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After reading this story, people have probably taken a careful look at what they have stored away in their houses. 

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Pricey porcelain

LONDON: An 18th-century Chinese vase discovered in a house clearance fetched 43 million pounds (2 billion baht) at a London auction.

The 40cm Qianlong porcelain vase, sold by Bainbridges auctioneers, was bought by a private Chinese buyer. It is thought to be the highest-ever price paid for a Chinese art work at auction, and has made the brother and sister who inherited the vase after its discovery in a north London suburban home instant multi-millionaires.

‘‘They had no idea what they had. They were hopeful but didn’t dare believe until the hammer went down,’’ Helen Porter of Bainbridges said.

‘‘When it did, the sister had to go out of the room for air.’’ AFP

pricey – very expensive ซึ่งมีราคา, แพงมาก
porcelain – a hard shiny white substance used for making expensive dishes, cups, decorations etc เครื่องถ้วยเปลือกไข่
clearance – the process of removing things that are not wanted or used and often selling them การทำให้หมดไป, การเอาออกไป
fetch – to be sold for a particular amount of money ขายในราคาหนึ่ง
auction – a usually public sale of goods or property, where people make higher and higher bids (= offers of money) for each thing, until the thing is sold to the person who will pay most การขายโดยการประมูล, การขายทอดตลาด
auctioneer – a person who runs an auction by offering things for sale and taking bids (offers) ผู้ขายทอดตลาด
inherit – to receive money, a house, etc. from someone after they have died รับมรดก
suburb – an area or town near a large city but away form its centre ชานเมือง
instant – immediate ทันที
multi-millionaire – a person who has many millions of pounds, dollars, baht, etc.
the hammer went down – the sale was completed (with the auctioneer making a sound with his hammer)

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