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'Cheap' broken teapot sells for £575,000

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A broken teapot bought for £15 has sold for £575,000 after it was discovered to be one of America's first pieces of porcelain.

A bargain hunter thought the blue and white item, which was missing its lid and had a broken handle glued back on, was common pearlware.

But the hobbyist dealer's pot turned out to be the work of John Bartlam, a British potter who took his trade across the Atlantic 250 years ago.

Bartlam's enterprise was cut short by the American Revolution and hardly any examples of his work exist today.


£575,000 = 798744.00 US Dollar

£15 = 208.37 US Dollar

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Curious tropical imagery, and what appears, at first glance, to be stylized representations of the extinct Dodo.  

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