Chinese vase found in shoebox in attic sells for £14m

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An 18th century Chinese vase left in a shoebox in an attic has sold for €16.2m (£14.3m) at an auction in Paris.

The vase, which was stored for decades along with other items inherited by the French seller, fetched the highest price reached for a single item sold by auction house Sotheby's.

Sotheby's Asian arts expert Olivier Valmier said the seller had delivered the precious vase by hand in a shoebox wrapped in newspaper.

"When she put the box on my desk and we opened it we were all stunned by the beauty of the piece," he said.

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