Fernhurst auction bonanza for pensioner

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WHEN a visitor to a car book sale picked up a doorstop for £4, she thought it was money well spent.

She did not realise quite how well spent it was until it went under the hammer at John Nicholson’s auction house for £9,500.

At just six and a half inches high, it turned out to be an 18th century Sino Tibetan gilt-bronze sculpture of the multi-armed Hayagriva, a Tantric Buddhist deity, and his consort.

So she was astounded when the hammer came down at the Fernhurst auctioneers on Friday (December 4).

“We couldn’t have been more pleased,” said Mr Nicholson. “The Asian art market, including traditional Chinese works, has softened recently, so prices are not what they were. With that in mind we put an estimate of £500-700 on it, so the eventual price really was exceptional. I suppose you could say it was a bit of a Buddhist bonanza for the consignor.”

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