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Published April 26, 2012, 12:00 AM

Ancient Chinese iron

This 8-inch, early 20th-century copy of an ancient Chinese iron used to press cloth sold for $89 at a December 2011 Ivey-Selkirk auction in St. Louis. Its shape inspired a 1950s ashtray. An antique Chinese iron would sell for hundreds of dollars.
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