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

The owner of this in­tri­cately dec­o­rated bronze urn and stand said his chil­dren had reg­u­larly used it as a goal post be­cause of its height – an all-too-com­mon event among fam­i­lies who live with items rather than wor­ry­ing about the po­ten­tially pre­cious value of their pos­ses­sions.

He in­her­ited the piece from his par­ents, who pur­chased it in 1946 as one of sev­eral an­tiques for which they paid £100. In 1991 he took it to the Cleethor­pes An­tiques Road­show. Ex­pert Eric Knowles no­ticed the gilded and pati­nated jar­diniere in the Japon­isme style had the French maker’s mo­tif Christofle & Cie en­graved on it, as well as 1874. His ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the piece was in no doubt.

VAL­UED AT: £10,000.

CUR­RENTLY: The as­tounded owner made a wise de­ci­sion to keep it, and 20 years later, when the mar­ket for such pieces was more favourable, he en­tered it for sale at a ma­jor Lon­don auc­tion house and it sold for an astro­nom­i­cal com­mis­sion-in­clu­sive £668,000.

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