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Constable watercolour sells for more than £5,000 at Dorchester auction
4:29pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A RARE watercolour by renowned artist John Constable has sold for more than £5,000 at auction in Dorchester.
The nine-inch painting that dates back to the start of the 19th Century sold for £5,553 including the buyer’s premium and VAT at Duke’s.
The picture, which was found during a house valuation in Dorchester, was expected to fetch between £5,000 and £10,000.
Duke’s auctioneer Amy Brennan said: “It was at the lower end of the estimate but it’s still a really good result considering it was a tiny watercolour.”
Medical notes relating to Lord Lucan, that were expected to fetch £150, also fell slightly short as they went under the hammer for £110.
There was plenty of good news elsewhere in the sale though including a bronze piece by Robert Lindsey Clark that achieved a total price of £56,714, a Rossetti portrait that fetched nearly £42,000 and a Roger Eliot self portrait that went for nearly £40,000.
A set of Abingwood tearoom chairs also sold for nearly £21,000 while a Rembrandt self portrait etching went for £11,723.
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