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A moss-covered old 'doorstep' similar to Sri Lanka's moonstone (Sandakada pahana) found in a garden was sold for £553,250 at an auction in UK yesterday, the Sun reported

Owner Bronwyn Hickmott had been told the 1,300-year-old carved granite from a Buddhist temple might fetch £30,000.

She was amazed when a bidding war landed half a million pounds. She said: “When it reached more than £40,000 my jaw dropped to the floor. We are just overwhelmed.”

Bronwyn had spent ten years trying to persuade auction houses, TV antique shows and stonemasons that it was “something special”.

But she was repeatedly turned away until an expert from Bonhams identified it as a temple step — one of only seven known examples in the world.

Bronwyn said after the London auction: “Everyone just pooh-poohed our belief that it was special.”

Her parents found the stone in the garden of a home they bought from a tea planter who returned to Britain from Sri Lanka in the Fifties.

The family kept the step and it ended up at Bronwyn’s home in Exeter, Devon.

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  • Abdul Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:38 AM

    the question is how these things went out of sri lanka ?

    C.K.Lankaputhra Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:34 PM

    Sri Lanka is already auctioned to China. So what?

    Ranjitdea Wednesday, 24 April 2013 10:42 PM

    Its no secret that the Britsh robbed Ceylon during its occupation here

    Thushari Perera Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:35 AM

    Sure thing mate :)

    Just4Justice Wednesday, 24 April 2013 11:39 AM

    When it's gone it's gone, try and atleast protect the remaining moonstones before our robbers steal it

    saradiyal Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:22 AM

    Now we'll see the rest of them disappear from ancient temples of Sri Lanka thanks to greedy politicians.

    gamini Wednesday, 24 April 2013 09:36 AM

    So, Wts. the big Issue...?

    MayIwin Silva Wednesday, 24 April 2013 12:01 PM

    You wait and see. When the Nayaka Priest opens the door of the temple early morning, he will see stars not the moon stone.

    ranjith lal Thursday, 25 April 2013 04:40 AM

    The majority of the readers in this newspaper seems to hate Sri Lanka.


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