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Vase that was used as a doorstop auctioned for £650,000

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The antique vase, which was unearthed at a home in the Black Country, has been described by auctioneers as 'the find of a lifetime.'

It had been discovered propping open a door, but was later discovered to be a rare Chinese artefact from the 18th century

It was auctioned off today by Derbyshire based company Hanson's and was originally thought it might be sold for around a million pounds, but in the end fetched £650,000.

The vase was sold to this lucky lady Credit: ITV News Central

It is a quite spell bounding vase. It was made in China during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1735-99), the vase was just possibly manufactured by the Imperial kilns for the Emperor's Summer Palace. Of hexagonal outline it is brilliantly painted in tones of cobalt blue. With boughs of pomegranate and peach alternating with flowering branches, it is a work of art, painted with the Qianlong mark to the base.

With important Chinese porcelain once removed from China during the 19th century and being bought back by Chinese billionaires today.

– Charles Hanson, Hanson Associates

A similar vase can be found in the Nanjing Museum in China ‎and important other museum and private collections. The vase's pattern incorporates clear design influences from the European baroque, and elegantly combines the traditional 'heaped and piled' effect of much earlier Ming blue and ‎whites.