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Small chinese flower vase, estimated at £500...Sold for £340,000!<br />
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A Chinese vase that has been used for years to keep flowers in has sold for a whopping £340,000 - almost 700 times what it had been expected to.<br />
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The blue and white bottle vase was brought in to an auction house in a box of items by its owners.<br />
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Experts found traces of old dirt inside, suggesting it had been used to keep flowers or even a plant.<br />
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However, on the base was a six character seal mark suggesting it dated back to the time of the Daoguang Emperor who reigned from 1820 to 1850 in Imperial China.<br />
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The indication was enough to excite bidders in China who flooded auctioneers Gorringe's of West Sussex with interest.