Bargain hunter paid $20 for old South Carolina teapot. It just sold for $806,000


A cracked teapot made in South Carolina before the Revolutionary War stunned the auction world days ago by selling in England for an astounding $806,000, media outlets report.

Of that, about $520,000 was for the teapot. The rest was for fees, reported the New York Times. The winning bid was made by Roderick Jellicoe, a London dealer, who was acting on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, said a press release.

The final price is 23 times what the pot was expected to fetch, media outlets report. The teapot — which is 3.5 inches high and 5 inches across — is missing its lid and has an obvious repair for a cracked handle. Among the decorations is one of South Carolina’s famous palmettos, which is the official state tree.


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