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Video: Ming Cup fetches £3m for Staffordshire University

A rare Ming cup bequeathed to Staffordshire University has fetched more than £3 million at auction.

The Cup dates back to the early 15th century and was sold in Hong Kong. It was part of a collection of oriental ceramics donated to the University by a London chemist in the 1940s to prevent damage during the Second World War.

Money from the sale will fund a purpose built centre for ceramics at the University's Stoke-on-Trent campus which will house the remainder of the 270 piece collection.

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Amazing artwork so small it is invisible to the naked eye

The pinhead next to the artwork shows how incredibly small it really is Credit: Willard Wigan

One of the world's most expensive watches will be on display tomorrow at Staffordshire University, it is worth more than £1 million.

The watch contains a sculpture by one of the Midlands most celebrated artists, but it is so small you need a microscope to see it.

'Out of this world' the art work is enjoyed by royalty and celebrities Credit: Willard Wigan

Willard Wigan's sculptures have been described as the eighth wonder of the world.

He has an MBE from the Queen, who also owns one his works, as does Simon Cowell, Mike Tyson and Sir Elton John.

The art is so small that special microscopes have to be used to see it Credit: Willard Wigan

The sculptures that Willard creates are so small they cannot be seen by the naked eye, so small, they fit easily in the eye of a needle.

John Lennon, the former Beatles band member Credit: Willard Wigan

The watch will be available to see at a free talk Wilard is giving tomorrow at the University, the rest of his collection is on display there next week.

They really do need to be seen to be believed.

Amy Winehouse the former award winning singer Credit: Willard Wigan
One small step for man: An astronaut and flag mark the giant leap for mankind Credit: Willard Wigan

Willard Wigan's free talk, 'Explaining the eighth wonder of the world', takes place at Staffordshire University's Science Centre on Saturday 16th March at 11am.

It celebrates the opening of his 'Art Meets Science' touring exhibition of micro-sculptures which is at the University until March 22nd.

Million pound watch features tiny micro-sculpture

A wristwatch estimated to be worth one million pounds is going on display in the Midlands. Credit: Staffordshire university

A wristwatch estimated to be worth one million pounds is going on display in the Midlands.

What makes the watch so unique is the tiny micro-sculpture built into its design.

The sculpture itself is so small, it can only be seen under a microscope.

The watch features a micro-sculpture which can only be viewed under a microscope Credit: Staffordshire university

A special set of lenses have been added to the watch to make it visible.

Local Birmingham artist Willard Wigan was commissioned to create the sculpture.

The watch will go on display at Staffordshire University this weekend for the first time, alongside more of Willard's micro-sculptures- some so small they fit onto a pin head.

The watch will go on display this weekend Credit: Staffordshire university

Staffordshire University campus under threat of closure

Stafford could lose thousands of students under a major review which could see Staffordshire University close its campus in the town.

Staff at the University have been asked for their views on two main options for its future.

The first, keeping two campuses. Or, the second, moving everything to Stoke.

Jeremy Lefroy, Stafford MP, has pledged to fight "tooth and nail" to keep the campus in Stafford.

The recession, higher tuition fees and government demands have all been blamed for the review.

The University's Vice Chancellor, Michael Gunn, told staff that investment was available but it was not unlimited.