at auction
The pot dates back to Emperor Qianlong’s rule in around 1735

It dates back to Emperor Qianlong’s rule in around 1735 and is “extremely sought after”.

The unnamed owners, from Leics, would be looking at a £700,000 payday at auction — had it not been so battered.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson, who found it, said: It’s a real crackpot and an amazing lockdown find.

“If it was not cracked then it would fetch between £600,000 and £700,000. 

“It’s bursting with Eastern promise. It was languishing under a table in a living room. 

“I spotted it during a routine house visit I undertook in Leicestershire to assess a range of antiques.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson found the pot ‘languishing under a table in a living room’
He added ‘Sadly we expect it’s going to make £30,000’

“Sadly we expect it’s going to make £30,000.

“Though the vase has been broken and glued back together, it is still exceptional.”

It is due to be sold next month at Hansons Auctioneers, Derbys.

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