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In Video: The world’s most valuable teapot – not so suitable for a humble cuppa

The Egoist is encrusted with diamonds and rubies.

Take a look at this special teapot but be careful when pouring as it comes with a glittering £2.1 million price tag.

The Egoist, which has gone on display ahead of National Tea Day, is decorated with 1,658 diamonds, a 6.67 carat ruby plus 386 brilliant cut smaller ones, and also features a gold trim.

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The Egoist on show in London ahead of National Tea Day (Yui Mok/PA)

Designed by Nirmal Sethia, the teapot – which includes a ruby in the middle that belonged to his late wife Chitra – was given to the N Sethia Foundation, which supports youth activities, medical research and disaster relief.

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The Egoist was named as the world’s most valuable teapot (Yui Mok/PA)

It was named by Guinness World Records as the world’s most valuable teapot in 2016.

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