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Neglected Ancient Egyptian Sculpture in a Garden Turns Out to Be Real

As wished, a dream comes through as a crumbling pot found at a yard sale, or grandma’s old necklace worth thousands. 

A family in Suffolk that decided to get rid of their untidy garden statues found two stone models of sphinx statues with a human head and lion body. 

For years, they have been there till the homeowners decided to sell them at auction due to their relocation.  

The discovered Egyptian relics took the regard of 18th or 19th-century replicas and were put up for sale at Mander Auctioneers in Sudbury and valued at $407- 680. 

Realizing it is a genuine artifact from Ancient Egypt between 5000 years ago, they sold them at an overwhelming price of $265,527.60. 

The auctioneer explains that the current owners had to repair the sphinxes using concrete due to heavy wear and other losses. 

He added that the sphinxes have been in the owner’s garden yard till recently, when they transferred them to the auction.  

Though there was lots of interest before the auction, the owner had no information of its value until the auction began. 

The bidding first started with 200 euros from numerous internet buyers and telephone bidders. In a short while, it went up to 100,000 euro and then finally fell to 195,000 euro to an international auction gallery.

These sphinxes are one of the highest value artifacts to be sold at a provincial auction.

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