A 300 year old Chinese bamboo brushpot has sold at a Salisbury auction for £360,000. When workers in a charity shop accepted the pot as a donation they had no idea of the treasure they were about to uncover but as they unwrapped the items the very old carved wooden pot caught their eye.
An expert in Asian art at auctioneers Woolley and Wallis confirmed it was a rare brushpot made in China between 1662 and 1722 by one of the most famous artists of the period.
The winning collector was from Hong Kong who was among bidders from around the world.
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