Three Of The Most Mem­o­rable Finds

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Richard Dadd paint­ing (sold for £100,000)

at barn­sta­ple in Devon in 1986, a lost paint­ing by the 19th-cen­tury artist – which had been miss­ing since 1857 – turned up. Owned by a lo­cal cou­ple, it had lan­guished in the loft of their fam­ily home for years.

Jar­dinière by Christofle (sold for £560,000)

at cleethor­pes, Lin­colnshire, in 1991, a plant pot sit­ting in its owner’s liv­ing room had a re­mark­able turn­around in for­tune. the Parisian bronze jar­dinière was, in fact, a French Japon­isme urn made in 1874. cast in gilt bronze, it was later sold at auc­tion.

Twelve sil­ver bull’s head stir­rup cups (£150,000 val­u­a­tion)

at hamp­ton court in 2010, ex­pert alas­tair Dick­en­son was shown 12 sil­ver stir­rup cups. Such cups first ap­peared in the mid-18th cen­tury and were usu­ally dec­o­rated with foxes. they were tra­di­tion­ally handed to the Master of the hunt, just be­fore the hunt be­gan. Stir­rup cups in the shape of a bull’s head are among the rarest pro­duced.

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