The unnamed owner inherited the traditional Chinese urn back in the 1950s and had left it to gather dust in a wardrobe ever since.
Initially, auctioneers valued the old urn at around £2,000, due to various dents and a damaged handle.
But it was eventually discovered that the porcelain urn dated back to the 18th century, sparking interest among the Chinese market. According to the Daily Mail, Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherbourne put a price of £1,000 to £2,000 on the piece but it actually sold for a staggering £154,250!
We wish our junk was worth that much!
By Sophie Borbon