Cracked vase fetches £750,000 at auction

A CRACKED vase discovered in an elderly couple's spare bedroom fetched £750,000 at auction yesterday after experts found it was an 18th century Chinese masterpiece.

The owners, from Purbeck, Dorset. said to be of "modest" means, were unaware the object sitting in their home was made in 1740 for the Emperor Qianlong.