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This small celadon monochrome vase with a six-character Yongzheng mark, from the estate of Lady Elizabeth Georgiana Alice Cavendish, sold for £28,000 at Bamfords.

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The array of aristocratic trinkets offered with humbler estimates performed with gusto. It threw up a number of surprises, not least this small 3½in (8.5cm) celadon monochrome vase with a six-character Yongzheng (1723-35) mark below. Estimated as a later copy at just £100-200, it took £28,000.