We are absolutely delighted that the teapot we have all become so fond of sold yesterday for an unheard of hammer price of £460,000.
The John Bartlam teapot caught the imagination of many, and as its lot number drew near, the atmosphere in the auction room became increasingly tense. Woolley's staff joined those already in attendance and the press were present to record this very unusual sale.
It found its new home at the New York Metropolitan Museum through London dealer Rod Jellicoe, who topped the stakes at £460,000 against a telephone bidder.
You can watch the sale of our favourite teapot below, what a special moment it was.
London Dealer Rod Jellicoe and Ceramics Specialist Clare Durham celebrate following the sale.