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Electric lamp turns out to be 2,000-year-old Roman vase

The base of a lamp has turned out to be a 2,000-year-old Roman vase which just sold at auction for over $700,000. 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

18th century vase sells for record breaking $85 million

An 18th century Qianlong porcelain vase has set a world record by bringing in more than $85 million at auction. The hammer fell after 30-minutes of furious bidding between six men in the room and three telephone bidders. It was eventually sold to a Chinese man, said to be a

Looted artifacts being returned from NYC to Italy

A looted Pompeii plaster wall painting and a Corinthian vase for mixing water and wine are being returned to Italy. They were recovered by immigration and customs officials in June. Both items had been scheduled for auction in New York before they were discovered to have been stolen. Immigration officials said the

A ‘virtually priceless’ Roman vase

A 2,000-year-old Roman vase has been hailed as one of the most important of its kind. Julian Roup, a Bonhams expert, said: "There are three reasons that the vase is virtually priceless. "The first is that there are only 15 other Roman vessels of this kind on the planet. The second is

Shards from ancient vase found in Japan

Shards belonging to an 8th century vase have been unearthed in Nara, Japan. Kanazawa University archaeology Professor Tatsuo Sasaki said the vase shards found at the former location of the Heijokyo palace were proof Nara once played a role in the extensive international trading route known as the Silk Road of

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