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Car boot sale vase nets 32,450

Lalique vase
The Lalique vase was bought for 1 at a car boot sale

A vase bought for 1 at a car boot sale in the south of Scotland has sold for 32,450 at auction in London.

The true value of the item - purchased in Dumfries - was revealed when the anonymous buyer had it examined by experts on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow.

It was identified as being a 1929 work Feuilles Fougeres by the renowned French designer Rene Lalique.

The vase was put up for auction and went under the hammer at Christie's in South Kensington on Wednesday.

The glass vase stands 12.5cm (5in) high and was made by an ancient process known as cire perdue.

It involves a wax model being covered in plaster before it is heated and the liquid wax replaced with molten glass.

Once it has been cooled the plaster mould is destroyed to reveal the item inside.

Prices for Lalique's work have risen considerably in recent times.

Born in 1860, he set up his own factory in Paris and was a major contributor to the Art Nouveau movement.

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