A family discovered that two stone sphinx statues they thought were replicas are real and worth almost £200,000.
The owners, from Clare, Suffolk, bought the items fifteen years ago and believed that the artifacts dated from the 18th or 19th century.
As they were moving house, they went to get them valued and sold off at Mander Auctioneers in Sudbury.
It was initially thought the carved sphinx statues would sell for between £300 and £500 when auctioneers first estimated their price.
The statues have a human head on the body of a lion. It was initially thought they would go for between £300-500 at auction and their owners thought they were replicas
They were in very bad condition because they became garden ornaments for the family which were covered in moss.
A builder had also secured them to the ground with cement and repaired them in the past.
But at auction on October 9, the owners were shocked at the prices being offered by bidders.
It was realised that the ornaments are Ancient Egyptian and likely to be more than 5,000 years old, according to the Metro.
Bidding began at £200 but people soon began offering sky-high sums of money for the statues after 15 minutes and they sold for £195,000.
The price they went for made them set a new house record for highest bid at the auction house.
Auctioneer James Mander said: ‘The bidding quickly went up to £100,000 and then seemed to stall, until the hammer finally fell at £195,000 to an international auction gallery, setting a new house record.
Mr Mander said: ‘This was an exciting day at the auction.
‘These are one of the highest value lots to be sold at a provincial auction this year.’
They are now expected to be displayed in a museum, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.
It was discovered that the pair of statues are Ancient Egyptian and are likely to be more than 5,000 years old. They sold for £195,000
What are Egyptian sphinxes and what do they represent?
Sphinxes are mythical creatures which the head of a human, falcon, cat or a sheep. They have the body of a lion with the wings of a falcon. Egyptian sphinxes are typically shown as a man. They were viewed as benevolent but with a ferocious strength similar to the malevolent Greek version. Egyptian sphinxes were thought of guardians and often flank entrances to temples.
The sphinxes depict a human head on the body of a lion and symbolize strength