A collection of rare gem-encrusted Indian treasures have fetched nearly £5m at auction - more than three times their estimated price.
Adventurer Lord Clive amassed a large collection of artefacts
A jewelled 17th Century jade flask was among the items produced for the Mughal royal court in India and brought back to the UK by Lord Clive.
Decorated with emeralds and rubies, the 25cm high flask sold for £2,917,250.
Other artefacts auctioned at Christie's in London included a dagger and a fly swatter studded with rubies.
The flask was believed have been one of the treasures looted from the Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah by the invading Persian monarch, Nadir Shah, in 1739.
There are only two similar flasks in existence, which are now part of the Hermitage Collection in Russia and an exhibition at London's Somerset House.
The fly swatter sold for 113 times its estimate, fetching £901,250, while the pistol-grip dagger sold for £733,250.
The flask was said to have been looted from the Mughal emperor
A huqqa pipe decorated with sapphires and royal blue enamel fetched £94,850, and a pale green nephrite jade bowl sold for £53,775.
The flask was sold to a commission bidder while the four other Murghal objects were bought by anonymous telephone bidders.
Lord Clive, the son of a Shropshire squire, had become a soldier and adventurer who had risen through the East India Company, amassing an incredible collection of artefacts.
He became an opium addict and committed suicide in 1774 at the age of 49.