Reverse painted mirror

A Chinese export reverse painted mirror, £37,000 at Lymington Auctions.

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Measuring 2ft x 3ft (60 x 90cm), it was in exceptional condition with only minor imperfections and took £37,000 (plus 24% buyer’s premium) at Hampshire firm Lymington Auctions on March 30-31.

It came for sale from a family home in Lymington where it had hung for over 80 years.

Several phone bidders competed for it well past the £10,000-15,000 estimate, with one winning out.

Lymington Auctions, owned by vintage toy specialist Nick Powner and his son James Powner, is based in the building where George Kidner had an auction house for over 50 years.