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Chinese model fails to sell at auction

Ivory boat valued at £8,000 Credit: Sworders' Stansted Mountfitchet

A rare model of a Chinese boat, which was expected to fetch up to £8,000 at auction in Essex, has failed to sell.

The two foot high ivory model had been collecting dust in the attic of a house for thirty years before going under the hammer at the Sworders' Stansted Mountfitchet auction rooms yesterday.

The owner, from north Essex, only realised how much it was worth when it was valued by experts.


WW2 fighter plane expected to fetch £1.5m

Hurricane to go under the hammer Credit: Chris Warner

A Hurricane fighter plane is to go under the hammer as part of a special auction of historic vehicles.

The plane, the RAF's first monoplane fighter, had its finest hour during that battle, where it shot down more enemy aircraft than the Spitfire.

The aircraft, equipped with 12 Browning .303 machine guns, was flown by the Canadian airforce during the war. The aircraft is capable of a range of 900 miles and a maximum speed of 322mph. It is expected to fetch between £1.4 million - £1.7 million.

Mystery coin collection sells for £750,000

A Japanese 20 yen coin sold for £34,800 Credit: Sworders Auction House

A collection of coins which lay unclaimed in a London bank vault for more than 50 years has been sold at auction in Essex with all the proceeds going to the government.

Star of the sale at Sworders auction house in Stansted was a gold Japanese 20 yen piece from 1870. It sold for £34,800.