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Burglars threaten 83-year old in her bedroom

An eighty three year old woman, who was threatened with torture and kidnap by burglars, has been speaking about her terrifying ordeal. They broke into the home of former antiques dealer Mary Smith at Chilham near Canterbury in the early hours of the morning. Tom Savvides has this report.

Second rare bowl could fetch up to £200k

A second rare Chinese bowl is up for auction Credit: ITV Meridian

A retired businessman has found the twin to a rare Chinese bowl which fetched almost two hundred thousands pounds at auction. The second bowl could go for the same amount when it goes under the hammer in Canterbury next week.

The rare Chinese vase goes up for auction in Canterbury next week
The first bowl in a presentation pack Credit: The Canterbury Auction Galleries


Antiques worth millions donated to Oxford museum

A collection of gold and silver antiques worth millions of pounds has been donated to the Ashmolean Museum.

Around 500 objects, which belonged to antiques collector Michael Wellby who died last year, will go on show at the museum in Oxford.

Mr Wellby's family were involved in the silver trade and he became an acknowledged expert in German silver and a regular at auctions where he built up his collection.

The collection includes a silver gilt ewer made in Portugal in the 16th century and a lapis lazuli bowl with gold mounts made in Prague in around 1608. A selection of items will go show in a temporary display from February before the entire collection is displayed in a permanent gallery.

The Ashmolean is extremely grateful to Michael and his family. This is the most important accession of objects of this sort to any UK museum since the bequest of objects from Waddesdon Manor by Ferdinand Rothschild to the British Museum in 1898."

– Professor Tim Wilson, Keeper of the Department of Western Art

Hidden treasures auction raises £¼m

Hand carved bowl went for £70,000 at auction

A collection of antiques found in a council flat in Hampshire has sold for a quarter of a million pounds at auction. The items were found after the tenant's death in Portsmouth. One of the hidden treasures was a 171-year-old hand carved bowl from a Native American tribe which fetched £70,000.