The value of a family’s collection of ancient Chinese artifacts in Britain turned out to be more than £8 million, or Rs 81 crore. The collection includes rare royal artifacts. The collection was started in 1919 by Officer Edward Parry and his wife Angela during World War I. The collection, which included over 100 antiques, sold for around £8 million, with high demand at international auctions.
This collection is passed down through three generations of a family. It was eventually sold through London auctioneer Bonhams. Some of these relics sold for about 15 times their pre-sale estimates. Buying these, some wealthy Chinese buyers were claiming to have regained their lost heritage. A Qianlong incense burner with a Buddhist lion cover was originally priced at £80,000 but sold for £1.22 million.
Collection sold three times more expensive than the estimated price
The most expensive of these sold was a teapot in the shape of a blue watermelon that Emperor Qianlong himself used. Emperor Qianlong’s reign was from 1736 to 1795. It sold for £2.06 million, up from its estimated price of £800,000. The entire collection sold for a total of £7.89 million, well above the estimated £3 million.
Ancient artifacts were filled in the house
Edward and Angela Parry had filled their home in Devon and their townhouse in London with antique Chinese items. The couple had three sons, one of whom, John Parry, was awarded the Military Cross in 1942. Edward Parry died in 1946 at the age of 67, while Angela died in 1977.