London, Jun 18 (PTI) A 19th century miner’s oil lamp has been sold for a staggering 15,000 pounds at an auction in the UK.
The Newcastle-type Davy lamp – designed for use in flammable atmospheres made – was estimated to sell for just 100 to 150 pounds.
Auctioneer Philip Allwood, from Moore Allen and Innocent, said he was “staggered” by the amount and believed it could be a world record high price for such an object.
The lamp had been “very, very difficult” to value, the auction house said.
It was bought by an anonymous buyer for a ‘staggering’ 15,000 pounds, ‘BBC News’ reported.
“It was in a box of bits and pieces that came into the auction for a general sale,” Allwood said.
“As far as I can see, I can’t find any miner’s lamp making any more money than this at any other auction,” he added.
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