'Toothbrush holder' exceeds antique price guide of £400

A Chinese brush pot - used by a collector as a toothbrush holder - has sold for £30,000.

An old Chinese brush pot has sold at auction for £30,000, exceeding its antique price guide of between £400 and £600.

Gordon Murray from Aberdeen used the relic as a toothbrush holder but it has now hopefully gone on to bigger and better things after going under the hammer at Lyon and Turn bull, the Press and Journal reports.

Mr Murray himself began amassing antiques while as a young boy growing up in Scotland in the 1950s, saying: "Every Saturday I would head off into the antique shops in town, including Young's in Belmont Street and Alec 'Cocky' Hunter's in Cast legate, where I would buy what my meagre pocket money could afford."

He befriended fellow collector Harvey Murray and, following his death in 2004, inherited his apartment and items from his own assortment.

Lots from this hoard made a total of £183,000 at yesterday's (September 30th's) auction.

Similarly, the Daily Mail recently reported that a Chinese porcelain bowl - given an antique price guide of £600 - sold for £38,000.

It bore a picture of a man ploughing a paddy field, alongside some water buffalo.

Posted by John Folwell

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