Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - ANTIQUES ROADSHOW / GOLDEN MOMENTS -

We all dream of un­cov­er­ing a valu­able item at a car boot fair – and for the owner of this small glass vase, the dream ac­tu­ally came true.

The woman bought the 5in-high vase for £1 at a car boot sale be­cause she liked the plant stored in it. When the plant died the vase was put away, then un­earthed dur­ing a clearout. ‘We were go­ing to bin it; we thought it was a heap of junk,’ she said. Luck­ily, she in­stead took it along to the show at Dum­fries House in Scot­land in 2008, where Eric Knowles recog­nised it as the work of 20th cen­tury glass de­signer René Lalique. This 1929 vase was made us­ing a cire per­due process, which in­volves a wax pat­tern and plas­ter mould that can be used only once, mak­ing the piece unique. ‘This was the stuff of dreams,’ said Eric.

VAL­UED AT: £20,000.

CUR­RENTLY: It went for a com­mis­sion-in­clu­sive price of £32,450 at a Lon­don auc­tion house.

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