An Egyptian bronze cat that was nearly thrown in a skip has been sold at auction for £52,000. The bronze figure - thought to be 2,500 years old - was discovered in a house clearance in west Cornwall. [...] Auctioneer David Lay said the original owners had no idea of the artefact's value and were going to throw it in a skip. Mr Lay said he discovered the cat was owned by Douglas Liddell who died in 2003. He had retired to Cornwall in 1987 after being the managing director at Spink and Son, a London firm that handled sales of Egyptian antiquities.The 26th Dynasty figure was sold for several times the pre-auction estimate, it had been expected to fetch between £5,000-10,000, but (perhaps because of the back story') was been bought by a "prominent London dealer" for £52,000. How many collectors have proper catalogues of their acquisitions allowing the identity of items to be determined after their death?
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