A long way to the auction.
She had spotted news of the auction of the contents of the early 19th Century Milbourne Hall near Ponteland on the internet.
The sale of the contents of Milbourne Hall, Pigdon House, near Morpeth, and Hedgeley House near Powburn at Anderson and Garland's headquarters in Westerhope Newcastle, sparked huge interest.
And An Nie found herself outbid amid fierce competition for the Chinese items from Milbourne.
But she did manage to buy one Chinese vase for pounds 460.
"It was a long way for An Nie to come and it is a pity she was outbid on so many items but at least she went away with one reminder of her trip to Tyneside," said Anderson and Garland senior partner Andrew McCoull.
"She did not seem to be too disappointed and appeared to be enjoying her trip to the North-East."
Items from the three country houses sold for a total of pounds 176,250. Among the sales was:
* A pair of 1950s nameplates for the LNER railway station in Walkergate, Newcastle, which sold for pounds 2,875.
* A pair of porcelain Chinese wig stands which fetched pounds 3,680 from a Thai dealer.