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1) Gilt bronze buddha from charity shop makes five-figure sum in Gloucestershire

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An 18th century Tibetan gilt bronze bodhisattva that had been donated to a charity shop.

The 18th century Tibetan model made a hammer price of £15,000 at Mallams where it was one of many highlights during the two-day Asian art auction.

2) Chinese vase bought for £1 sells for £380,000 at Sworders

Another charity shop chart-topper was a Qianlong famille rose wall vase, the most expensive item the London auction house has ever sold. The vendor bought it with no clue as to its real identity.

3) Bidders vie for record-setting Chinese teapot

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A rare Qianlong celadon-glaze pear-shaped teapot has set a record for Asian art week this season selling for a hammer price of £800,000 at Duke’s of Dorchester.

A rare Qianlong celadon-glaze pear-shaped teapot decorated with a peach and pip was hammered down for £800,00 at Duke’s in Dorset.

4) Darwin classic turns heads in Chicago auction of Leslie Hindman

A first edition of On the Origin of Species was knocked down for the highest price ever, eclipsing the total made in Bonhams New York last year.

5) Hammer highlights

Recent highlights at auction included Royal Crown Derby vases, a Treen model ship and Georgian longcase clock.

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An 18th century treen model of a ship’s hull – £1600 at Special Auction Services.

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