Model found in attic could fetch thousands

A rare model of a Chinese boat which has been collecting dust in the attic of a house in Essex for thirty years is expected to fetch around £8,000 at auction today (Tuesday 13 November).

The model could fetch £8,000 Credit: Sworders' Stansted Mountfitchet

The two-foot-high ivory model is just one of the lots going under the hammer at the Sworders' Stansted Mountfitchet auction rooms. Its owner, who is from north Essex, only realised how much the model was worth when it was valued by experts.