Image op under the hammerA WORD of warning for any readers who think they may own a £250,000 rare Chinese vase. If it’s got a tiny chip in it, make sure you get an expert in to fix it.

On no account should you do what a woman in Salisbury did this week and try to fix it yourself… with a big hammer. Because, as the unnamed woman in question unfortunately discovered, you could end up accidentally knocking a big chunk out of the vase and reducing its value by around £200,000.

“Without the damage it might have been be worth £250,000,” said smug Auction house spokeswoman Clare Durham.