A vase in a family's kitchen for decades was worth $1.8 million

A rare 18th-century Chinese vase stored in a British kitchen sold at auction for $1.8 million—$1 million more than anticipated.

Dreweatts in England sold the blue relic. According to their website, the vase was made for the court of the Qianlong Emperor, the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty (1736-1795).

"We're happy to be able to offer this valuable vase to the market," says Mark Newstead, Asian ceramics and art expert at Dreweatts.

CNN reports that Newstead observed the vase at a friend's lunch. The surgeon who bought the rare item in the 1980s gave it to his son. 

The family kept the vase in the kitchen before moving it to the drawing room (a safer spot for centuries old piece).

Dreweatts says this vase would take three kiln firings to achieve its three glazes and enamels.