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The Chinese gilt-bronze figure of Maitreya that made £31,000 at The Canterbury Auction Galleries.

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Offered in their two-day sale in Kent on April 16-17, it measured 9in (23cm) high and hands held in a dharmacakra mudra.

Bought from Spink & Son Singapore in 1977, it sold for more than ten times its estimate for £31,000.

The buyer's premium was 20%.