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A women whose antique carpet was valued by experts at 800 GBP but then sold on for 6.2 million GBP by auctioneers Christie's is suing her valuers for compensation.

The 17th century Persian rug's original owner took it to a local auction house in Augsburg, Germany, who put a three figure reserve on it and sold it for just under 20,000 GBP.

But she was horrified when just weeks later the carpet - a rare Kirman 'Vase' style - was sold in London by its new owner for more than 6 million GBP, making it the most expensive rug in the world.

Judges had at first kicked out her compensation claim, saying her valuers had not breached their duty of care to her.

Now appeal judges in Munich have agreed to re-open the case, and decide if she is due compensation.

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