Girl to inherit £400k fortune from BBC journo after heir hunters found her

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A 15-year-old girl will inherit more than £400,000 from her estranged dad after a treasure trove was unearthed at his house.

Alexander Thomson, a former BBC World Service editor who covered East Africa and the Far East, died of lung cancer in September aged 71.

Mr Thomson was living in Ramsgate, Kent, before his death – and had collected rare works of art, Chinese artefacts, and the deeds to a 60ft boat.

However, he was unmarried and had no next of kin – speaking a hunt for the heir to his fortune.

Investigators tracked down the teenager in Indonesia after discovering that Mr Thomson had married a woman in the country.

She will now receive the proceeds from uncovered in the unassuming three-bed semi.

Various rare and valuable pieces of art were uncovered, including a19th century vase and a Straits China wedding footstool measuring just 33cm x 28cm that fetched £2,200 at auction.

The vase, covered in dust and hidden from view, sold for a huge £20,000.

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Dawsons Auctioneers & Valuers said the vase has a six-character mark on it related to the late 19th century Guangxu emperor, which made it so valuable.

Danny Curran, managing director of Finders International, says many of the items had an Asian influence and so they enlisted the help of Asian art expert Richard Harrison, of Dawsons Auctioneers and Valuers.

He said: "Only one of Alexander's two sisters had children and at first glance the sizeable estate was destined to be inherited by his only niece and nephew.

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"However, deeper and more forensic research by our team eventually revealed a young daughter in Asia."

Mr Thomson, who was born in Singapore, had a religious marriage ceremony in Indonesia.

Although it was not legally binding, the union resulted in a daughter born in 2006.

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Mr Curran added: "As a leading heir hunter, one part of our job is to find relatives entitled to inherit an estate when the deceased has died intestate, with no will and with no known next of kin.

"We are thrilled that we traced Alexander's daughter, who will rightly inherit his estate.

"We are sure that this is what Alexander would have wanted."

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