A Chinese emperor's vase sold for just 1 pounds in the UK was later found to be worth 80,000 pounds, triggering heated debate among Chinese netizens.
A man, whose name was not revealed, bought the vase at a charity shop for 1 pounds and put it on sale at a low starting price on eBay, an online auction and shopping platform, before being flooded with offers.
Realizing it may be valuable, the buyer took the vase to an antiques auction house for authentication and valuation, and shockingly found it originally belonged to the 18th-century Chinese Emperor Qianlong.
The pear-shaped vase has yellow background, a color used solely for the royal family, with yangcai (foreign colors) enamel.
On its eight-inch-tall body, there is a poem written by Emperor Qianlong and two red seals, with one reading "Emperor Qianlong's own mark" and the other "elaborately made with undivided heart."
The Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers said it was court commissioned and probably displayed in one of the emperor's palaces, so it is rare and highly valued.
Listed at 80,000 pounds currently, it will be auctioned on Nov 8.