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Pair of ultra-rare Fabergé flowers found in a tea towel could fetch half a million pounds

A pair of ultra-rare Fabergé flowers are expected to fetch a staggering half a million pounds at auction after they were found wrapped in an old tea towel.

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The elegant ornaments had been stored inside a shoe box for 40 years until the owner spotted one that was valued for £1 million while watching Antiques Roadshow.

She had inherited them from her family who had "lived in high circles in society" and took them along to a free valuation day at Hanson's Auctioneers in London.

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Antiques expert Charles Hanson said the discovery is his "most significant find ever" in over 15 years as an auctioneer.

The six-inch long flowers are now expected to fetch an eye-watering £500,000 when they go under the hammer on June 11.

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It was totally unexpected – as the best finds always are.

A client came along to our Hampton Court office in Bridge Road, carrying a humble cardboard box.

Inside, wrapped in an old tea towel, was the holy grail of what an auctioneer can expect only in their wildest of dreams - not one, but two, Fabergé flowers.

It was spellbinding - a quite extraordinary find made during a routine valuation morning.

– Charles Hanson, antiques expert

Only about 80 of Fabergé’s botanical studies are known to have survived with the majority in the Royal Collection.