London, Jan 29 (ANI): An ancient Chinese vase, which an elderly couple was using as umbrella stand, has been estimated to be worth 500,000 pounds.
It might have been be worth 1million pounds if it didn't have a crack in it - and been splashed with emulsion paint.
The 18-inch vase was made for the Chinese Emperor Qianlong in about 1740 and may have once belonged to Florence Nightingale, reports the Daily Express.
It was gifted to the couple 50 years ago,
The live in a modest home in Purbeck, Dorset.
The vase will be auctioned by Dukes auctioneers, of Dorchester, on February 11. (ANI)