David Dickinson would have gone into cardiac arrest if he’d stumbled across this priceless antique in the local junk shop.

The Blue Snail of the Xing Chi Dynasty was commissioned by the Dragon King in the early 1500s and thought to have been destroyed in a feudal war that later raged across the province.

The snail was said to have the power of foresight and was revered as a magical totem.

Antique experts suggest it was used unwittingly for many years as an ornamental door stop in the Hong Kong Garden Takeaway in Leyton.

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