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250-year-old South Carolina teapot sells for 'unheard of' price

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John Bartlam teapot (Source: Woolley and Wallis) John Bartlam teapot (Source: Woolley and Wallis)

A porcelain teapot believed to have been made in South Carolina before the Revolutionary War fetched an "unheard of" high price at an international auction last week.

According to Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms, the teapot attributed to John Bartlam around 1765 sold for £460,000. With fees, the selling price is estimated to be $806,000 in U.S. dollars., according to The New York Times.

Bartlam traveled from England to Cain Hoy, South Carolina in 1763 to set up a business as a potter.

Woolley staff said the teapot, which features a pattern believed to be Sandhill cranes native to SC, was something many of them had grown fond of - but they were still surprised by its "staggering" selling price.

The teapot will be moved to its new home at the New York Metropolitan Museum.

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