Elizabeth I's Chinese teapot sold for 1m pounds

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A unique Chinese tea kettle that belonged to Queen Elizabeth I fetched more than £1 million pounds at auction yesterday.

The Queen is said to have given the 10-inch high kettle -- one of the first pieces of imperial porcelain to arrive in England -- to her chaplain, the Bishop of Worcester, Henry Parry [1561-1616], who was at her deathbed in 1603.

The silver-mounted Ming "Wucai" kettle, painted in vibrant enamel and depicting songbirds and peach trees, was sold at Sotheby's in Hong Kong for £1,079,000 -- way over the upper estimate of £785,000.

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