Chinese porcelain bowl sold in the September 7 sale at Greenslade Taylor & Hunt for £9000.

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Decorated in enamel and gilt with a procession of figures and a six character Qianlong mark to the base, the 6½in (17cm) diameter bowl was estimated at £40-60. It had a substantial replaced chip.

Online bidders, believing it may be period, quickly sent it into four figures before a phone buyer took over and the bowl, now going back to China, sold at £9000.