A VASE bought in a charity shop in Leigh has sold for more than £3,000.
The vase belonged to Amanda Lawler, whose daughter Mary bought it for her in a charity shop in Leigh for £8.50 back in 2020.
Now, the piece has sold for £3,400 at Lockdales Auctioneers near Ipswich.
Mrs Lawler revealed that she had been using the ornament as a doorstop on occasions, and almost discarded it during a house move.
However, her perspective changed when she caught sight of a similar item on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, which was appraised by the programme’s specialist Lars Tharp at a value of up to £10,000.
Speaking ahead of the auction in Ipswich, Mrs Lawler said she had tasked her daughter with finding an ornament for the WC, and was pleased when she was sent a photo of the vase in a shop with the asking price of £8.50.
However, she had suggested her daughter try ‘offering a fiver for it…’ which she would not do as it was a charity shop.
“It just sat in the corner of the downstairs toilet for quite a while,” Mrs Lawler admitted.
She added that it appears highly probable the vase was once part of a pair that had been donated to charity, but was subsequently separated, as both vases were acquired from different shops at a comparable price.
When it went to Lockdales Auctioneers, it generated significant interest.
With a guide price ranging between £3,000 and £4,000, the vase was eventually sold for £3,400.
It is believed that a private collector, likely from the UK, acquired the item.
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