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Rare Chinese vase fetches more than £500,000 at auction

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image captionA Chinese bowl found in the attic of a house in West Baldwin has fetched more than half a million pounds

A rare Chinese vase found in the attic of a house in West Baldwin has sold for more than £500,000 at an auction in the Isle of Man.

The Qianlong porcelain planter was bought by a telephone bidder on the line from Hong Kong for £520,000 at Murray's Auctioneers on Friday.

The estimate price of the item was between £40,000 and £60,000.

Three of the largest Chinese art dealers from London flew to the island last week to view the item.

Auctioneer Murray Keefe described the selling price as "staggering".

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