One hole drilled in the bottom for the flex; a couple of screws in the top for the light fitting. Then – in keeping with the prevailing style of the 1970s – a gaudy red shade to finish it off.
He might have been a little less keen to mess about with the marble vase had he realised it was actually a rare Roman urn from the first century AD.
And, despite his handiwork, it fetched £445,250 at auction when the contents of the late Mr Barratt’s home were sold.
Now the cinerary vase, which would once have housed the ashes of an important citizen, is about to resume its status as a treasured, ancient relic.
Story: The Daily Mail | Photo: bnps.co.uk