Leicester woman shocked as vase she bought for £20 sells for £22,000

A woman from Leicester who bought a vase for £20 from a car boot sale many years ago has fetched almost £22,000 at an arts auction in Market Harborough.

The 1950s ceramic, tall vase was bought in the 1990s by the lady, but little did she know it was made by the German-born British studio potter Hans Coper.

The vase was initially estimated between £5,000 – £8,000, however online and telephone bidding reached well above the expected price. The stoneware vase finally sold for £21,960.

Quite understandably, the woman who used to own the vase was shocked and amazed at how much it went for.

Will Gilding, Director of Gildings Auctioneers, said: “My vendor is flabbergasted that a vase she has lived with for all these years on her floor, with children playing around it, and the vacuum cleaner bumping against it every week, has raised so much money.”

He said, the woman has retired recently and noticed the potter’s signature mark on the base.

Hans Coper had fled Nazi persecution during the Second World War, taking refuge in the UK. Shortly after the war he went to work at a ceramic button factory where he developed his talents with the potter’s wheel.

Coper’s works can be found in art galleries around the world.