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2,000-year-old bronze jug sold to private collector after bidding war in Barnard Castle
AN ancient bronze jug sold for seven times its asking price during an antiques auction on Saturday.
The 2,000-year-old jug was valued between £2,000 and £3,000 at the Addisons Spring Catalogue Sale, in Barnard Castle, County Durham, but ended up selling for £14,000.
The artifact, from the 1st Century AD, is thought to have originated from Southern Italy, and was accompanied by a document verifying the likelihood of its origins.
Richard Edwards, from Addisons, said: “Bidding for the jug was very fierce and it was finally sold to a private collector, in the face of hot competition from the trade.”
Another success story from Saturday’s sale was a French carved oak coffer which was valued at £700 to 900, but sold for £13,500.
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