A 19th Century paddle which recently fetched over £9,000 at a Knowle auction was given to its owner to paddle his dinghy up the Thames as a child.
The Solomon Island paddle, which dates from the 1820s, sold for a whopping £9,500 at a recent auction at Knowle Auction Rooms.
Daisy Bedford, director of the newly-open business, said: “It was very exciting.
“We knew it was a good piece but I think we were all astonished at how much it sold for, including the owner.”
The seller of the piece, who has asked not to be named, was given the paddle when he was nine.
Daisy added: “The owner had the paddle in his attic. He didn’t think it was worth much because there is a slight chip on the side.”
There were bidders from Belgium, France, America, Australia and New Zealand hoping to get hold of the antique.
The birds inscribed into the paddle are thought to be the Frigatebird - creatures which were sacred to the tribes at the time.