After This Old Vase Was Found Lying In An Attic, The Owner Learned It Was Worth A Phenomenal Figure

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Image: Twitter/Sotheby's France
Image: Twitter/Sotheby’s France

There’s a chance that you’ve searched feverishly through the items you’ve collected over the years, hoping to find something that the Antiques Roadshow would love – and which would also be worth a fortune. However, few of us are lucky enough to discover any treasures hiding among the old newspapers and video tapes.

Image: Etienne Boulanger
Image: Etienne Boulanger

But in March 2018 that’s exactly what happened to one lucky woman in France. A little digging yielded an incredibly rare piece of art, which had been tucked into a shoebox in an attic. And when the vase in question went to auction, it fetched a quite incredible sum of money.

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Image: Palace Museum, Beijing
Image: Giuseppe Castiglione

After all, it’s not every day that a stunning item dating back to the Chinese Qing dynasty is discovered. That phase of imperial rule ended in 1912; the vase itself, however, appears to originate from the period in which the Qianlong Emperor was ruler, from 1735 to 1796.

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