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In a sale that saw any number of dramatic results, the most expensive piece proved to be this very early, c.1753, blue and white Worcester baluster mug (both sides illustrated), 43/4in (12cm) high, painted with a hitherto unrecorded form of oriental inspired decoration. It was bought for £29,000 (plus 15 per cent premium) by Steppes Hill Farm Antiques on behalf of an English client, against telephone underbidding.