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    Bargain hunter buys broken teapot for £15 – then sells it for half a million at auction

    A bargain hunter who bought a broken porcelain teapot for £15 is celebrating today after it sold for a whopping £575,000.
    The blue and white teapot turned out to be one of the first pieces of porcelain ever made in America 250 years ago.
    It was the work of British expat John Bartlam, a potter who took his trade across the Atlantic to show the Americans how to make porcelain.
    His work was so well regarded that Josiah Wedgwood feared it would threaten their exports.
    But Bartlam’s enterprise was cut short by the American Revolution and hardly any examples of his work exist today.