25 Sep 2018
November 23, 2015 - Filed under: Auctions — Richard

A vase that was nearly destroyed during a game of football, was recently sold at auction, losing thousands from its value.

Around 40 years ago, two children paying a game of “hit the target” broke a valuable antique vase and despite being repaired, it knocked around £150,000 off the final selling price. The brother and sister were alternately balancing the vase on their head and taking turns to try and knock it over with a football. When the sister hit the vase, it was damaged, breaking it into two pieces. The 20 inch high vase, which is made of glass, split into two halves. Following its repair, the vase was left with a visible crack, 12 inches long.

The vase was originally identified when the siblings requested a probate valuation for a deceased estate. John Keightley, who is from Hansons Auctioneers based in Derby, spotted the damage on the vase immediately and taking this into account, valued the vase at £800. Just two weeks before the sale was due to take place, the amount of interest in the vase increased, resulting in the auctioneer, Charles Hanson, starting the bidding off at £15,000. Eventually the antique sold for £48,000 although without the damage it would have probably sold for £200,000.

The great grandfather of the siblings bought the vase at a Paris Exhibition in 1900. It was made by the French artist Emile Galle. The siblings were pleased with the outcome of the sale. It is possible to buy antiques that look good atop an antique dining table , like the vase, but without the damage.

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