Celtic ring from pre-Roman Britain unearthed in Knaresborough may fetch £30,000
After selling it to its current owner for a couple of hundred pounds, the Iron Age ring lay out of the public eye in a cupboard at the owner's home.
But this precious artefact with its distinctive abstract design is now to be be auctioned off after being valued by experts at the British Museum at £30,000 approximately.
Dating back to 100BC, the ring found in Knaresborough is thought to have belonged to a chieftain of the Corieltauvi tribe, which ruled areas of Yorkshire and the Midlands prior to the Roman conquest.
It is believed the ring's owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, believed at first the rare find was either Roman or Anglo Saxon.