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Rare dish sells for $1.7M after being found in a drawer in Scotland

Rare dish sells for $1.7M after being found in a drawer in Scotland
A 16th century dish by Italian potter Nicola da Urbino was auctioned for more than $1.7 million after being found in a drawer at a Scottish country house. Photo courtesy of Lyon & Turnbull

Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A 16th century dish bearing a biblical scene by artist Nicola da Urbino sold for more than $1.7 million after being found in a drawer in Scotland.

British auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull said the firm's European ceramics specialist was examining the contents of Lowood House, a country house in the Scottish Borders, when she found the dish in a drawer.

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The dish, which depicts a scene from the biblical story of Samson and Delilah, is believed to have been created by potter Nicola da Urbino around 1520-23.

The tin-glazed Italian earthenware dish, known as a maiolica, was described as "incredibly rare" by the auction house, which had expected it to sell for between $109,000 and $163,000.

The maiolica exceeded expectations by selling for $1,721,000 during Wednesday's online auction.

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