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Sworders expert Yexue Li.<br />
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A Chinese vase which was bought for £1 in a charity shop could sell for £80,000 because it was made for a 18th century emperor.<br />
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Unaware of its significance, the shopper listed the small yellow florally decorated vase on eBay to see if it was worth anything - only to be inundated with messages and bids.<br />
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Realising the pear-shaped vase, which is designed to be attached to a wall, must be valuable, he removed it from the bidding site and took it to specialists at Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers’ in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex.<br />
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The 8ins Qianlong famille rose vase, found in Hertfordshire, was made around 300 years ago in China and was marked with a symbol that meant it wasn't for export, but for the Emperor's palace.<br />
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It is inscribed with an imperial poem that 'praises incense' and two iron-red seal marks that read 'Qianlong chen han' or 'the Qianlong Emperor's own mark'. It also reads 'Weijing weiyi' - 'be precise, be undivided'.