Why you shouldn’t put off cleaning your attic…


In keeping with our Antiques Roadshow theme, and a $69.5Qianlong vase million reason to clean out your closets:
A brother and sister from a London suburb found a vase while clearing out their parent’s family home. In “a dusty attic”, they found several “Chinese knickknacks”, including a delicate vase. The vase turned out to be an 18th century porcelain dating from the Qianlong reign of the Qing dynasty. No one is really sure how the vase came to this modest London attic but the vase is believed to have come to Britain in the 19th century after British and French troops looted the Beijing Summer Palace at the end of the Second Opium War in 1860.  The vase was purchased by an undisclosed buyer and is now the most expensive Chinese artwork ever sold.  The other knickknacks, just for the record, fetched a paltry $65.

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