Terry Nurrish inherited the precious piece of metal from his parents, who'd picked it up at a house clearance sale in 1946. They'd paid just £100 for a stash of antiques that had included the pot.
However, the family were completely unaware that the antique was actually a French 'Japonisme' enamel and bronze ornament, which was created in 1874 by the famous silverware manufacturers, Christofle.
For years, it sat in the retired farmer's dining room at his Grimsby home. And standing 5ft tall, it made for the perfect goalpost - meaning Terry's kids often kicked footballs at it!
Eventually, the 68-year-old took it to BBC's Antique's Road show in 1991, where it was estimated to be worth £10,000.
But rather than selling it, Terry held on to the ornament for more than 20 years before eventually selling it at a Christie's auction in London - for £668,000!
He explained: "I realised I couldn't leave it to one person so decided to sell it and share the proceeds. The auctioneer started the budding at £100,000 and I just thought 'blimey'."
Terry added: "It kept going and I was getting redder and redder in the face. It was incredible."
Generous Terry has dished out the dosh to family, as well as paying for holidays and treating himself to a BMW.
Expert Eric Knowles, who originally valued the antique, insists that he didn't undervalue its worth: "Back then there was not the same demand…it's a market that has sprung out of nowhere," he explained.
Either way, we bet Terry is relieved it wasn't damaged in a footie game all those years ago!
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