A DFS sofa has been sold at Sotheby’s to an unknown buyer for a record £30m.
A wealthy Japanese collector of fine furniture bought the sofa, discovered in a neglected state in the front garden of a council house in Barnsley.
A Sotheby’s spokeswoman said: ‘The sofa had been in the garden for some time and was thought to be just another old Chippendale until a council refuse collector recognized the distinctive DFS style. It’s a real find.’
A rusty clapped-out fridge discovered in the same garden and to be auctioned next week is expected to set a new world record for an early Zanussi.