A RARE collection of pottery was unearthed at a valuation day held by South Derbyshire-based auctioneers.
As people queued up clutching what they hoped was a hidden gem, one collection in particular caught the eye of experts from Hansons, in Etwall.
The collection of Royal Doulton ceramics was valued at more than £2,000, with some pieces thought to be worth around £500 each.
Of particular interest to the experts at Hansons, which is run by Charles Hanson, who has appeared on popular TV shows such as Bargain Hunt, was an extremely rare miniature vase by Charles Noke and Harry Nixon imitating Chinese heavy glazed porcelain, thought to be worth between £500 and £800.
The collection of about a dozen pieces ranging from figures to vases includes some items not produced commercially which are believed to be unique.
Hansons Auctioneers regularly sells sought-after products, with a dress worn by Queen Victoria and a jacket belonging to John Lennon among items to have gone under the hammer.