Chinese interest in regaining the country's lost heritage was shown when a 19th century Chinese vase fetched an astonishing price at a Perth auction sale this week. Bidders at the Fine Art Sale at Lindsay Burns & Co. gave a spontaneous round of applause as the blue and white bottle vase sold for £55,000- tens of thousands more than the estimate. It has been placed in the auction by a Tayside seller who had it in their family since a trip to China bt ancetsors in the 1800's and has been sold back to a Chinese buyer. Auctioneer Nick Burns said; "At the moment the Chinese market for antiques and porcelain, works of art, silver and jade is very strong.The Chinese are really keen to buy back their heritage, and as their economy has risen interest in buying it back has risen as well. There were around 100 Chinese items in the sale and they attracted massive interest from Chinese buyers, both in China and Hong Kong. There was a lot of activity on that section of the sale online and also on the phones- we had 10 lines open for bids." The spectacular vase has the Daoguang seal mark, placing it in the 1644 to 1911 Qing Dynasty, and is closely modelled on Ming period pieces.