narrate the journey of the chinese statue
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Alexander Heathcote acquired the statue from an old craftsman in China. He was so fond of the statue that he wrote it down in his will that the statue must be passed on generation to generation and mustn’t be sold until and unless the family’s honour was at stake. After his death, his first-born, Major James Heathcote came into possession of the Ming Emperor. The colonel was not a man to disobey his father so he, too, wrote in his will following his father’s wishes about the heirloom. After the colonel’s death, the statue was bequeathed to his first-born, the Reverend Alexander Heathcote. He admired the Ming statue and before his death remembered to write clear instructions about the statue in his will. It then passed on to Captain James Heathcote, whose untimely death passed the statue into the hands of his then two-year old son, Alex Heathcote. Alex was a good-for-nothing, spendthrift and a selfish person who gambled away all his money. Unable to overcome his debt, he decided to sell the statue as his family’s honour was at stake. This was how the statue found its way to the auction room where the narrator bought it.
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